ITVS accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects that fall outside of the standing initiatives (DDF, LINCS, Open Call). For development funding, activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early-phase activities. For production funding, all production and post-production activities are eligible.

Producers should note that ITVS’s capacity to fund projects outside of its standing initiatives is extremely limited and highly competitive, but will consider programs for special support and funding on a case-by-case basis.

For development funding, ITVS accepts:

Proposals for documentaries that have not yet begun production
Programs that can become eligible for ITVS production funding initiatives as single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour). In rare cases ITVS will consider feature-length programs.

For production funding, ITVS accepts:

Proposals for limited series (two to four episodes)

Producers should apply to Open Call, LINCS, or International Call for production funds for single programs.

There is no deadline for applications. Interested producers may submit their materials at any time. As with other ITVS initiatives, applicants may only have one project under consideration at any one time. The entire proposal review process takes six to eight weeks.

Commissioned Funding is not a grant; applicants receive funding in the form of a development agreement or production agreement that assigns ITVS certain important rights over the project during the term of the contract.

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