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    Open Call

    Open Call provides funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.

    Reopens December 12, 2016 5:00 AM PST

    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.

    Reopens Fall 2017

    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.

    Reopens Winter 2017

    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 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 programming team at an event. We want to hear about your latest projects.

    1. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

      November 21-23, 2016
      Amsterdam, Netherlands
      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

    2. Sundance Film Festival

      January 19-24, 2017
      Park City, UT
      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

      Senior Content Director

      Noland Walker

    Independent Lens

    Learn how to submit your film to Independent Lens.

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    Filmmaker Resources

    • Fill 54 Created with Sketch. The AIR/ITVS Scan of Independent Journalists

      This benchmark analysis provides new insight into how independent radio, television, and online producers intersect relative to the rapidly evolving landscape of public media of the last three years.

    • Fill 54 Created with Sketch. ITVS Digital Survey 2011

      ITVS surveyed independent producers to share their thoughts about changes in the digital marketplace. We took the opportunity to combine their responses with other ITVS research and observations on the landscape and its impact on producers.

    • From Concept to Contract

      ITVS can give you the funding and support you need to tell your story. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process submitted proposals follow.

    From our blog

    1. The New Filmmakers, Welcome Home

      October 24, 2016

      The ITVS 25th anniversary celebrations continue as we build upon the new visual identity we unveiled earlier this summer with a top to bottom website refresh.

    2. ITVS Launches New Brand Identity

      July 15, 2016

      As ITVS celebrates our 25th anniversary this year, we are looking firmly to the future. We’re known and celebrated for bringing the best independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast documentary films and new media programs to local, national, and international audiences. We push frontiers by

    3. Open Call Webinars: How to Craft Work Samples, Treatments, and Budgets

      July 14, 2016

      In the lead up to the Open Call deadline on August 5th, ITVS is hosting a series of webinars to provide support, insight, and tips for upcoming applicants. This post will be updated with taped webinars for reference, but we’d love to answer your questions in real time. Please RSVP at the links below! Writing