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    Open Call

    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 2022

    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.

    Reopens August 9, 2021

    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.

    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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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. Report: Stories for a Stronger Nation

      July 19, 2021

      ITVS is proud to share Stories for a Stronger Nation, a report that represents the culmination of a months-long series of conversations convened by ITVS board members Garry Denny, Sharon La Cruise and Patricia Aufderheide and published in collaboration with the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) at American University with support from Ford

    2. ITVS Shares Our Progress on POC Representation

      July 6, 2021

      ITVS is committed today to publish key data that we provide each fiscal year to our Board.

    3. "Free Chol Soo Lee" Filmmakers Share Desire to Tell Complex, Nuanced Stories of Asian Americans

      May 31, 2021

      Julie Ha and Eugene Yi talk about the journey their film "Free Chol Soo Lee" has already made and the road that lies ahead, the importance of this story to Asian American activists, and impart some wisdom to doc makers about the process of applying to and working with ITVS.