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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 26, 2019 11:59 PM PDT

    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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    ITVS in the Field

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

    1. News and Documentary Emmy Awards

      September 24-24, 2019
      New York,, NY
      Director of Production

      David Eisenberg

      Digital Content Producer

      Danielle Orange

    2. New Orleans Film Festival

      October 16-23, 2019
      New Orleans, LA
      Series Producer, Digital Initiatives

      Pamela Torno

    3. Bay Area Video Coalition Panel

      October 16-16, 2019
      San Francisco, CA
      Content Development Manager

      Jannet Nuñez

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. Diverse Stories Resonate with Debbie Lum

      August 30, 2019

      Debbie Lum, DDF-funded for her film My Tiger Mom, and also an ITVS alum for Try Harder! and Seeking Asian Female, talks about what it meant to be funded in name of diversity.

    2. When Filmmaker and Subject Are Father and Son: Tadashi and Robert Nakamura in Their "Third Act"

      August 26, 2019

      Documentary filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura opens up about making a film about--and with--his father, longtime documentary maker and teacher Robert Nakamura.

    3. For Royal Rodgers, Perseverance Is Key

      August 26, 2019

      We spoke with Royal Rodgers, whose project Hollywood’s Architect was among the very first films to receive ITVS development funding in 2004, and is due at last to air on PBS in 2020.