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We join forces with visionaries like you from across America to bring risk-taking independent film to the public.

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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

    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.

    The deadline for this round was March 2, 2018 11:59 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 nonfiction 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. HCI Inclusive Diversity Conference

      April 12-13, 2018
      San Francisco, CA
      Vice President of Content

      Noland Walker

    2. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

      April 26 - May 6, 2018
      Toronto, Canada
      Executive Producer of Independent Lens

      Lois Vossen

    Independent Lens

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. When Your Film Protagonist Finds You

      March 8, 2018

      ITVS-funded filmmaker Erika Cohn to discuss the unexpected joy in meeting Judge Kholoud and the project that became The Judge.

    2. Using Data to Measure Impact

      February 27, 2018

      How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?  If you’re a social scientist, you evaluate it.That’s what the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program did in one of the most extensive studies ever to look at the impact of documentary film in a global development setting (173 pages with attachments, for those counting).  The recently

    3. 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.