You’ve found a story and you’re committed to telling it—no matter what. Let’s do it together.
We join forces with visionaries like you from across America to bring risk-taking independent film to the public.
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
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 12-13, 2018
San Francisco, CA
April 26 - May 6, 2018
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 our blog
March 8, 2018
ITVS-funded filmmaker Erika Cohn to discuss the unexpected joy in meeting Judge Kholoud and the project that became The Judge.
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…
January 23, 2018
For the second consecutive year, an ITVS-funded film will contend for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.