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Digital Shorts Fund


The Digital Shorts Fund is PIC’s newest funding 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. 


The Digital Shorts Fund application is now closed. We will be accepting applications again between April 25, 2019, through May 17, 2019. Please check back for a link to the application at that time. 

For instructions on how to apply go to the How to Apply page.  We strongly suggest you read through all sections as policies and processes may have recently changed.




PIC is 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.




  • 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. and non-exclusive online streaming are available.




In order to be an eligible applicant, 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.  If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident, you can still apply, but you will need to have a fiscal sponsor if awarded funding.
  • 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 won't 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.
  • Current signatories of a PIC-funded project.  You may not enter into a new PIC contract until final delivery on your 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 certain rights to the film including exclusive U.S. and non-exclusive online streaming.  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 online streaming
  • Seek PIC’s approval of other underwriters of the project.
  • 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.


For instructions on how to apply go to the How to Apply page.

For questions contact Cheryl Hirasa (chirasa@piccom.org), (808) 591-0059, ext. 5