This year, three ITVS-supported films premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris showcased both his feature film and transmedia project as a part of New Frontier, a program that showcases multi-media storytelling. These projects inspired ITVS to create a panel focusing on the challenges of fundraising for documentary and transmedia projects.
Pictured (L-R): Kamal Sinclair, Sr. Manager Sundance New Frontier Story Lab; Jim Sommers, Senior Vice President of Content at ITVS; N’Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager at ITVS; Thomas Allen Harris, Through A Lens Darkly and Digital Diaspora Family Reunion; Shukree Tilghman, More Than A Month and More Than A Mapp app; Kay Shaw, Director of Public Media Corps at NBPC
The panel marked ITVS’s first event with the Blackhouse Foundation. For the last seven years, Blackhouse has held a venue at the Sundance Film Festival as a place that both celebrates Black cinema and provides networking opportunities for filmmakers.
The panel was packed with experts in the field who could speak specifically to the challenges facing filmmakers. Panelists included Director of Public Media Corps Kay Shaw from the National Black Programming Consortia; Senior Manager Kamal Sinclair from the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab; filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris of Through a Lens Darkly and its transmedia component Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, and myself. The panel was moderated by filmmaker Shukree Tilghman, who also went through the film/transmedia funding gauntlet with his film More Than A Month and the related phone app More Than A Mapp. Continue reading
ITVS Programming Managers N’Jeri Eaton and Jorge Trelles hosted an informative live chat on Wednesday to answer any questions for the Open Call funding initiative.
ITVS will be accepting applications through Friday, January 17th. While the chat has come and gone, check out the archived conversation for helpful submission tips and insights!
For more information about ITVS funding initiatives, please click here.
In response to the growing demand for submission resources, the ITVS Programming Department hosted two informational webinars for filmmakers submitting for Open Call funding.
Throughout the year, hopeful applicants have a tendency to bombard the ITVS Programming Department with questions regarding their submissions to various funding initiatives. This year, Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton hosted two webinars offering insight on the process and firsthand advice for filmmakers for their treatments and work samples.
The first webinar was devoted to the art of treatment writing, where Eaton was joined by ITVS-funded filmmakers Christine Turner (Homegoings) and Llew Smith (Denial: An American Dilemma). The filmmakers shared excerpts from their treatments and answered questions from the webinar participants. You can watch the full webinar below:
Treatment Writing Webinar 12-9-13-vimeo from ITVS_VIDEO on Vimeo.
Next, ITVS hosted an OVEE screening featuring three 10-minute work samples that had been recently funded by ITVS: Samantha Grant’s A Fragile Trust, Juli Vizza’s Nine to Ninety, and Jamie Meltzer’s Freedom Fighters. Due to clearance rights issues, we are unable to post the work samples, but you can read a transcript of the informative chat here.
And, as an extra bonus, we have a revised edition of our guide to Writing an ITVS Treatment. Continue reading
ITVS has announced the eight documentary projects selected as part of the 2013 Diversity Development Fund, a funding initiative that provides research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television.
This year’s selections provide extraordinary access and insight into the daily lives and struggles of people around the world, from Navajo railroad workers in the U.S. to an interracial punk band during the height of apartheid in South Africa.
The productions were selected through a competitive application process, which resulted in 114 submissions.
Check out the complete list of funded projects after the jump. 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
ITVS and Power to the Pixel (PttP) announce the ITVS Impact Pixel Market prize for the best social impact project.
ITVS is excited to partner with this year’s Pixel Market in launching a new award for the best social impact project. Over $4,500 (£3,000) in development funding will be awarded to the winning fiction or non-fiction project that makes a significant social impact.
The Pixel Market lies at the heart of PttP’s Cross-Media Forum, now in its seventh year, which covers the latest trends in audience behavior and new business models in the international marketplace.
The Cross-Media Forum will take place October 15 through 18, 2013 in association with the 57th BFI London Film Festival. The four-day event incorporates a conference, a think tank, and The Pixel Market, a two-day finance and co-production market.
The deadline for entries to the market and eligibility for the ITVS Impact Pixel Market Prize is August 1, 2013.
To learn more about The Pixel Market and Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum, please click here.
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.
- Single documentaries
- 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
For more information on DDF visit: http://www.itvs.org/funding/ddf
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) seeks applications for the Open Call funding initiative.
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.
For more information visit: http://www.itvs.org/funding/open-call
ITVS recently approved funding for Deej, a documentary by Robert Rooy (Director/Producer) and David James Savarese (Producer).
Deej is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid seemingly on the fast track to nowhere, DJ is now a first year college student with a burning desire to stand up for those whose neurological differences cause others to summarily dismiss them as incompetent, often “housing them in classrooms of easy lessons.” As writer and co-producer of Deej, he seeks to quell deep-seated fears and heal old wounds while giving others like him a voice:
“This movie reassesses hope. Yes, yes, hope is not easy or free. Yes, hope is hard…. Not a sweet, dear, hopeful collection, our film asks hope to survive challenges and to hear our dear selves freed.”— DJ Savarese
Join ITVS in congratulating the filmmakers!
ITVS recently approved funding for Almost There, a documentary by filmmakers Dan Rybicky (Director/Producer) and Aaron Wickenden (Director/Producer).
Outsider artist Peter Anton, 82, has spent decades obsessively chronicling his rollercoaster of a life into a massive, illustrated autobiography, and nothing — not poverty, isolation, or crippling disabilities — will stop him from seeing it published. Almost There documents the curatorial complexities surrounding the discovery and stewardship of Anton’s work, addressing issues of identity and legacy that arise from the collision of biography and autobiography.
Join ITVS in congratulating the filmmakers!