Get Your Doc on TV! Acclaimed PBS Series 'POV' is Now Taking Submissions

POV has a reputation for being the foremost program to showcase indie documentary films on PBS, and once again they're looking for fresh content for their show.

Every year, 14 to 16 new documentary pieces are seen by 2 million viewers of POV, which is reason enough for documentary filmmakers to jump at the opportunity to enter their work for the 2017 broadcast season.

So, what kind of content are they looking for? Here's what PBS has to say:

If your nonfiction film has a strong perspective, a dedication to craft, contemporary relevance and a passion for your topic, then the POV series is the best place for a national television broadcast. If you believe the entire country should see your film, POV is for you.

In terms of everything else, including subjects, aesthetics, and runtime, POV is open to it all. Though all content must be nonfictional, work that incorporates some fictional content will be considered. Domestic and international filmmakers are encouraged to submit. Also, good news for those with pieces that aren't completely finished, POV will accept fine cuts as well.

 Submissions must be in by 6pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 — note that your film must arrive on the date. If you miss the deadline, all is not lost — your submission will just be considered for the next year's cycle. To get started on the process, click here    

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I made this comedic documentary on the worst soccer team at the University of Cape Town. It's under ten minutes long, is rather silly but does tell an interesting story. Could I submit even something like this?

May 16, 2016 at 3:01AM


Thanks so much for the article, Renée! It's super helpful since I've just finished my film. It'll be so awesome if you could do a regular roundup of prestigious upcoming festivals and broadcasting opportunities for documentary films!

May 24, 2016 at 4:16AM, Edited May 24, 4:16AM

Vikas R.