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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.

    Open until February 10, 2017 4:00 PM PST

    Recent Open Call Projects

    Digital Open Call

    Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a series on public media platforms. Pre-production projects only.

    Open until February 17, 2017 5:00 PM PST

    Recent Digital Open Call Projects

    Diversity Development Fund

    DDF gives producers of color up to $15,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production projects only.

    Reopens Fall 2017

    Recent Diversity Development Fund 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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    ITVS in the Field

    We’d love to meet you! Join the ITVS programming team at an event. We want to hear about your latest projects.

    1. South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)

      March 10-18, 2017
      Austin, TX
      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

      Managing Director of Marketing & Communications

      Lisa Tawil

      Director of Digital Properties

      Daniel Ross

      Social Media Manager

      Aldo Mora-Blanco

      Senior Manager, Engagement & Impact

      Daniel Moretti

      Contracts Attorney

      Flora Pereira

    Independent Lens

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    Filmmaker Resources

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    • From Concept to Contract

      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.

    • ITVS Budgeting Webinar

      Learn how to craft a budget for ITVS that will get your film finished on time and pay everyone an equitable salary.

    From our blog

    1. Raoul Peck's "I Am Not Your Negro" Nominated for 2017 Academy Award

      January 24, 2017

      ITVS filmmakers land three Oscar Nominations including Best Feature Documentary and Best Motion Picture.

    2. ITVS Heads to Park City for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

      January 18, 2017

      ITVS is back at the world famous Sundance Film Festival in 2017 to proudly support four of our funded films: QUEST, The Force, Motherland, and Tell Them We Are Rising.

    3. ITVS Open Call and Digital Open Call Now Accepting Submissions

      December 12, 2016

      ITVS documentary funding application windows now open for feature-length documentary works-in-progress and original web series pilots.