October 21, 2009 14:30 ET

ITVS Selects Six International Docs for Funding Through ITVS International Call 2009

Documentarians From Around the World, Chosen From Competitive Applicant Pool of Submissions; Upcoming ITVS International Call Deadline Is February 5, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - The Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced that it has contracted with six international documentary projects from its 2009 International Call, providing them with production funding and eventual U.S. television broadcast. The newly selected projects span the globe and offer rare insights into countries as far away as Chile, Kenya, Vietnam and Jordan. The projects were selected through a competitive application process, drawing in 482 submissions from 82 countries representing 65 languages. The submission deadline for projects to be considered in the next ITVS International Call is February 5, 2010.

The selected projects are: "74 SQUARE METERS" (Chile) by Tiziana Panizza and Paola Castillo Iselsa; "THE LAST WHITE MAN STANDING" (Kenya) by Justin Webster and producers Mette Heide and Don Edkins; "THE TEAM" (Kenya) by Patrick Reed Kenyans; "TEACHER" (Vietnam) by Leslie Wiener; "THIS IS MY PICTURE WHEN I WAS DEAD" (Jordan) by Mahmoud Al Massad; and "THE RODRIGUEZ PROJECT" (South Africa) by Malik Bendjelloul.

"With the selection of these new projects, ITVS International continues its commitment to bringing the best in diverse documentary films by independent filmmakers from around the world," said Claire Aguilar, vice president of programming for ITVS. "These films help provide a rare opportunity for U.S audiences to learn from and about our global community."

All six documentary projects are slated for eventual broadcast, including primetime slots on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens" and PBS World's "Global Voices" series. The programs may also be distributed on commercial outlets, including the Sundance Channel, the National Geographic Channel and HBO, and on online video sites, such as, Jaman and SnagFilms.

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 that enables independent producers from outside the United States to create documentaries for U.S. television. Since the launch of the Call in 2005, nearly 91 international documentary projects have been supported through ITVS International's Global Perspectives Project and its International Media Development Fund. 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, visit

More information about these new projects and all ITVS International programs can be found online at

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