You’ve found a story and you’re committed to telling it—no matter what. Let’s do it together.
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 10, 2017 4:00 PM 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.
- The deadline for this round was February 17, 2017 5:00 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 projects only.
- Reopens Fall 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 documentary films funded through limited special open calls held over the years.
Recent Series and Special Projects
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.
April 20-25, 2017
New York, NY
Learn how to submit your film to Independent Lens.
This benchmark analysis provides new insight into how independent radio, television, and online producers intersect with the rapidly evolving public media landscape.
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 application troubleshooting to distribution, and everything that falls in-between, the Open Call team will be on hand to answer any last minute questions before the deadline.
Learn how to craft strong work samples that will make your project competitive for ITVS Open Call.
We break down the ITVS program description requirements and see excerpts of successful treatments.
Learn how to craft a budget for ITVS that will get your film finished on time and pay everyone an equitable salary.
From our blog
March 23, 2017
ITVS, alongside other organizations, will continue to underscore the importance of federal funds for our nation’s public media system and the value of independently produced programming on our public airwaves.
January 31, 2017
ITVS Digital Open Call seeks projects that take viewers into the hearts and minds of citizens who see the connections between the so-called winners and losers in our post-election world.
January 24, 2017
ITVS filmmakers land three Oscar Nominations including Best Feature Documentary and Best Motion Picture.