Illinois Public Media invites documentary filmmakers from all over the world to submit their story ideas for consideration by their research and development fund. Submission starts on June 20, day One of Sunny Side of the Doc!

illinois-logo  This Fund will support documentaries at the earliest stages of development and will be used to finance trailers and the proposals that accompany each.

The mission of Illinois Public Media is to aid in the development and creation of great stories, regardless of where they take place.  Illinois Public Media’s goal is to get in on the ground floor of promising productions and provide talented filmmakers with the initial financial support. While the fund is open to everyone, we strongly favor seasoned documentary filmmakers with examples of his or her work.

Each submission should focus on a documentary and/or documentary series ideas. Ideas covering all genres are welcomed. Please note, special consideration is given to story ideas related to global science, nature, technology, and engineering related topics.

The amount of the research and development fund’s investment will be dependent of the needs of each story idea. Illinois Public Media will be awarding up to twenty R&D grants over the next twenty months. Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local and international content for broadcast and the Web.

The Illinois Public Media team is comprised of several veterans in the production community.   Key members have a combined resume of completing more than 320 hours of broadcast television and digital content. The team has brokered co-productions in over 20 countries and has proudly managed productions that went on to win awards for filmmaking, including 7 national Emmys.

How to Apply:

All applicants are required to send a two-page PDF document of his or her documentary series or one-hour idea to ipm-proposals@illinois.edu . Illinois Public Media is interested in co-producing films at the beginning stages with filmmakers awarded the R &D funds, with the ultimate goal of assisting filmmakers in

The amount our research and development team will invest will be dependent of the needs of each story idea.

Filmmaker information – Please also submit:
o Name of person submitting the proposal
o Biographical information for the filmmaker
o Email address
o Mailing address
o Phone number

Samples of Producer/Director’s past work (this is optional but strongly encouraged)
o Please submit links to one completed documentary/visual storytelling project that you feel best represents your work. Digital links should be provided with information in the submission.

For examples on DVD, please mail to the address provided here: Illinois
Public Media, Attn: John Lindsay, Illinois Public Media, 300 North Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801

All applicants will be reviewed and receive a detailed response within 60 days of submission.

Filmmakers are allowed to submit multiple ideas for consideration.

Submissions will be accepted beginning one June 20, 2016 – the first day of Sunnyside of the Doc. 

The deadline for R&D submissions will be August 31 2016.


Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local and international content for broadcast, cable cast and the Web.

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Thank you for sending your ideas for R & D funding consideration. For questions regarding the fund, please contact ipm-proposals@illinois.edu .