The ITVS International Call deadline is quickly approaching on December 9, 2011. Until then, BTB will be profiling several international filmmakers who have received ITVS support. This week, we get to know filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzin Sonam, who received funding for their documentary When Hari Got Married. The filmmakers joined us via Skype (forgive the quality) from India.
International Call seeks compelling documentaries from international producers in key target regions, including the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America that will feed the content pipeline for ITVS’s newly launched Women and Girls Lead, a multiyear engagement campaign focusing the power of independent documentary storytelling on the leadership and development of women and girls.
This past year, ITVS International contracted with eight international documentary projects from its 2011 International Call. The productions were selected through a competitive application process, which resulted in 476 submissions from 118 countries representing 72 languages. All eight documentary projects are slated for eventual broadcast, including primetime slots on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, P.O.V., and the international series, Global Voices.