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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 15, 2019 11:59 PM PST

    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.

    Reopens March 11, 2019 9:00 AM PDT

    Recent Digital 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.

    The deadline for this round was September 14, 2018 11:59 PM 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

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    1. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

      February 15-24, 2019
      Missoula, MT
      Content Development Manager

      Jannet Nunez

      Supervising Producer

      Michael Kinomoto

      Series Producer, Digital Initiatives

      Pamela Torno

    2. True/False Film Fest

      February 28 - March 3, 2019
      Columbia, MO
      Vice President of Content

      Noland Walker

    3. South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)

      March 8-17, 2019
      Austin, TX
      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

      Series Producer, Digital Initiatives

      Pamela Torno

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. Risk Takers, Welcome to Your Summit

      February 1, 2019

      You have an exceptional story to tell and deserve the best partner to help set the stage for engaging communities via public media. We are here to support your vision and reach that pinnacle. The ITVS Independents Summit will elevate our shared values and be the place for you, ITVS staff, and industry partners to plant a flag and stake a claim for excellence in

    2. Two ITVS Films Receive Academy Award Nominations

      January 22, 2019

      Today we are excited to announce that Hale County This Morning, This Evening and ITVS Open Call-funded Minding the Gap have been nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Oscars. The Oscars will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 24th. Minding the Gap, directed by first-time filmmaker Bing Liu, and Hale

    3. When Your Film is About Your Neighbors

      January 17, 2019

      Going home can be challenging in many circumstances, but returning home to capture a nearby community in turmoil can add a whole new layer of complexity.  Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, directors of ITVS Open Call funded My Country No More, described those challenges and share some insight into capturing the rural community of Trenton, North