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    ITVS Humanities Documentary Development Fellowship

    A one-time, 12-month fellowship to help pandemic-affected independent documentary filmmakers develop high-potential projects that increase the diversity, urgency, and relevance of the nation’s humanities-centered documentary pipeline.

    Open until November 12, 2022 11:59 PM PST
    11/12/2022 23:59 PM America/Los_Angeles ITVS Humanities Documentary Development Fellowship Deadline Details at https://itvs.org/funding/itvs-humanities-documentary-development-fellowship MM/DD/YYYY aKiBAUpmXzpWKCxyzmOc24221

    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 in Winter 2022

    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 in 2022

    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 in 2022

    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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    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. Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium

      October 13-17, 2021
      Washington, DC
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      Sr. Director, Production

      David Eisenberg

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      Sr. Director, Engagement and Impact Innovation

      Sherry Simpson

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. ITVS Launches NEH-supported $1.7 Million Fellowship for Independent Filmmakers and Advisors Working in the Humanities

      October 5, 2021

      How can supporting a diverse cohort of 20 filmmakers for one year bring new perspectives to documentary filmmaking and the humanities?

    2. ITVS and Independent Lens Filmmakers Honored with 2021 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

      September 29, 2021

      PBS’s award-winning documentary anthology series Independent Lens, in association with ITVS, today announced films released under its banner have been honored with two News and Documentary Emmy® Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).We are so pleased to salute the producers of these documentaries, which aired on

    3. Wrapping Up 2021 Independents Summit: What Does "Now" Look Like for Doc Makers

      September 2, 2021

      ITVS robust 2021 edition of its Independents Summit was jam-packed with panels of ITVS-funded filmmakers, industry partners, PBS reps, and thought leaders asking, What does "now" look like for documentary makers in a rapidly changing media landscape? Read on for our recap.