ITVS Open Call Frequently Asked Questions

June 20, 2018

Q: Does ITVS accept the Documentary Core application

A: ITVS contributed to the development of the Documentary Core application, and has incorporated many of the elements into the Open Call application. However, because ITVS is a public fund, there are additional questions and information that are required. 

Q: How will I know if ITVS has received my proposal?

A: You will receive an email from the application portal and ITVS confirming receipt of your proposal.

Q. What is the preferred length for a work sample? Will you accept a trailer or sample scenes?

A. The work sample must have a total run time between 10 and 15 minutes. The work sample may include a trailer, sample scenes, or a work-in-progress. Whatever best exhibits your story, characters, vision and approach to the subject. 

Q: At what stage should I submit a Rough Cut? 

A: If you have begun editing and have a rough cut, you are welcome to submit a rough cut in lieu of a shorter work sample. Please note we do not recommend sending in assembly cuts as it may be too early in your editing process. We also do not recommend submitting a fine cut of your film as you may be too far along to be considered for co-production funding. 

Q: When will I find out if my application has been recommended for funding?

A: Projects that are recommended for Open Call funding will be notified within four months of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified in writing via email of funding decisions.

Q: Will ITVS provide feedback If my project is not funded?

A: All projects that advance to Panel review will receive feedback. Projects that do not advance beyond the Reader review may not receive feedback if they were not competitive with other projects submitted. All decisions by ITVS regarding funding and the application process are final and are not subject to appeal. Read more here: 

Q. Can I provide project updates after my application is submitted?

A. Yes. You are welcome to email ITVS regarding a major funding update. Please bear in mind that no updated application materials will be accepted after the application deadline.

Q. Will you accept an application after the deadline?

A. No. In order to maintain a consistent and fair application process, ITVS will not accept applications after the deadline. 

Q: May I ask ITVS to review an element of my proposal before I apply? For example, a trailer, synopsis, or website?

A: No. In order to be fair and transparent, ITVS formally reviews materials as part of the Open Call evaluation process after they have been submitted for consideration.

Q: I do not have any funds secured to date. Am I still eligible for funding?

A: Yes. You are eligible for Open Call funding regardless of whether you have previously secured funds. All proposals should include any pending funds and a fundraising strategy that details how you will raise the funds to complete the broadcast version of your project. This may include (and is not limited to) foundation grants, state and federal arts and humanities council grants, license agreements (pre-sales), individual donors, equity investors, crowdsource funding, and Producer Cash. 

Q: Do I need a fiscal sponsor? 

A:  No, you do not need a fiscal sponsor to apply to Open Call. 

Q: Can I reapply if my proposal has been declined in the past?

A:  Yes. You are welcome to re-apply to Open Call or other ITVS funding initiatives. If you are reapplying with a previously declined project, we do not recommend sending in the same materials from previous applications. 

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: You may send an email query with specific questions to  Please understand that we cannot provide status updates. If ITVS needs additional information we will contact you during the review and decision process.

Q:   I am having trouble with the online application form. Can I submit by email or mail?

A: No. Applications must be submitted through the online process, If you are experiencing difficulty using the online form please contact