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 500 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.
As a series broadcast on the national PBS schedule, POV can be seen by over 97% of the American viewing public, with a cumulative audience average of 2.5 million per program. In addition, POV works with thousands of educators and community groups, reaching over 15,000 people directly.
POV seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual PBS series. POV accepts films in three different categories:
● Standard: For completed films & fine cuts. If you feel you have a strong rough cut, you can submit in this category.
● Early Introduction: For films still in production or development. PBS prioritizes Standard entries for broadcast consideration but use the Early Introduction category to get films on their radar and for early rough cuts.
● Short: For films 35 minutes or less
More than 800 programs are submitted for consideration each year. The films undergo a rigorous review process involving independent media professionals, public television station programmers and PBS. Once chosen, POV works with filmmakers to craft a strategic broadcast plan which includes a national press campaign, outreach and educational activities in partnership with public television stations, educators and community-based organizations, a stand-alone website and other materials and services geared to providing the most effective springboard possible for the film.
POV welcomes and encourages submissions by both domestic and international filmmakers. If your non-fiction film has not been previously broadcast in the U.S., and meets all other eligibility requirements, you may submit your film to POV.
If your film is not in English, you must submit a version with English subtitles.
Please check out submission details at https://cfe.pov.org/POVcfeSubmissionGuidelines.pdf
Please register at https://cfe.pov.org/index.php for submission.