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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 January 6, 2020 9:00 AM PST
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
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From our blog
November 1, 2019
Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther's first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the…
October 29, 2019
Native American filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer talks with writer Jason Asenap about making a film on one of the preeminent Native writers, N. Scott Momaday, including how he shot the flashback recreations and animated sequences.
September 24, 2019
It was a night to remember at the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony in New York City, as ITVS filmmakers garnered five Emmy Awards, on top of 16 total nominations. The Awards, as announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), were presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, September 24, and…