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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.

    The deadline for this round was February 9, 2018 11:59 PM PST

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    Digital Open Call

    Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a story on public media digital platforms. Pre-production projects only.

    Open until March 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST
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    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 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. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

      February 16-25, 2018
      Missoula, MT
      Content Development Manager

      Jannet Nunez

      Senior Manager of Content and Initiatives

      Monika Navarro

      Series Producer, Digital Initiatives

      Pamela Torno

    2. True/False Film Fest

      March 1-4, 2018
      Columbia, MO
      Vice President of Content

      Noland Walker

    3. South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)

      March 9-17, 2018
      Austin, TX
      Series Producer, Independent Lens

      Amy Shatsky-Gambrill

      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

      Series Producer, Digital Initiatives

      Pamela Torno

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    From our blog

    1. Abacus: Small Enough To Jail Nominated for 2018 Academy Award

      January 23, 2018

      For the second consecutive year, an ITVS-funded film will contend for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

    2. Catch ITVS at Sundance

      January 18, 2018

      It's that time of year again to don our puffer coats and snow boots. ITVS will head to Park City, Utah to support ITVS-funded and co-produced films at the storied Sundance Film Festival. We hope to see you at one of the premieres or picking up some festival gear! Don't miss the World Premiere of Bing Lu's Minding the Gap.Bing, a Chinese American 25-year-old,

    3. F is for Finding Visibility: Stepping in Front of the Lens

      January 4, 2018

      Seasoned documentarians turn cameras on themselves to share their transracial adoption story in The F Word.