ITVS is proud to to be part of two proposed panel discussions for next year’s SXSW festival in Austin. We may be biased but we think both our panels are very worthy of inclusion in SXSW programming, and we could use your vote. So sign up and give us a thumb’s up!
“This is such an exciting time to be working in digital content – interactive documentaries are everywhere, changing people’s notions of how to tell a story,” says Karim Ahmad, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS. “But when you think about the implications of these new platforms for fictional storyworlds, the possibilities are literally limitless. What does an interactive fictional film or web series look like? How do you build one? Why would you even want to build one? These are all the things we’re going to explore in our panel.” Continue reading →
Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton hosted an informative live chat last Thursday to answer any submission questions for the Diversity Development Fund. ITVS will be accepting applications through Friday, August 16th.
While the chat has come and gone, check out the archived conversation below for helpful submission tips and insights. The original chat can be viewed here.
Hi everyone. Thanks for joining us. Looks like we have a small group today. But that just means more time for you to get all of your pressing questions in. My name is N’Jeri Eaton and I’m a programming manager here at ITVS.
I manage the Diversity Development Fund. The deadline for the fund is Friday, August 16th at 5pm PT. We’re also going digital for the first time this year. So please make sure to check our site and read about our new online application process. Continue reading →
DDF provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve underrepresented audiences with programs that take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. Please note that the new deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th.
To date, projects selected for the Diversity Development Fund have had national broadcasts on Independent Lens and P.O.V., and have leveraged support from organizations including the National Minority Consortia, the Sundance Doc Fund, Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ford Foundation.
Funding activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.
Producers from cultural and ethnic communities historically underrepresented on public television.
Projects not yet in production
Join Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton for a Diversity Development Fund live chat on Thursday, August 1st at 11am PT. She will be there to answer any of your questions about the initiative ahead of the deadline. You can participate in the live chat here: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/t42mx
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.
Programs that can be completed within one year of contract
The deadline June 28th, 2013.
Want to know what makes a good work-in-progress? Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. A work-in-progress can vary depending on what material you have, the style of your film, what stage of production you’re in, etc. Check out the insight and advice given by three ITVS-funded producers who have successfully submitted to the Open Call initiative: Shukree Tilghman (More Than a Month), Brad Lichtenstein (As Goes Janesville), and Michael Collins (Give Up Tomorrow).
Additionally, ITVS will be hosting a live chat on Monday, June 24th at 1pm ET/10am PT. Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton and Senior Production Manager Jorge Trelles will be on hand to answer your questions, from treatments to budgets and all that falls between.
The third and final installment of our Open Call “Work-in-Progress” series focuses on the determined filmmaking duo behind Give Up Tomorrow, whose dogged persistence in refining their work-in-progress finally resulted in their film being greenlit. Having successfully submitted to ITVS Open Call, they reveal the thought process behind their editing decisions and advice for potential applicants.
NOTE: Due to rights clearance issues, we are unable to share the work-in-progress samples for these films.Continue reading →
The ITVS Open Call deadline is only five days away, making it the perfect time to read the next installment of our ‘work –in-progress’ series.
Submitting an enticing ‘work-in-progress’ can be difficult, even for the veteran filmmaker. Today, we bring you As Goes Janesville’s Brad Lichtenstein, who despite having vast filmmaking experience, had to learn how to wrangle five main characters in his sample before being successfully funded. Continue reading →
Around the world, many young women go unrecognized, fighting bravely to improve the living conditions of her peers and fighting to end the oppression of women and girls in her community. This is your chance to see her efforts recognized, celebrated and amplified by nominating a young woman for the Students Rebuild Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.
Women and Girls Lead campaign partner Half the Sky Movement is partnering with Students Rebuild, a collaborative initiative created by the Bezos Family Foundation. Students Rebuild mobilizes young people worldwide to connect, learn, and take action on critical global issues. The Students Rebuild Awards, featuring the Half the Sky Movement in its inaugural year, will help fuel global awareness and anti-oppression efforts by elevating game changers who are working to improve the lives of young people in their communities.
With the ITVS Open Call deadline right around the corner (next week in fact!), BTB brings you the first in a three part series breaking down the elusive ‘work-in-progress’.
Here at ITVS, one of the most asked questions is “What Makes a Good Work in Progress?”. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. The answer can vary depending on what material you have, the style of your film, what stage of production you’re in, etc.
Over the next three days, we will share the experiences of three ITVS-funded producers who successfully submitted their work-in-progress samples to our Open Call initiative.
Today we bring you More Than a Month’sShukree Tilghman, the first time filmmaker who, despite being early on in production, received funding the first time he applied. Read on as Tilghman reveals the thought process behind his editing decisions and advice for potential applicants. Continue reading →
INPUT 2013 will be held in El Salvador on May 6 – 9, 2013. All U.S. programs must be submitted to U.S. INPUT pre-selection. The deadline for U.S. submissions is Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5 pm EST.
The International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) is a global meeting point for public broadcasting professionals to challenge the boundaries of media in the public interest. By screening and debating the most outstanding programs from around the world, INPUT builds an intercultural and international media network that encourages the development of public service broadcasting.
Each country holds its own national selection at a different time so please adhere to this U.S. deadline. For instructions and guidelines to enter your public media film, TV show or interactive, go to www.usinput-tv.org.
By Jim Sommers Senior Vice President of Content, ITVS
ITVS teams adapt and work together to better serve producers in a dynamic, chaotic media environment.
Five years ago, as the opportunities for creating and distributing content in a multi-platform, cross-media environment were compounding, the funding and rights management environment intensifying, we strategized internally on how to best support independents to thrive in this ever-changing media environment. What it took to fund, distribute, and promote independent film through a simple broadcast model required a shift to connect many more dots to reach audiences digitally. In short, success demanded a multi-pronged approach with more collaboration, flexibility, and partnership across everything we do. We also wanted to provide many points of access to producers seeking funding from ITVS.
Today, we have a service model and culture guided by a Content Strategy Team and several other cross-functional teams to support producers as they absorb new forms of content creation and distribution into their creative processes. The “CST,” also known as the “greenlight” team, finalizes all the programming slates and ensures that ITVS’s content portfolio achieves its mission of diversity and innovation and tracks how our content reaches and engages diverse audiences.
In addition to me, the CST members include: Claire Aguilar, Executive Content Advisor (formerly Vice President of Programming); Lois Vossen, Senior Series Producer of Independent Lens; Matthew Meschery, Director of Digital Content and Innovation; Sreedevi Sripathy, Managing Director of Distribution and Content Management; and Tamara Gould, Vice President of International, who heads up strategic partnerships. Continue reading →