Yance Ford

POV’s series producer Yance Ford announces the Call for Entries for the 2011 broadcast season and beyond. Read on to learn how to submit your film!

2010 call for entriesI am happy to announce that the Call for Entries for the 2011 POV Season is officially open! We’re looking for documentary films of all lengths (send in your short films!), aesthetic approaches and points of view. Our competitive screening and evaluation and evaluation process may take awhile, but it’s thorough, fair and set up to absorb the 1000 or so entries that will arrive over the next month.

You may have noticed that the CFE is online a couple of weeks later than usual. My apologies but we’ve had our plates full with Food, Inc. (that may have been my first pun ever…)

You’ll notice that we’ve made the CFE form MUCH short that in previous years. There are now four sections rather than eight, and we’ve pared down the info we ask for at this stage of the submission process. You must register a new user name and password — sorry, we don’t have the server space to preserve information from year to year. And to make your life easier, you should add the email address cfe[at]pov.org to your address book. A note to those of you who use EarthLink spam blockers: please make sure you give cfe[at]pov.org clearance, permission or whatever magic touch is necessary to get through to your inbox. Otherwise your access to the online system will be delayed.

We’ve put together a short video to walk you through the CFE process. Click here to watch — you’ll be amazed at how simple it is. As always, we encourage questions through either our cfe[at]pov.org email or 212-989-8121 x380. The volume of calls and emails is pretty high, so please be patient, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

This video is a step-by-step walk-through of the CFE process.

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Yance works closely with POV's executive director and programming director to evaluate films submitted to POV She is instrumental in curating the series, a showcase of acclaimed documentary film on PBS. Yance frequently represents POV | American Documentary at conferences, festivals and markets, procuring work from filmmakers both nationally and internationally. Yance also oversees POV's annual call for entries, which yields upwards of one thousand entries, and coordinates POV's annual programming advisory board. Yance is a Programming Consultant and Pre- Screener for film festivals around the country, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting, Creative Capital and the Sundance Film Festival. She has served on festival juries at Full Frame and Silverdocs, appeared on panels at Sunny Side of the Doc and DocuClub and served on the IFP Advisory Committee. A graduate of Hamilton College and the production workshop at Third World Newsreel, Yance is a former Production Stage Manager for the Girls Choir of Harlem and has worked as a Production Manager on numerous independent productions for the Discovery Health and History channels. Ford has also worked in various capacities on the documentaries The Favorite Poem Project, Juanita Anderson, Executive Producer, Brian Lanker's They Drew Fire (PBS), and Barry Levinson's Yesterday's Tomorrows (Showtime).Yance's favorite documentaries include:1. Hands on a Hard Body2. Tongues Untied3. Harlan County, USA4. Cul de Sac5. When We Were Kings6. The Thin Blue Line7. Night and Fog