It’s that time of the year: the POV Call for Entries is now open! Films submitted to this open call will be considered for the 2018 broadcast season and beyond. The deadline for submission is now extended to Friday, June 23, 2017.

Our updated Call For Entries Guidelines explain everything you need to know about how to submit to POV!

Do note that any materials sent to us will not be returned, so please don’t ship us any fancy thumb drives, or original source materials. Additionally, we cannot accept uncompressed, full HD files for submission. Our digital specs are similar to Vimeo compression guidelines in order to keep the playing field (and our servers) level.

We are excited to see what filmmakers from around the world have been working on! With over 1,400 submissions, it takes us over six months to sift through everything โ€” we appreciate your patience during this process! Have questions? Please send an email to cfe[at] and thanks, as always, for your interest in POV.

If you want better idea of whether the film you’ve made is a good fit for POV and to learn more about what POV looks for in a film during our selection process, check our blog post, What Does POV Look For in a Film?” If you want to inquire with someone who is currently in our programming department, drop us a line at cfe[at] or call 212-989-8121 x380. Please keep in mind that with 1,400 submissions last year, it might take us a bit to respond. We encourage you to use the resources provided in our blog posts and guideline documents.

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Here’s a quick primer to the various submission categories we offer:

Standard: Finished films, or films that are at rough/fine cut stage. (Will be ready for broadcast in 2018.)
Shorts: Finished films whose final running time is 30 minutes or less. (Will be ready for broadcast in 2018.)
Early Introduction: This category is exclusively for projects that are either too early in development or production to be considered in POV’s highly competitive selection process. If you plan on submitting to our open call in the future but would like to introduce your project to POV’s programming team now, this is the way to do it.

If you’re ready to begin your application please visit, read the guidelines, then follow the instructions to complete the entry form.

All films must be submitted through our online submission system. The submission deadline is June 23, 2017. We grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. If you need an extension please email cfe[at]pov[dot]org with the subject line “Extension.”

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.