Three times a year, PIC invites independent producers to apply to the PIC Media Fund Open Call, PIC's standing funding initiative. The Media Fund provides funds for single non-fiction Pacific Islander-themed programs for three critical phases of production: Research and Development (R&D), Production and Completion. For more information, visit piccom.org/pages/get-funded.
In PIC's last Media Fund Open Call, three projects were awarded R&D, Production, and Completion funding.
Sergio Mataʻu Rapu, Production
Long ago, the people of Rapa Nui found a balance between life and environment. Today, the booming tourist destination struggles to regain this balance in a way that will be sustainable for the island's future.
Learn more at www.marafilms.com.
David Grubin, Completion
Language Matters explores a global crisis of which few people are aware: half of the world's nearly 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing within the coming century, and hundreds will be lost within the next generation. The program examines why languages are disappearing, what is being lost, and what is being done to revitalize them.
Learn more at www.imdb.com/title/tt3797498.
Jessica Sherry, Completion
Waiting for John explores the history, culture, and conflict surrounding the John Frum Movement, the last surviving cargo cult and an extraordinary religion found on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. This film tells the story of the last village of John Frum believers today and their struggle to preserve a culture in danger of being lost to the modern world.
Learn more at www.waitingforjohndoc.com.