Digital Media Fund 2024


June 26, 2024, 5 PM PST. Applications must be submitted to the LPB 2024 Funding Cycle online application process, please click here.



Digital Media Fund is an open invitation to independent filmmakers to submit proposals for digital short form programs, fiction or nonfiction (no longer than 15 minutes), for distribution online via an existing public television platform, and can be in the form of a short film, web series, or other mixed digital media content.



Programs applying to the Digital Media Fund can be in the genres of the arts, history, science, biography, health, personal storytelling, cultural documentary, mixed genre and narrative. Projects should be designed to bring new audiences to public media and present a range of subjects, issues and viewpoints that complement and challenge existing public media offerings. Programs should integrate strong storytelling techniques that give voice and provide a lens to the diverse Latino community. While projects can take creative risks and reflect personal or individual experience, they must ultimately have resonance for a national U.S. audience.



  • An independent filmmaker or a production entity (i.e., a partnership or organization owned by the individual filmmaker or filmmakers) operating independently from a film studio, commercial broadcast or cable entity.
  • Applicants must have knowledge, experience, and/or significant connection to the specific Latino issues(s) and/or community on which the film is based.
  • Applicants must retain the copyright, artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.
  • Applicants applying to the Digital Media Fund are not eligible to apply to the PMCF with the same or different project.
  • Applicants must agree to create only one version of the program/film. A re-edited version of the LPB-funded program cannot be re-packaged for another network.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience demonstrated by detailed personnel bios or resumes.
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one application for a project per review period.
  • First time, full-length media makers who move forward to phase two will be required to submit a video sample of a shorter finished work that demonstrates their ability to tell a story using the visual medium. Media makers must have been producing other short format productions for at least three years.
  • All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB’s guidelines.
  • Applicants must shoot and deliver films in HD format.
  • Applicants must have produced at least 2 short films.
  • Applicants must agree to work with a mentor or script consultant assigned to the project by LPB, when deemed necessary.
  • Applicants are required to add General Liability Insurance during the production phase, as well as the E+O insurance upon delivery for the film for PBS distribution. *Please review more details in the ADDITIONAL BUDGET ITEMS section below*.


Not Eligible

  • Programs/films previously submitted and declined by LPB with no substantial change to the proposal;
  • Thesis projects or student films;
  • Public television stations;
  • Filmmakers or production entities that are foreign-based, owned or controlled;
  • Industrial, promotional or advocacy projects;
  • Projects for which the exclusive domestic television broadcast rights are not available;
  • Projects with a primarily commercial interest;
  • Projects whose content or ideas are substantially similar to previously LPB-funded programs currently in production or distribution;
  • Current signatories of LPB contracts who have not completed delivery;
  • Current signatories re-applying for the same type of funding previously awarded;
  • Employees of CPB, PBS, APT, NETA, ITVS and the NMCA



LPB receives funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) under an agreement that requires LPB to include certain mandatory terms and conditions in its production agreements. LPB also imposes certain of its own requirements on use of its funding. If your project is approved, in exchange for receiving funding from LPB, you will be required to grant certain rights to LPB. Except as otherwise agreed to by the parties, the rights granted to LPB shall be exclusive against distribution on any other platform in the “LPB Territory” (the United States and its territories, possessions and military bases). The LPB Agreement will grant to LPB the following rights: (i) to stream over the Internet and other web-based and wireless platforms; (ii) to distribute on LPB’s websites and social media accounts; (iii) to authorize distribution on PBS’s and PBS member stations’ websites and social media accounts. The LPB Agreement shall also grant to LPB a no-cost option to acquire the exclusive domestic public television distribution rights. The LPB Term includes the right to distribute over the Internet by way of streaming (including archiving and through social media sites and other web-based and wireless platforms under the control of LPB and/or PBS or another public media distributor) on an exclusive basis for an unlimited number of times during a period of one (1) year following the initial web release and for an unlimited number of times for an additional two (2) years on a non-exclusive basis. LPB may also require certain additional rights. The program will be subject to holdbacks (restrictions on distribution) in Canada. LPB will be entitled to a share of net revenues from all subsidiary and ancillary uses of the program based on LPB’s total financial contribution to the project for a period of fifteen (15) years from completion. In addition, the production agreement will include mandatory requirements regarding record-retention and reporting obligations, objectivity and balance standards, and other terms and conditions on the use of LPB funds for the project. The filmmaker will complete the project in accordance with a project description, budget and delivery schedule. If a filmmaker fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the production agreement, LPB may require the filmmaker to return funds provided for the project. Filmmakers will also be required to deobligate any portion of funding contemplated under an agreement which has not been spent or paid out by LPB to a Filmmaker within four (4) years from the end of the fiscal year in which the Production Agreement is entered into with Filmmaker.



Applicants applying for digital media projects will be expected to complete the project with funds awarded. LPB funding range for the digital category is as follows:

Digital Media $10,000 – $30,000

Digital Media: Funding to produce and complete “short form” (no more than 15 minutes) programs for primary distribution over the Internet or another public television platform, and can include short films, web series and other mixed digital media content. Eligible activities include: (i) clearance of rights necessary to produce, complete and distribute the program; and (ii) all standard production and post-production and packaging activities.



Proposals submitted to the Digital Media Fund will go through a two-phase review process. In Phase One, each submission is reviewed internally and sent out to professionals in the field for initial evaluation and recommendations. In Phase Two, projects recommended to move forward are reviewed by members of the LPB programming staff. If a project is selected for Phase Two, the applicant will be allowed to submit an update to the project before it goes to the final phase of evaluation. Final selections are announced 5-6 months after the deadline.

LPB will send out proposals for evaluation using the following criteria:

  • Ability to shed light on the Latino American experience.
  • Project concept is well conceived and creatively structured to engage a national audience.
  • Uniqueness and originality of the premise or story.
  • The extent to which the treatment clearly describes the visuals and style and demonstrates engaging storytelling techniques.
  • The extent to which the proposal takes into account online viewers and the needs and interests of the program’s target audience.
  • The filmmaker’s ability to successfully complete the program on budget and on schedule, given the experience of the filmmaker and proposed production team.
  • Soundness of the production and fundraising plans.
  • Overall, the extent to which the project fulfills the LPB mission and programming goals.



Sample tapes are not required but strongly recommended for the Digital Media Fund. Applicants have the option to include a link to either previous sample work or a current sample of the project.



Regardless of LPB’s contribution to the overall budget, or your determination of how LPB’s monies would be allocated to any given line items within the budget, all applicants must include a comprehensive budget which covers the costs of complete deliverables, including:

  • Closed captioning;
  • General liability and errors and omissions insurance (should be purchased as part of LPB’s standard requirements);
  • Electronic copy of the completed Production in MPEG-4 (.mp4) format (reference the PBS Producer’s Handbook/web manual for the latest technical specifications);
  • Licensing or otherwise clearing all necessary rights for exclusive distribution on PBS.org or public television platform, and all other rights required by the web content agreement;
  • Photography services for promotional stills;
  • Fiscal sponsorship fees (not to exceed 10% of total budget) if applicable; and
  • Trailer of the film in electronic format.

Please be aware that contingencies are not allowed in your budget. LPB funds should be allocated exclusively towards the production of the film. Please refrain from including budget lines for marketing, promotion, public relations and film festivals fees.

Please access LPB’s budget template by clicking here.


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Latino Public Broadcasting is the leader of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States. Latino Public Broadcasting is a registered 501(c)(3), EIN: 95-4776447.
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