Digital Open Call

Our newest initiative gives you seed funding so you can develop digital stories for public media. Emerging storytellers are welcome.

The deadline for this round was March 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST

The Application Process


Digital Open Call has one funding round per year.

We’re looking for exceptional stories on any subject. We provide up to $30,000 in research and development funding to help you take your original digital content idea to the pilot stage for distribution on public media. 

Digital Open Call is only open to pre-production nonfiction projects. If your film is already in progress, apply to Open Call. On average, applicants spend 1-2 weeks completing their applications.

Digital Open Call is not a grant. You’ll receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS first-look rights over your project during the term of the contract.

Who We Fund

Digital Open Call supports:

  • Proposals for digital stories in development that have not yet begun principal production.

  • Proposals for digital series of any length or number of episodes.  

  • All genres: non-fiction, linear, transmedia.


You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • The owner of the copyright of your production and maintain editorial control of the story.

  • Not employed as a producer or director by a broadcast entity or film studio.

  • Someone with previous digital production experience in a principal role: director, co-director, producer, co-producer. Student work won’t be reviewed.

  • Applying to only this ITVS funding initiative at this time – we won’t review projects already under consideration for other ITVS funding.

  • A citizen or legal resident of the U.S. or its external territories age 18 or older.

What to Expect

The Review Process

After you submit your application, you will receive notification of your status within three months. The top 10 to 15 percent of applicants will be asked to submit additional materials for further review. 

Production and Distribution

Digital Open Call gives you funding so you can develop your project for public media. After the development cycle, all projects are reviewed for production funding. However, receiving funding from Digital Open Call isn’t a guarantee that you will receive production funding from ITVS.

You’ll own the copyright and maintain creative, editorial, and financial control of your project. ITVS retains the option for U.S television broadcast rights for up to 90 days after we receive any required deliverables.