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The 2018 KPBS Explore Local Content Project Call for Submissions concluded on July 16, 2018.

Next Round will reopen in Fall 2019.

About The Project

Since 2012, the KPBS Explore Local Content Project has yielded over 17 series, 18 documentaries and three podcasts with new program titles debuting each year. The project’s goal is to grow the quality and quantity of local content by supporting the work of independent producers.

How does KPBS do this?

Every two years, KPBS launches an open call to the community for project ideas. This event comprises of several rounds wherein project ideas are submitted for review, pitched to a selection committee and presented in pilot form. This event is known as the KPBS Explore Local Content Project Call for Submissions. Seed funding will be provided to the most promising project ideas. For more information on what ideas make the cut, please refer to the FAQ below.


What content formats are accepted?

Podcast, Web Series, TV Series, Feature Documentary

How will my idea be rated?

Each idea will be rated using the following rubric:


Of primary importance is your ability to execute your project using the funds and timeframe detailed in your proposal. The selection committee is comprised of industry professionals who will evaluate your budget and ability to complete your program on time. While the Explore project is fueled by aspirations, it is essential that you can execute your project.

Elements of Diversity

How will your project reflect the diversity in our community? Keep in mind that diversity can take many forms, which means that we are looking for your unique perspective.

Sense of Place

How will you establish a sense of place in your project? We are looking for content that is uniquely local, that tells a story or shared experience about our community. A sense of place comes from many things: language, food, culture, music, travel, geography, heritage, education, art, science, hobbies, passions, media, etc.

Explorer Spirit

How will your project embody the "Explorer Spirit"? Public media invites audiences from all walks of life to explore new worlds, discover new ideas and broaden their horizons. We are inclusive, diverse and respectful of our audience. Our audience is smart, connected and idealistic. How will your project engage them?

Elements of Craft

To the extent possible, you will need to demonstrate your ability in crafting content: i.e. lighting, framing, audio, scripting, editing, etc. Because of the relatively short production schedule, KPBS Explore works best for people who have prior experience in production and can act quickly to solve problems along the way.

Are points or percentages used within the established evaluation rubric? Do all sections have the same weight?

Points are used in the evaluation rubric as a starting place for evaluation. Each project is considered on its individual merit.

If I have questions about the submission process, who can I contact for more info?

Jodi Cilley
Founder and President
Film Consortium San Diego


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