The Media Fund is PIC's standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction projects about the indigenous Pacific Islander experience for two critical phases of production: Production and Post-production. Projects applying to the Media Fund must be intended for national public television broadcast, and therefore must be able to enter into a production agreement - this is not your typical grant.
DEADLINES FOR 2020/2021
Media Fund 2021 Deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021. (Portal Opens Thursday, June 3, 2021)
Check back for information on our next deadline later this year!
IMPORTANT: Before you apply, it’s very important that you read the following sections for updates on project qualifications, what we’re looking for, what to expect and applicant eligibility.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D)
We are no longer accepting applications for R&D through our Media Fund. Projects interested in development funding should consider applying to our Shorts Fund to create a proof of concept for their longer film.
PIC provides up to $50,000 in Production funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (26:46 or 56:46). In rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications.
If you’re applying for Production funds, you must be the copyright holder of the project, be able to clear all third-party materials included in the project and be able to enter into a production agreement in which PIC will require certain rights to the film including exclusive U.S. television broadcast. For more information about what to expect with our contract terms, please see the CONTRACT TERMS section below.
Projects that qualify for Production funding are ones that have already completed the research and development phase and are ready to conduct or continue principal photography. If you are awarded Production funds, you must have at least 50% of your total budget raised by the time you sign our contract in order to receive funding. Funded activities should include principal photography, enough post-production to get the project to a rough cut, and other activities related to production.
PIC provides up to $50,000 in Post-production funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (26:46 or 56:46). In rare cases, if the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length projects in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications.
If you’re applying for Post-production funds, you must be the copyright holder of the project, be able to clear all third-party materials included in the project and be able to enter into a production agreement in which PIC will require certain rights to the film including exclusive U.S. television broadcast. For more information about what to expect with our contract terms, please see the CONTRACT TERMS section below.
Projects that qualify for Post-production funding are ones that have already completed the research and development and production phases and are ready to conduct or continue post-production work. If you are awarded Post-production funds, you must have at least 80% of your total budget raised by the time you sign our contract in order to receive funding.
Media Fund is not for completed projects seeking distribution. This would be considered an acquisition. For more details on submitting your film for acquisition consideration, visit our Series Acquisition page.
WHAT PIC IS LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for projects that are engaging and artistically innovative on subject matter that covers issues important to indigenous Pacific Islanders with the intention of social change to support a more educated, just and inclusive society. Topics could include, but aren’t limited to:
- Social issues (i.e.physical and mental health, housing, education, food security, economic opportunities, etc.).
- Environment and sustainability.
- Community portraits (i.e. LGBTQ, rural, families, imigration, underserved and underrepresented, etc.).
- Travel, lifestyle, personal stories, identity, sports, etc.
More information on what we’re looking for:
- Single non-fiction programs of standard broadcast length (26:46 or 56:46). In rare cases, if the story warrants it, we will consider feature-length programs. For narrative programs, please read about PIC's Digital Shorts Fund.
- Stories that are untold, little known, have an innovative approach and/or fresh perspectives of the indigenous Pacific Islander experience.
- Projects that are timely and relevant to Pacific Islander communities with universal themes that have a strong potential of appealing to a wide and diverse audience.
- Projects that provoke thoughtful dialogue about the subject matter and include a robust outreach and engagement and social impact plan with the intention of social change to encourage and support a more educated, just and inclusive society.
- Fully realized stories with completed treatments that are engaging, compelling and fitting for public television that adhere to PBS Standards of objectivity and balance.
- Projects that have a strong training plan that strive to provide meaningful training and mentorship for emerging indigenous Pacific Islander media makers.
- Experienced creative and production teams that can complete the program within budget and on schedule.
- Programs in which Pacific Islanders hold key creative or production positions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission and our review process begins. Our process includes internal vetting by staff, and evaluations by a peer review panel made up of independent filmmakers, public media executives and cultural advisors, all of which can take up to eight to ten weeks to complete. Once our review process is completed applicants will be notified whether their projects have been recommended for funding or not.
Media Fund is not your typical grant. If your project is recommended for funding, you’ll need to enter into a production agreement in which PIC will require certain rights to the film including exclusive U.S. television broadcast. 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 television broadcast.
- Have acquired all necessary intellectual property rights.
- 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.
You are eligible to apply if you are:
- An independent producer who holds artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and must own the copyright to the proposed project.
- A citizen or legal resident of the United States or its territories. If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident, you can still apply, but you will be required to have a fiscal sponsor if awarded PIC funding.
- Have previous film or television experience in a key creative role: director, co-director, producer, co-producer or writer.
- Have completed at least one full length documentary of your own.
- 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 Media Fund won't be considered.
You are not eligible to apply 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 project.
- 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.
Please proceed to our How to Apply page for a list of application materials with descriptions, and the link to the online application portal.
For questions contact Caleigh Dillon (firstname.lastname@example.org), (808) 591-0059, ext. 140.