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Interested in getting support for your project?

Digital Shorts Fund:  

How to Apply

 

Applications are now CLOSED.

 

The following is an updated list and descriptions of application materials required for your submission.  It is your responsibility to make sure you submit the following, with the exception of a few items noted below, failure to do so will result in disqualification.

 


 

APPLICATION PORTAL

In order to submit your application, you'll need to use our online application portal. When we have our next call for applications we'll include a link below where you'll be able to create a login account, which will enable you to access the application form, upload required materials, save drafts, and return to submit when you're ready. 

 


 

APPLICATION MATERIALS 

The following is a list of materials you'll need to upload to our online application portal. We suggest reviewing the application form and preparing materials well in advance of the deadline.

 

Please pay close attention to items with an asterisk (*) as they are required and notations for items that are only required for specific circumstances.

 

1.  Project Description* (up to 5 pages):  upload one document containing the following as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.  

  • Short Summary/Synopsis (1 paragraph):  what is your story about?  State the genre and give an overview of your story.

  • Treatment (up to 2 pages max.):  explain what your story is and story structure from beginning to end including plot points, narrative trajectory, main characters and character arcs.  Also describe the theme, format and point of view through which the story will be told.  Include a brief summary of the status of your project.

  • Filmmaker’s Statement (up to 1 page):  explain why you want to tell this story, what your connection is to the story and why you feel you're the best person to tell this story.  Please include your access to the story and characters.

  • Topic Summary (up to 1 page):  detail the topics, issues, themes, challenges, stakes, or questions that your project will cover.  Describe why this topic is important, timely or relevant to Pacific Islanders.  Explain the cultural and/or social relevance and context for the topic.  

  • Artistic Approach (up to 1 page):  explain how you intend to tell this story.  Describe your creative vision for the finished project - its visual look and feel.  Explain your intended use of cinematic language or any particular artistic approach that informs the storytelling.  If applicable, mention any creative elements, new technologies or non-traditional mediums that you intend to utilize.  Explain how these elements will enhance the experience and interaction between viewer and the world of the story.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Project Description based on:

  • How well the treatment is written and whether the storyline is clearly delineated.  Does the applicant demonstrate exceptional storytelling with a clear narrative structure?  Is the story compelling? Are the characters well developed?  Is there enough tension or drama to engage viewers?

  • How well the applicant demonstrated sensitivity and understanding toward Pacific Islander culture and people.  Is the story an accurate and authentic representation of the Pacific Islander experience?  Does the applicant demonstrate adequate access to the story and characters?

  • Is the subject matter/topic original?  Is this an untold story or a story told in a new and innovative approach?  Is the theme well-articulated?  Is the story timely and relevant to Pacific Islander communities as well as other communities? Does this story have cultural and/or social relevance?

  • How clearly the visual and stylistic approach was explained.  Does it fit the treatment?  Was it possible to clearly visualize the finished film based on the applicant's explanation?  Is the project innovative and/or take creative risks?

 

2.  Script (required for narrative projects only):  upload as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Script based on:

  • Whether the storytelling through the script is compelling?  Is the script constructed well?  Does is match the treatment?  Is the premise clearly articulated?  Does the dialogue make sense and match the story?  Are all the scenes necessary and tell a complete story?  Is the ending satisfying?

 

3.  Lookbook (required for narrative projects only):  upload as a .pdf file.

If your project is a narrative short you will need to do the following:

  • Upload your Lookbook, in the corresponding field, that visually conveys the story you want to tell.

  • Provide a description, in the corresponding field, of your Lookbook and any details that panelists should consider when reviewing.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Lookbook based on:

  • The effectiveness of your Lookbook:  are there enough details to help visualize what your film will look like and how you'll tell your story?  Does it visually represent your script, treatment and artistic approach?

 

4.  Work-In-Progress (WIP):  upload as an .mp4 or .mov file

A WIP is not required if your project is in the pre-production or early production phase.  However, if your project is in the mid-production or post-production phase you must do the following:

  • Upload your WIP, which can be a trailer, scene selects or rough cut as an .mp4 or .mov file no more than 1GB into the corresponding field.

  • Provide a short description, in the corresponding field, of what your WIP represents and any details that panelists should consider when viewing.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your WIP based on:

  • The production value, character presentation and visual style.

  • The storytelling ability of key creative personnel.

  • How well the WIP represents the idea and concept of the proposed project.

 

5.  Detailed Project Timeline* (up to 2 pages):  upload as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

Explain the current status of your project.  Provide a detailed timeline from beginning to completion.  Your timeline should cover both the creative and production processes and should detail major project activities, production schedules, and anticipated post-production and release dates.  If you have previously applied to the Digital Short Funds, please share how your project has progressed since the last time you applied.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Detailed Project Timeline based on:

  • How realistic and reasonable the project timeline is based on its current status.

  • The relevancy of the timeline to the type of project proposed

  • How likely the project will be completed within 18 months of being awarded PIC funds.

 

6.  Detailed Budget* (use of the PIC budget template is required):  upload as an .xls, .xlsx or .pdf file.

Your detailed budget should include income (secured) and expenses (both past and future) for the entire project.  It should include details appropriate to the scope of your project and be broken down by category and line item.  Use of the PIC budget template is required and can be downloaded here.  

