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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.

Open until December 16, 2022 11:59 PM PST
12/16/2022 23:59 PM America/Los_Angeles Open Call Deadline Details at https://itvs.orgwww.itvs.org/funding/open-call MM/DD/YYYY aKiBAUpmXzpWKCxyzmOc24221

Featured Open Call Projects

Diversity Development Fund

DDF gives directors of color up to $35,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.

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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

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From our blog

  1. We Remember Julia Reichert

    December 2, 2022

    By ITVS StaffIt is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we write of the passing of documentary filmmaker extraordinaire Julia Reichert, after a lengthy journey with cancer.  Julia was so much a part of the documentary landscape for decades that it would be difficult to properly summarize all of her important contributions to film. She was a member of the

  2. ”The Process Is the Product” A Values-Based Approach to Documentary Filmmaking

    November 28, 2022

    “Power shapes content!” Chi-hui Yang captured in three words an unspoken truth about the practice of documentary filmmaking. In the four years since the JustFilm head’s keynote at the 2018 International Documentary Association’s Getting Real conference, filmmakers have contended with a racial reckoning, a global pandemic, and their own approach to

  3. Independent Lens Raises Awareness of Harms Caused by Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender Law

    June 30, 2022

    Independent Lens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Louisville Courier Journal (LCJ) raised awareness of Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender (PFO) through a collaboration between independent filmmakers and journalists. The investigative series drew a link between the law's enhanced sentencing terms to the state’s high and growing prison