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. Carefully review the full eligibility criteria before beginning an application.
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 February and August. Applicants may apply with only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes 12 to 15 weeks. Only one to three percent of Open Call applicants will receive funding.
Open Call is not a grant; ITVS provides a co-production investment in the program.