Independent Television Service (ITVS) has boarded five projects from its recently completed ITVS International Call 2008 that drew 385 submissions from 74 countries.

Since 2005, nearly 100 international programmes including Ari Folman's acclaimed Waltz With Bashir have been supported through ITVS International's Global Perspectives Project and its International Media Development Fund.

The 2008 International Call documentary projects selected for funding and US television broadcast on PBS are:

Dragan Nikolic and Jovana Nikolic's Serbian tale The Caviar Connection about two brothers who try to escape their humdrum life. A co-production between Prababa Production and ITVS International;

Jalanan, Daniel Ziv and Leonard Retel Helmrich's Indonesian story of three street musicians;

Last Tightrope Dancer In Armenia by Armenia's Vardan Hovhannisyan and Inna Sahakyan, a co-production between Bars Media and ITVS International about an aging tightrope dancer;

Last Train Home by Lixin Fan and Mila Aung-Thwin of China. An EyeSteelFilm production in association with ITVS International about migrant workers; and

On The Borders Of Desperation by Nima Sarvestani, a Kurdistan-Iran-Iraq co-production by NimaFilm and ITVS International about gasoline smugglers.

Two more projects expected to be announced shortly.

'ITVS International brings to US audiences the best in diverse documentary films by independent film-makers from around the world,' Claire Aguilar, vice president of programming for ITVS, said. 'These films help provide insight and understanding around the issues facing our global community. They are critical sources of independent perspective for US audiences.'

The projects will also be distributed on commercial outlets including the Sundance Channel, the National Geographic Channel and HBO and websites such as Caachi, Jaman and SnagFilms