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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 July 28, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

    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.

    The deadline for this round was 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.

    The deadline for this round was September 15, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

    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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    From our blog

    1. Television Academy Selects ITVS as Recipient of 2017 Governors Award

      August 9, 2017

      Television Academy Selects ITVS as recipient of 2017 Governors Award

    2. ITVS Board Elects Two New Members

      April 20, 2017

      ITVS is pleased to announce that Delida Costin and Sharon La Cruise have joined our Board of Directors.

    3. Dawn Porter's "TRAPPED" Wins Peabody Award

      April 19, 2017

      ITVS-funded film TRAPPED wins a 2017 Peabody Award, and four more ITVS films were finalists.