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Digital Shorts Fund

The Digital Shorts Fund is PIC’s new and exciting initiative, which provides funding of up to $25,000 for the completion of fiction and non-fiction short content of untold stories and fresh perspectives on the Pacific Islander experience.  Projects that are completed will be distributed on public media digital platforms with an option for public television broadcast.  

We are currently working on a few exciting changes to the Digital Shorts Fund, which has resulted in pushing back our deadline for applications to the summer.  Please check back in April for an update.

For application instructions go to the How to Apply page.

The following sections will cover information you should know before applying to the Digital Shorts Fund:

  • What PIC is Looking For
  • Eligibility Requirements for applicants
  • Funding Contract Terms

What PIC is looking for

The Digital Shorts Fund is for projects that are untold stories that provide a fresh perspective on the Pacific Islander experience.  We’re interested in projects that are engaging and artistically innovative on subject matter that covers issues important to Pacific Islanders with the potential to draw a large and diverse audience as well as having a strong outreach and engagement plan.  Topics could include, but aren’t limited to:  current events, contemporary social issues, travel, lifestyle, personal stories, identity, environment, sustainability, education & schools, families, immigration, sports, etc.

PIC will accept the following:

  • Single fiction or non-fiction films of 15 minutes or less
  • Episodic or anthology web-series that are fiction or non-fiction with each episode being 15 minutes or less
  • Projects can be in R&D, production or completion stages.  Regardless of the project’s stage, if your budget is larger than $25,000 you will be required to finish the project within a year of being awarded PIC funding.
  • Proposed projects for which the exclusive U.S. web rights are available for 4 years.
  • PIC and our independent review panel will evaluate projects on the following:
  • Creativity, innovation and production value.
  • Exceptional storytelling with a clear narrative structure, visual and stylistic approach.
  • Accurate and authentic representation of Pacific Islanders and the Pacific Islander experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject matter as well as a thoughtful and sensitive approach.
  • Projects that can be completed within a year regardless of whether your budget is larger than $25,000.
  • Experience and competency of production teams to complete the project within budget and schedule.
  • Projects in which Pacific Islanders hold key creative or technical positions.
  • The appropriateness of the project for digital platforms as well as its potential to draw a large and diverse audience.
  • Projects that have a strong outreach and engagement plan.
  • Projects that have a well thought out training plan for emerging Pacific Islander talent.


In order to be eligible you must be:

  • An independent producer who holds artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and must own the copyright to the proposed project.
  • At least 18 years of age and a citizen or legal resident of the United States or its territories.
  • Have previous film or television experience as demonstrated by submitting a previously completed sample work.
  • Applying with only one project to the Digital Shorts Fund.  
  • Applying to only one PIC funding initiative at a time.  If you have an application in for another PIC funding initiative your application to the Digital Shorts Fund wonʻt be considered.

You are not eligible if you are:

  • Applying with a thesis project or student film which is co-owned or solely owned or copyrighted, or otherwise editorially or fiscally controlled by the school.
  • Producers or production entities that are foreign-based, owned, or controlled unless you are working with a U.S. fiscal sponsor.
  • Applying with an industrial, commercial and promotional projects.
  • Producers who are current signatories of a PIC-funded project.  You may not enter into a new PIC contract until final delivery on their previous project is approved.

FUNDING CONTRACT TERMS:  What to expect with PIC Funding

The Digital Shorts Fund is not your typical grant. If your project is approved for funding you will need to enter into a production agreement in which PIC will require exclusive web rights for the United States and its territories.  Other terms of our contract worth noting are below:

  • Adherence to a schedule of deliverables and budget.
  • Meet PBS underwriting, technical specifications and editorial standards.
  • Agree to receive regular feedback from PIC in good faith
  • Clear all third party material used in your project for web streaming
  • Inform and seek PIC’s approval of other underwriters of the project.
  • Inform and seek PIC’s approval for any forms of distribution not controlled by PIC.
  • Keep and report accurate and detailed bookkeeping for the project.
  • Share with PIC a pro-rata percentage of net revenues of net distribution income.
  • In kind services and equipment are allowed in your budget. However, it should be capped to 15% of the total budget.

Please review the Application Process & Instructions page for more details.

For questions contact Ianeta Le‘i at ilei@piccom.org, (808) 591-0059, ext. 5