ITVS International Call provides funds to non-U.S. producers to create documentaries for American television broadcast. On Monday ITVS launched an online Q&A forum for the call and a similar forum, accessible only to EDN members, starts today.
While the ITVS International Documentary Fund provides funds to producers from any country outside of the United States, according to the forum that launched on Monday, it especially encourages applications from producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Producers who are awarded funding are expected to deliver a program that meets U.S. broadcast standards and ITVS retains exclusive U.S. television broadcast rights to the doc for seven years.
The goal of the International Call is to create programs that expose U.S. audiences to the stories of other nations and cultures. It’s looking for projects that are already underway and can be completed within one year of the contract and will not fund completed work or project in development. Though the program is for non-U.S. producers, U.S. producers may apply as co-applicants if they are in a true coproduction with international producers and the subject matter of the film is not based in the U.S.
ITVS is accepting applications until 5pm, February 6, 2009. You can find the application and guidelines here.