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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 15, 2020 9:00 AM PDT

    Recent 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 August 3, 2020 9:00 AM PDT

    Recent 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.

    Submissions Accepted Year-Round

    Recent 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.


    Recent Series and Special Projects

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. Ramona Diaz Explores Reproductive Justice in the Philippines

      May 12, 2020

      Ramona Diaz talks about her powerful ITVS Open Call and Diversity Development Fund-supported film "Motherland," including how she got through the complicated shoot at the world’s busiest maternity hospital, in Manila.

    2. The Role of Filmmakers in Documenting Global Health Crises

      April 24, 2020

      Two of the filmmakers behind ITVS-supported Survivors reflect back on making a film during the Ebola outbreak in Africa and lessons we can learn during the COVID crisis.

    3. Applying for Federal COVID-19 Relief as a Filmmaker - Webinar Recordings, Related Resources and FAQ

      April 2, 2020

      Hour-long webinar to learn the basics of applying for the various Small Business Administration relief programs.