Independent Lens Submission Deadline Extended

Our first year of accepting online submissions has been a great success! Therefore, we have decided to extend the Independent Lens 2013 – 2014 Season Online Submission deadline through Friday March 1, 2013.

Just as a reminder, we are currently seeking submissions of completed or nearly completed programs.  Although we have extended the deadline, we strongly urge you to submit as soon as possible.  The curating process has already begun and broadcast spots will be assigned as titles are acquired. The competition becomes even more intense later in the submission process since there are less open spots to fill.  If you have already submitted your program, then you’re ahead of the game!

Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room. Since 2003, Independent Lens has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series is broadcast on the PBS national schedule on Monday nights at 10pm. Independent Lens is the largest showcase for independent documentaries anywhere on U.S. television, premiering 22 new films each season. The series is curated jointly by ITVS and PBS.

Independent Lens films are often character driven stories, and are known for compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity. Independent Lens welcomes individual expression and is committed to presenting diverse points of view, on topics suited for a national audience.

When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series.

The deadline is fast approaching, to learn more about eligibility, what we are looking for, and our new online submission form go to www.ilsubmissions.org.