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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.
Featured Open Call Projects
Diversity Development Fund
DDF gives directors of color up to $35,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.
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.
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
January 12, 2023
ITVS announced today that it will launch a search for its next chief executive officer to succeed Sally Jo Fifer. She will remain in her role until the board hires and onboards a new President and CEO.“What a gift it has been these past 22 years to serve film artists who engage and transform our hearts and minds — make us more empathetic, more just, more wise,”…
December 8, 2022
ITVS and FWD-Doc collaborated on the analysis of data on disability representation in documentary films. Both organizations are addressing structural inequities, and through separate projects and collective efforts, change is afoot. Read more in this new joint report.
December 2, 2022
By ITVS StaffIt is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we write of the passing of documentary filmmaker extraordinaire Julia Reichert, after a lengthy journey with cancer. Julia was so much a part of the documentary landscape for decades that it would be difficult to properly summarize all of her important contributions to film. She was a member of the…