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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.

    Reopens May 3, 2021

    Recent Open Call Projects

    Diversity Development Fund

    DDF gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.

    Open Summer 2021

    Recent 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.

    Open Summer 2021

    Recent 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.


    Recent Series and Special Projects

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    Filmmaker Resources

    From our blog

    1. ITVS Statement of Solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

      March 8, 2021

      ITVS stands in solidarity with Asian communities, as well as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as they endure a surge of racist discrimination and hate crimes across the world

    2. Sundance from Home: Finding New Ways to Network and Connect

      March 2, 2021

      Try Harder! and Ailey directors Debbie Lum and Jamila Wignot report back about the challenges and rewards of premiering virtually.

    3. Three Quick Questions with 2021 Sundance Filmmakers

      February 5, 2021

      We asked ITVS-supported Sundance filmmakers—Debbie Lum, director of Try Harder!, and Ailey director Jamila Wignot and producer Lauren DeFilippo—3 quick and light questions about how they're doing while they ramped up to premiere their films.