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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.

    The deadline for this round was December 18, 2020 11:59 PM PST

    Featured 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 Summer 2021

    Featured 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 Summer 2021

    Featured 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.


    Featured Series and Special Projects

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    From our blog

    1. The Attack on Our Democracy

      January 8, 2021

      As an organization that exists to strengthen our democracy, ITVS condemns the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and all that it exemplifies.

    2. Lois Vossen Elected to Television Academy Board of Governors Executive Committee

      January 6, 2021

      Lois Vossen has been the executive producer of Independent Lens since the show's inception as a primetime series on PBS.

    3. Philly D.A. Docuseries Will Premiere at Sundance

      December 15, 2020

      Philly D.A., a multi-part series co-produced by ITVS that details the dramatic work inside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, will premiere at Sundance Film Festival.