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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 June 18, 2018 9:00 AM PDT

    Recent Open Call 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.

    The deadline for this round was March 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST

    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 nonfiction projects only.

    Reopens August 6, 2018 9:00 AM PDT

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

    1. Seattle International Film Festival

      May 25-28, 2018
      Seattle, WA
      Senior Manager of Content and Initiatives

      Monika Navarro

      Supervising Producer

      Michael Kinomoto

    2. Southern Documentary Fund Filmmaker Convening

      June 1-3, 2018
      Durham, NC
      Supervising Producer

      Michael Ehrenzweig

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    From our blog

    1. Believing in Yourself and Your Story

      May 9, 2018

      Councilwoman follows the story of Carmen, a hotel housekeeper and mother from the Dominican Republic striving to advocate for low-income workers from the margins to Providence, Rhode Island city politics. Her journey encourages us all to reflect on who should be responsible for the decision-making in our communities. Margo Guernsey, director of

    2. Three ITVS-Funded Documentaries Will Receive Peabody Awards

      April 17, 2018

      Now in it’s 77th year, the Peabody Awards announced the winners of the 2018 documentary prize. Of the nine documentaries that will be receiving awards, three are ITVS-funded; Newtown, Deej, and Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise will be honored on May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York."Our documentary filmmakers know what hard work is all about," noted

    3. Danfung Dennis - Filmmaker, Photographer, and VR Storyteller - Joins the ITVS Board

      April 12, 2018

      New ITVS board member Danfung Dennis brings traditional and cutting edge storytelling perspective to the ITVS governing body.