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Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
Featured Open Call Projects
Diversity Development Fund
Diversity Development Fund (DDF) gives directors of color up to $35,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for public media.
Featured 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.
Featured 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.
Featured Series and Special Projects
ITVS in the Field
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LALIFFMay 31 - June 4, 2023
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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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ITVS Open Call Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions about ITVS Open Call.
ITVS Diversity Development Fund Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions about ITVS Diversity Development Fund.
ITVS Short-Form Open Call Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions about ITVS Short Form Open Call.
From our blog
Lisa Tawil Joins the International Board of INPUTJune 1, 2023
Discover how Lisa Tawil's appointment to the International Board of INPUT strengthens worldwide collaboration in public media.
A Fruitful Collaborative Year: Filmmakers and Scholars Reflect on First Humanities Documentary Development FundMay 2, 2023
With the help of the advisors and filmmakers who participated, we look back on a year of work for ITVS Humanities Documentary Development Fund recipients.
ITVS Receives NEA Research Grant to Better Understand Relationship Between Documentary Makers and ParticipantsMarch 21, 2023
Amid intense ongoing discussions of ethics in the arts, including the potential power imbalance between filmmakers and film participants, ITVS will research evidence-based practices that documentary filmmakers may use as they work with people who participate in their films. ITVS is partnering with researchers from Columbia University and…
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