ITVS Futurestates Films to Debut on

ITVS will debut Futurestates, a series of 11 short fictional films running about 15 minutes each, covering topics including climate change, immigration, and exploitation of the poor, on the Web, before the films debut on broadcast TV, likely PBS, The New York Times reported.

After screening at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, the films will be available on in about one month, according to the Times.

PBS has aired several ITVS-financed documentaries on its Independent Lens series, according to the Times, and Congress created the Independent Television Service in 1991, financing it via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to give independent media voices an outlet. The Times reported that CPB picked up the $522,000 tab for the development and production of Futurestates.

ITVS president and CEO Sally Jo Fifer told the Times the 11 films are aimed at young adults in their 20s and 30s, adding that fiction is “what they’re working in” and online is where to reach them, and saying, “We wanted to get that demographic in the public media family.”