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PIC Special Projects 


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.  

The following sections will cover information you should know before applying for PIC Special Projects funding:

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


  • Stories about Pacific Islander history, culture and society either by Pacific Islanders or non-Pacific Islanders
  • Stories that will engage national as well as regional audiences revealing universal themes through the lens of local perspectives and realities
  • Have a PBS station or public media organization as a co-producing partner
  • Projects that have a secured national broadcast for public television distribution.
  • A limited series (2-3 episodes) or a single non-fiction program of standard broadcast length (26:46 or 56:46) that is too time sensitive to apply for Media Fund funding.  PIC will consider feature length programs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Producers who have at least 50% of their budget raised.  
  • Projects that have an effective training component for Pacific Islander talent
  • Projects that have a realistic fundraising strategy and/or producers with proven fundraising experience
  • Producers who have extensive experience with producing national public television programs 


Who Is Eligible

Independent producers or entities producing television, film, or video programming are eligible to apply providing they follow these guidelines.

Applicants must:

  • Hold artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and must own the copyright to the proposed project.
  • Be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories.
  • Have extensive national public television experience.


Funding Contract Terms 

Producers seeking Co-production funding will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the U.S. and its.  For more information about whether your project fits PIC Special Projects funding and how to apply, please contact Cheryl Hirasa or (808) 591-0059, ext. 2.