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Resources for Filmmakers

POV For Filmmakers

The POV For Filmmakers site features many essential resource lists. From grant opportunities to engagement strategies, we parsed out exactly what you will need to get your documentary made and seen.

Pitching & Funding:


Engagement, Distribution & Marketing:

Equipment & Technology:

Social Media for Filmmakers:

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The POV Call for Entries (CFE) for broadcast season 2016 is now closed.

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The Diverse Voices Project IV (DVP), with up to $100,000 in co-production funding available to emerging filmmakers, is POV's initiative to support stories about diverse communities produced by emerging makers.
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The Project VoiceScape call for entries is now closed. Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV are searching for the next generation of documentary filmmakers! Winners were announced in April 2011.
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The POV | Alpha Cine Award was awarded to a documentary filmmaker whose work was selected to Air on the POV series. The award was given in 2010.
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Resources for Filmmakers

Find out more about the variety of funding, festival, and engagement opportunities available for independent producers.

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POV Podcasts

POV brings a collection of documentary filmmakers, writers, experts, and viewers together for conversations about topics relevant to POV's nonfiction films.

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