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ITVS Open Call
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national and international audiences. The independent producers who create ITVS programs take creative risks, tackle complex issues and express points of view seldom explored in the mass media. ITVS programs enrich the cultural landscape with the voices and visions of underrepresented communities, and reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse society.
Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or animation public television programs. Open Call has two deadlines per year. Open Call Round 1 deadline: June 28, 2013.
Open Call is going digital!
Please be sure to read the updated How To Apply page for details.
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.
Open Call accepts:
Single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour). In rare cases, when a filmmaker’s skills, subject, and story structure warrant it, ITVS will consider programs at feature lengths.
Works-in-progress (for nonfiction submissions), i.e. projects that have already begun production
Programs that can be completed within one year of contract
Open Call does not accept:
Proposals for completed projects seeking distribution
Series proposals or fictional dramas
Projects intended solely for theatrical release
There are two funding rounds per year, and the deadlines are typically in mid-January and late-July / early-August. Applicants may apply with only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to five months. Only one to two percent of Open Call applicants will receive funding.
Open Call is not a grant; ITVS provides a co-production investment in the program.
ITVS Open Call 651 Brannan Street, Suite 410
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