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ITVS (Independent Television Service) brings independently produced programs to television - programs that engage creative risks, advance issues, and represent points of view not usually seen on commercial or public television. ITVS is committed to programming which addresses the needs of under- served audiences, particularly minorities and children. Provides funding to producers., a nonprofit organization, helps media makers, educators, librarians, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary social issues. Producers' guides.

Microcinema International. Mission is to curate, exhibit, distribute and promote a new era of emerging and innovate international moving image artists whose deeply personal and culturally relevant works are typically marginalized by the mainstream entertainment industry. Call for works: Independent Exposure (no deadlines)

Reelmind. Post videos on the web with your own customized page. Resource links.

StoryCorps. Media network for not-for-profits. Uses volunteers to make films for worthy causes (California based). Great idea.

Sundance. The pinnacle.

United Nations Association Film Festival. Celebrates the power of international documentary films and videos dealing with UN related issues: human rights, environmental survival, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children,  universal education, war and peace. Call for works: 2003 "Promotion of Universal Respect."

Professional Organizations

International Documentary Association. Resources on what's going on in the world of documentary filmmaking. Call for works: InFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase.

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF).

Film Festivals & Screening Venues

Film Festivals Pro. Link to bulletin board with festival announcements.

Communications & the Public Interest

Benton Foundation seeks to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Includes Sound Partners for Community Health, which underwrites radio journalism parnerships with not-for-profits in 5 health-related topic areas.

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Design in Motion. News of the motion graphics industry, with cool quicktime movies of the latest well-designed commercials and branding campaigns. Great source of inspiration.


Documentary Filmmakers SpeakDocumentary Filmmakers Speak by Liz Stubbs. Excellent and inspirational interviews with the masters of the form. What's interesting is how different everyone is. What is dogma for one is just another rule to break for another. "Tell a great story" is the universal theme. Another theme is that of open-mindedness: lose your preconceptions about the subject and let yourself be surprised. (12.29.02)

Writing in Restaurants and Three Uses of the Knife by David Mamet. Not much to do with documentaries, but sharp opinions and observations about drama. Interesting for me personally: Mamet packs a wallop with his dramas and his streetwise dialogue, but here he is being brainy and analytical. Note to self: keep films playing to the heart & gut; save showing off brains for... somewhere else. (12.29.02)

This page last updated: 12.06.05