October 07, 2010 18:12 ET

12 International Documentary Productions Receive Funding Through ITVS's Global Perspective Project

Two-Way Television Exchange Brings Documentaries From Other Nations to U.S. Audiences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) - The Independent Television Service (ITVS), leading funder of independent television productions, announced that it has contracted with 12 international documentary projects from its 2010 International Call as part of the Global Perspective Project, a two-way television exchange that brings documentaries from other nations to U.S. audiences. The productions were selected through a competitive application process, which resulted in 489 submissions from 117 countries representing 75 languages. The submission deadline for projects to be considered for the 2011 International Call is December 10, 2010. (

The newly selected films join the growing catalogue of international productions from around the world. This year's selections provide extraordinary access and insight into the daily lives and struggles of people who live in Cambodia, Nicaragua, Iceland, Ethiopia, and Uganda among others. All 12 documentary projects are slated for eventual broadcast, including primetime slots on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, P.O.V., and the new PBS World series Global Voices. The programs will also be distributed on commercial outlets, including the Sundance Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and HBO -- as well as online.

Nearly 114 international documentary projects have received funding and U.S. distribution through ITVS International's Global Perspectives Project and its International Media Development Fund since the launch of the International Call in 2005. Through the 2011 International Call, ITVS seeks to continue to support international projects from around the world to give U.S. audiences access to international programming and voices on American television.

"ITVS opens a lot of doors and adds clout to your documentary. It's like a really good quality stamp you can stick on your film," said Koen Suidgeest, director of Karla's Arrival, a newly funded project. I already feel that just because of ITVS' involvement, we're being taken more seriously or operating on some level I couldn't dream of being on."

The 12 newly funded projects from the 2010 International Call are The Boy Mir, directed by Phil Grabsky; Champion Fabrice, directed by Olivier Meyrou; Comrade Duch, directed by Adrian Maben; Family Portrait in Black & White, directed by Julia Ivanova; Karla's Arrival, directed by by Koen Suidgeest; Khadija's Daughters, directed by Deepa Dhanraj; Last Days of the Arctic, directed by Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson; Left by the Ship, directed by Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati; Peace versus Justice, directed by Klaartje Quirijns; Putin's Kiss, directed by Lise Birk; Town of Runners, directed by Jerry Rothwell; and I Was Worth 50 Sheep, directed by Nima Sarvestani and Maryam Ebrahimi. 

For more information about these new projects and all ITVS International programs visit online at

ITVS International Call seeks films in the production or post-production phase and encourages independent producers to submit their projects for consideration. For more information about guidelines, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit The deadline to apply is December 10, 2010. ITVS International Call is an initiative of ITVS and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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