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.
SHORTER REVIEW PROCESS
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.
APPLICATION MATERIALS CHANGES
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. Continue reading