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Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
- Reopens Winter 2021
Recent Open Call Projects
Diversity Development Fund
DDF gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.
Open until September 11, 2020 11:59 PM PDT
09/11/2020 23:59 PM America/Los_Angeles Diversity Development Fund Deadline Details at https://itvs.org/funding/diversity-development-fund MM/DD/YYYY aKiBAUpmXzpWKCxyzmOc24221
Recent Diversity Development Fund Projects
Short-Form Open Call
Short-Form Open Call offers development and co-production funding to help you complete your short nonfiction film or series for distribution on public media's web-based platforms.
- Reopens Winter 2021
Recent Short-Form Open Call Projects
Series and Special Projects
We commission a limited number of innovative and timely projects for public media, providing development and production funding. Submissions for Series and Special Project funding are by invitation-only. This collection also encompasses documentary films funded through limited special open calls held over the years.
Recent Series and Special Projects
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From our blog
August 6, 2020
Filmmaker Eunice Lau talks about how to draw an audience in using different cinematic techniques, applying for ITVS's Diversity Development Fund, and the risks involved when tackling the subject of terrorism for her film "Accept the Call."
July 22, 2020
ITVS Independents Summit will commence on July 28th and, in keeping with the unusual and ever-changing nature of things, be spread out virtually over the course of several weeks, through the end of August. The theme of this convening is Our Community Forward, coming at a time when everyone feels incredibly isolated. ITVS wants to support our gifted…
July 16, 2020
Australian filmmaker Patty Zagarella talks to ITVS about her experience producing the Blind Love series (including the annoyance of having a very similarly titled but very different Netflix series pop up at the same time) and about the process of applying for Short-Form Open Call.