You’ve found a story and you’re committed to telling it—no matter what. Let’s do it together.
Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
- The deadline for this round was July 26, 2019 11:59 PM PDT
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.
- The deadline for this round was September 13, 2019 11:59 PM PDT
Recent Diversity Development Fund Projects
Digital Open Call
Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a story on public media digital platforms. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.
- Reopens Winter 2020
Recent Digital 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
ITVS in the Field
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September 24-24, 2019
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October 16-16, 2019
San Francisco, CA
We join forces with visionaries like you from across America to bring risk-taking independent film to the public.
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ITVS can give you the funding and support you need to tell your story. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process submitted proposals follow.
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From our blog
August 30, 2019
Debbie Lum, DDF-funded for her film My Tiger Mom, and also an ITVS alum for Try Harder! and Seeking Asian Female, talks about what it meant to be funded in name of diversity.
August 26, 2019
Documentary filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura opens up about making a film about--and with--his father, longtime documentary maker and teacher Robert Nakamura.
August 26, 2019
We spoke with Royal Rodgers, whose project Hollywood’s Architect was among the very first films to receive ITVS development funding in 2004, and is due at last to air on PBS in 2020.