Note: Reasonable and necessary equipment/software purchases may be included as part of the proposal and budget; however, all intended equipment/software purchases must be delineated in the proposed budget and may not total more than $500 of PIC funds. PIC funding can be used for promotional expenses but should not exceed $1,000 in total.  In-kind services and equipment are allowed in your budget but should be capped to 15% of the total budget.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Detailed Budget based on:

  • How realistic and reasonable the budget is.

  • The relevancy of the budget to the scope and type of project proposed.

  • How likely the project will be completed on budget.

 

7.  Fundraising Strategy and Grant Impact* (up to 2 pages):  upload as one document containing the following as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

  • Fundraising Strategy:  if your total budget is larger than $25,000 and you’ll need to raise additional funds aside from PIC’s, please describe the strategy for raising said additional funds. Be specific.

  • Funding Secured to Date:  provide a list of all sources and amounts raised to date.  Distinguish between potential sources of funding and secured amounts.  List the status of other sources of funding currently under consideration.  

  • Grant Impact:  Should you receive PIC funding, describe how granted funds would be spent and how the amount requested would help you move forward with your project.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Fundraising Strategy and Grant Impact based on:

  • Whether your fundraising plan is clear and concrete.

  • The probability of raising the amount needed, aside from PIC funding.

  • The reasonability of how you plan to spend PIC funds and whether it will effectively move the project forward.

 

8.  Sample Work*:  upload as an .mp4 or .mov file.

A Sample Work is required for all applications and you must do the following:

  • Upload your Sample Work, which should be the same genre as your proposed project and can be a previously completed work of yours or your director, producer, cinematographer or editor.  However, keep in mind that it’s preferred that you use a previously completed work of your own.  The file must be an .mp4 or .mov file no more than 1GB uploaded to the corresponding field.

  • Provide a short description, in the corresponding field, of what your Sample Work represents, who were the key creatives and any details that panelists should consider when viewing.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Sample Work based on:

  • The production value, character presentation and visual style

  • The storytelling ability of key creative personnel

  • How well the story progressed (narrative arc)

  • How well the Sample Work indicates success for the proposed project

 

9.  Key Creative Personnel*:  upload one document containing the following as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file:

  • Provide a list of your Key Creative Personnel (executive producer, director, producer, writer, cinematographer or editor) including names, relevant expertise, roles on the proposed project and brief bios.  Include notable credits and/or major recognition or award information.  You can also include advisors, cultural or otherwise.  

  • Letters of commitment for main characters and key creative personnel you have secured.  If you don't have letters of commitment for some of your key creative personnel, please make note of that and explain where in the process you are in securing them.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Key Creative Personnel based on:

  • The Key Creative Personnel's experience to effectively accomplish the proposed project.

  • The amount of Pacific Islander representation in key personnel positions.

  • For non-fiction projects, the access to the story's main character(s).

 

10. Audience and Distribution* (up to 2 pages):  upload one document containing the following as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

  • Intended Audience (1-2 paragraphs):  Describe the anticipated audience for your project, include any underserved audiences, and how your project will serve the needs of Pacific Islander communities.  Also describe how your project will appeal to a national and global audience.  Explain how you plan to reach these audiences.

  • Distribution (1-2 paragraphs):  Specify your festival, theatrical, community engagement and broader distribution plans for your project.

  • Promotion (1-2 paragraphs):  Describe how you intend to build a following and audience and what your promotional plan is, include social media and traditional media, if applicable.

  • Engagement & Social Impact (1-2 paragraphs):  audience engagement is a strategy designed to activate audiences and constituencies toward specific goals.  Not all films are suited for social engagement, but if yours is, what actions do you hope for viewers to take after seeing your film?  Potential activities could include organizational partnerships, viewer or educational guides, social change campaigns, multi-platform activities, etc.  What are your current or intended partnerships with organizations in your issue area?

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Audience and Distribution Plan based on:

  • The potential for your project to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.

  • How clearly you identified target and Pacific Islander audiences and how well your project will serve the needs of these audiences.

  • The effectiveness of your distribution and promotional plan to reach your audiences.

  • The potential for the project to affect social change, be a two-way conversation with viewers and target communities, and the appropriateness of your project for public media.

 

11. Training Plan* (up to 1 page):  upload as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

One of PIC's priorities is to support and nurture future Pacific Islander media makers through the projects that we fund and therefore, we require our projects to include meaningful and long lasting training and mentorship opportunities.  Provide a detailed plan to provide specific training opportunities for emerging Pacific Islander filmmakers, talent and technical crew (e.g. Actors, Cinematographer, Editor, etc.).  Be sure to include specifics on where and how you will recruit talent and what your access is to these communities

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Training Plan based on:

  • The effectiveness of your plan to provide Pacific Islanders with experience that will help build their careers.

  • How well your training plan demonstrates a familiarity with the Pacific Islander community.

  • The production team’s previous experience with mentoring or training others.

 

For questions contact Cheryl Hirasa (chirasa@piccom.org), (808) 591-0059, ext. 2.