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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 Winter 2021

    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.

    Open until September 11, 2020 11:59 PM PDT
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    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.

    Reopens Winter 2021

    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. "Filmmaking Is Not a Career, It’s a Calling"

      August 12, 2020

      Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña talks about the PBS series she produced, Asian Americans, as well as her extensive career, her association with ITVS, and racism during the time of COVID.

    2. Eunice Lau Accepts the Call to Tell Powerful Stories

      August 6, 2020

      Filmmaker Eunice Lau talks about how to draw an audience in using different cinematic techniques, applying for ITVS's Diversity Development Fund, and the risks involved when tackling the subject of terrorism for her film "Accept the Call."

    3. ITVS Summer Summit: Bringing Our Community Forward

      July 22, 2020

      ITVS Independents Summit will commence on July 28th and, in keeping with the unusual and ever-changing nature of things, be spread out virtually over the course of several weeks, through the end of August. The theme of this convening is Our Community Forward, coming at a time when everyone feels incredibly isolated. ITVS wants to support our gifted