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The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance and develop programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society. In keeping with the mission, PIC provides funding for new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and distribute programs about Pacific Islanders that bring new audiences to public television, advance issues and represent diverse voices and points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television.


Media Fund

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. 

Digital Shorts Fund

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.

Series Acquisition

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 is now seeking submissions for broadcast during the 2018 season. If you’d like to submit your film for consideration, click here to get started.