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The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance and develop media content that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture and society.  In keeping with the mission, PIC provides funding in various ways for content intended for public media distribution that brings new audiences to public media, advance issues and represents diverse voices and points of view not seen anywhere else. 



The Media Fund is PIC’s standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction programs for three critical phases of production: Research and Development (R&D), Production and Completion. Projects applying to Media Fund must be intended for national public television broadcast and therefore must be able to enter into a license agreement – this is not a grant. 


The Digital Shorts Fund provides funding 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 must be intended for public media digital platforms and therefore applicants must enter into a license agreement if funding is awarded.


PIC accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects for public television broadcast that fall outside the parameters of the Media Fund.  PIC’s capacity to fund these projects is extremely limited and highly competitive.  Such projects must meet a set of strict criteria in order to be considered for funding.  


Pacific Heartbeat is a nationally distributed public television series produced by PIC in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and is presented and distributed by Boston-based American Public Television. It is an unprecedented collection of critically acclaimed documentaries centered on the Pacific Islander experience. Pacific Heartbeat accepts submissions year-round. If you’d like to submit your film for consideration, click here to get started.