Attention Filmmakers! Changes to ITVS Open Call

You’ve given us feedback through surveys, emails, phone calls, and one-on-one meetings.  And we have been listening!  The Programming Department is excited to announce some changes to our Open Call initiative.


The following changes have been made to the application process for the ITVS Open Call initiative. For a complete listing of rules and regulations, please visit the ITVS Open Call page on the ITVS website.


The upcoming deadline is August 8th.  This will allow filmmakers to learn more about the changes to our application process and update their materials accordingly.  This will also give applicants from the previous round more time to revise their materials before applying again while also providing a breather for Open Call staff.


Applicant will be notified about the status of the submissions within 15 weeks of the application deadline.   Previously, applicants who went through all three phases of review had to wait up to five months for final funding decisions to be made.  We understand that five months can be a lifetime in the course of a film.


One of the reasons we’re able to shorten the cycle length is that we’re making changes to the application materials. Instead of submitting a condensed three-page program description, we’re now expanding the program description to be up to seven pages in length.

We’ve also changed the length requirements for the work-in-progress sample. Now, we will only accept work samples that are between 10 to 15 minutes or a full rough cut that is within 20% of the proposed length. For example, if you’re applying for an hour long project, your rough cut cannot be any longer than 72 minutes.

If your project gets to the Panel Review phase, then we will only ask you to send a production questionnaire and a full budget in addition to the materials you previously submitted.


We’re constantly looking for an online application system that is intuitive and easy to use for both applicants and staff members.  After trying a few different systems in the last three years, we’ve used your feedback to develop a new online application system.

This intuitive system will allow you to continue editing your application materials up until the deadline.  Each applicant will have their own account and you’ll be able to see what materials you submitted in previous rounds.


Now that we have given ourselves more time in between Open Call rounds, we can provide more resources and tools to you, the filmmakers.  We will be hosting weekly webinars in the month leading up to the deadline:

July 10th
Writing the ITVS Treatment Writing Webinar (recap:

July 17th
Work-in-Progresses That Work Webinar (read the transcript)

July 24th
ITVS Budgeting Basics Webinar (Register here:

July 31st
Open Call Live Chat

These webinars will allow you to answer any burning questions around any of those subjects.

For more details about the Open Call initiative or ITVS funding in general, please go to the updated funding pages on our website. And stay tuned to our blog, Twitter and Facebook!