Open Call gives independent producers up to $350,000 to complete production for a standalone broadcast length documentary to air on public television. The documentary can be on any subject, viewpoint or style (except live action drama or fiction) as long as it is in active production already, as evidenced via a work in progress sample. For pre-production nonfiction projects, see Diversity Development Fund or Digital Open Call.
We’re looking for exceptional storytelling that’s in line with our mission: stories that take risks, tackle important issues, address the needs of underserved audiences, and are seldom seen in public media. We know how hard you’ve worked on your project, and we’ll partner with you to help you finish it, then distribute it on public television.
Open Call is not a grant. You will receive funding in the form of a production agreement that assigns ITVS certain rights over your project during the term of the contract.
Be sure to allow sufficient time (2-4 weeks) to complete the application. ITVS has adopted the Documentary Core standards for our funding applications. Much of the Open Call application has been aligned with this model, however, there is some additional information required to complete the application as ITVS funds documentaries for public television.