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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.

    Reopens Winter 2021

    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 Winter 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. What Role Do Documentaries Play in Conversations About Race?

      October 12, 2020

      The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) released a study entitled “Breaking the Silence: How Documentaries Can Shape the Conversation on Racial Violence in America and Create New Communities,” which shows that in a time of escalating media distrust and expanding news deserts, Americans view documentary storytelling as a trustworthy

    2. Welcoming Newest Films to ITVS Family in 2020

      October 5, 2020

      ITVS welcomes the newest members of the ITVS family, funded through our Open Call, Short-Form Open Call, Diversity Development Fund (DDF), and Series & Special Projects initiatives. From a community in Chicago fighting to keep its high-achieving school open in the face of gentrification, to a renegade safe injection site in Canada committed to

    3. ITVS Takes Home Three 2020 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

      September 22, 2020

      We are pleased to announce that ITVS-supported films were honored with three prestigious News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Congrats to the winning filmmakers. Read on for more.