ITVS Diversity Development Fund Seeks Submissions from Documentary Producers of Color

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens Monday nights at 10:00 PM on PBS. ITVS receives core funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The GPP is made possible through the support of Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

The ITVS Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television.

Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.

DDF accepts:
— Projects 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.

DDF does not accept:
— Proposals for completed projects seeking distribution
— Series proposals or fictional dramas
— Projects intended solely for theatrical release

There is one funding round per year. Applicants may apply for only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to three months. Around five percent of applicants will receive funding.

The deadline for submissions is August 19, 2016.

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

For full details on how to apply, go here.

BBC Hausa Launches Women’s Writing Award

BBC Hausa is today launching its first ever short story writing award for female writers. The contest is open to all women writing in Hausa irrespective of their nationality or experience.

Entries for the award must be original works between 1000 to 1500 words. A panel of judges will select one winner and two runners-up and will be looking for engaging works of fiction on any subject. Entry to the contest opens next Monday 1st August and the closing date is Friday 16th September 2016. Entries are to be submitted to labari.bbchausa@bbc.co.uk. Starting today, aspiring writers will be able to pick up writing tips from some prominent writers on BBC Hausa radio and online.

Jimeh Saleh, Acting Editor of the BBC Hausa Service, says: “We want to make sure women’s voices are heard especially in areas where they are not always as commonly represented. The contest is intended to promote the culture of writing among women and also give them a platform to express their creativity because historically, women in Africa have been known to be great custodians of folklore and gifted moonlight story tellers.”

The BBC Hausa audience will be able to hear a selection of the stories on air in the coming months. The winner and two runners up will each receive a cash prize and plaque at a special awards night in Abuja on Monday 17th October 2016.

Details of how to enter and the full terms and conditions are available on bbchausa.com. 

BBC Hausa is part of the BBC World Service and reaches 23.3 million people on a weekly basis. It broadcasts to Hausa-speaking audiences, providing radio, online and TV content in West Africa as well as to diaspora audiences. 

For any further information, please contact: Amelia.Fernandez-Grandon@bbc.co.uk

Digital Lab Africa: Call for Projects

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT before 31 August 2016
PITCH IT AT DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg (2-4 Nov 2016)
AND MAKE IT HAPPEN thanks to the support of Digital Lab Africa partners

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. It is open to any professional or individual having an innovative project in 4 categories of multimedia production

Web creation/transmedia
Virtual reality
Video game (serious game)
Digital music

More information on  www.digilabafrica.com
Deadline to submit your project: 31 August 2016

Digital Lab Africa is a new platform for African talent in multimedia, organized by the French Institute of South Africa, in partnership with DISCOP AFRICA and TRACE.

The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation and to make their project happen with the support of French leading companies in their field (studios, producers, broadcasters, distributors). The incubation ticket will include time of residence in France within digital clusters and a 3,000EUR cash prize.



The Web creation and Transmedia categories are dedicated to new ways of creating audio-visual material. They target the new generation of producers and relate to content that combines several media, and are intended to be viewed mainly online on smartphone, tablet and computer.
Web creation: this category targets all audio-visual material produced to be viewed online (first digital content) in a non-linear way. The category is open to innovative concepts and to any type of content: fiction, documentary, animation, reality shows, news, sport, entertainment, talk shows, debates, TV formats and magazine programmes (food, environment, lifestyle, culture, comedy, educational...).
Projects that aim to attract an audience, engage with it and retain it, and that can be formatted into episodes or thematic channels will be considered first. One-time broadcast/TV special are excluded from the web creation category.
Mentor of the winning project (web creation category)
Lagardère Studios, leading audio-visual production group in Europe.

Transmedia: all production/content which combines the use of various media (TV, Internet, mobile phones, radio, video games, social networks etc.) to offer a transmedia narrative experience, that may include some elements of interactivity and audience engagement.  The project can consist of either creating a transmedia universe of an original television or cinema production, irrespective of the genre (documentary, series, animation), or a transmedia project developed directly for online consumption.
Examples: a web documentary or a web series including an interactive and participative element (involvement of the public via an app, a chat, social medias, video game...).

Mentor of the winning project (Transmedia category)
ARTE, the European cultural channel and one of the leading web creation/transmedia content producers/broadcasters.


The virtual reality category is open to anyone producing content which offers an immersive experience to the public, on any type of support (computer, tablet, smartphone, virtual reality headset), using virtual reality technologies, 360° video, and 3D interactions. Examples: journalism report, fiction or documentary movie, musical clip, museum visit, video game...

Mentor of the winning project (virtual reality category)
Okio-Studio, the French leading production house in virtual reality contents.

VIDEO GAME (Serious Game)

The video game category is open to all prototypes/concepts of Serious Game, learning games, edutainment games, simulation games, games which inform, engage and advertise for mobile application or full screen (computer, smartphone, TV, tablet...)
Examples: a News game on a current topic, a game which promotes a cause (health, education, environment...), an advertising game to promote a film or event, an educational game to learn a language...
Mentor of the winning project (video game/serious game category)
CCCP studio, one of the leading French video game studios specialising in serious games and multi-platforms games.


The digital music category is open to all projects which offer an innovative and enriching user experience using multimedia tools, solutions and content, based on one or several African artists, musical genres or African territories (e.g. Senegal rap or Congolese rumba). The project should be aimed at video or digital music platforms on the Internet or mobile telephone.

Example: creating an app offering a multimedia world and an interactive community around an artist.

Mentors of the winning project (digital music category)
BELIEVE DIGITAL, the leading digital distributor and services provider for independent artists & labels in the world 1D TOUCH, the first worldwide fair trade streaming platform dedicated to independent contents.