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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 Winter 2022
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.
- Reopens August 9, 2021
Recent 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 June 21, 2021
Recent 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.
Recent Series and Special Projects
ITVS in the Field
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June 9-20, 2021
New York, NY
June 17-27, 2021
San Francisco, CA
June 22-27, 2021
We join forces with visionaries like you from across America to bring risk-taking independent film to the public.
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From our blog
May 31, 2021
Julie Ha and Eugene Yi talk about the journey their film "Free Chol Soo Lee" has already made and the road that lies ahead, the importance of this story to Asian American activists, and impart some wisdom to doc makers about the process of applying to and working with ITVS.
May 21, 2021
A series of engagement events led by Independent Lens and Fair and Just Prosecution for Philly D.A. concluded with a survey around the criminal legal system. Read the results from more than 750 participants.
May 13, 2021
Experienced documentarians offer advice gleaned from their own journeys as filmmakers, from how to stick with it when it all seems so overwhelming, to finding your own support network, to how learning all the technical tricks of the trade will make your project stronger.