Opportunities

Interested in getting support for your project?

How to Apply

Overview 

The deadline for applications was on March 10, 2017.  The next deadline will be announced later this year, please check back in August.

The Digital Shorts Fund is PIC's funding initiative, which provides up to $25,000 of funding for fiction and non-fiction content intended for digital distribution with an option for public television broadcast.


Application 

PIC uses an online application portal for submissions that will be available two weeks before the deadline.  You’ll need to create a login account, which will enable you to access your application form and upload materials until the deadline of Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The following is a list of materials with descriptions that you’ll need to upload.  We suggest reviewing the application form and preparing materials well in advance of the deadline.


Application Materials 

Please upload the following materials through the online application portal once you’ve set up a login account.

 

1. Project Description - .doc or PDF  

  • Communicate the program idea with as much detail as possible. Be sure to include the following:
  • Project Tagline (1 sentence).
  • Project Synopsis (1 paragraph).
  • Current Status (1-2 paragraphs):  detailing what work has already been completed.
  • Treatment (3 pages maximum):  clearly describe the premise of your story, subject matter, characters, theme, format, stylistic approach, point of view, narrative structure and importance of the story to Pacific Islanders.
  • Script of the proposed project (only applicable to narrative shorts).
  • Description of Work-in-Progress and Sample Work for DOCUMENTARIES (max. 1 page):  if your project is a documentary in the production or post-production phase, you should include a short description of what your Work-in-Progress and Sample Work represents and any details the panelists should consider when viewing them.
  • Description of Storyboard or Lookbook and Sample Work for NARRATIVES (max. 1 page):  if your project is a narrative and you donʻt have a trailer you should include a short description of what your Storyboard or Lookbook and Sample Work represents and any details the panelists should consider when viewing them.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Project Description based on:

  • Clarity of the treatment:  Is the treatment well written and storyline clearly delineated?  Does the applicant demonstrate exceptional storytelling with a clear narrative structure, visual and stylistic approach?  Is the theme well articulated?  Is the project innovative and/or take creative risks? Are the characters well developed? Is the project appropriate for digital platform distribution?
  • Subject matter:  Is the story compelling?  Is the subject matter original?
  • Pacific Islander content:  Does the applicant demonstrate sensitivity and understanding toward Pacific Islander culture?  Is the story an accurate and authentic representation of the Pacific Islander experience?  Is the story timely and relevant to Pacific Islander communities?

 

2. Work-In-Progress (WIP) - .mp4 or .mov file

WIPs are not required for documentary or narrative projects that are in the R&D phase.  However, at least a trailer or scene selects are required if you’re in the production or post-production phase.  A WIP should be:

  • No more than 5 minutes in length
  • An .mp4 or .mov file no more than 500 MB
  • Uploaded through the online application portal and to a third party video sharing or file transfer website (e.g. Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.), which needs to be downloadable

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your WIP based on:

  • The production value, character presentation and visual style
  • The storytelling ability of key personnel
  • How well the WIP represents the idea and concept of the proposed project

 

3. Storyboard or Lookbook (narratives only) - PDF

If your project is a narrative short and you're in the R&D or early production phase, a Storyboard or Lookbook is required.

  • Storyboard or Lookbook should visually convey the story you want to tell

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your WIP based on:

  • Clarity of your Storyboard or Lookbook:  are there enough details to help visualize what your film will look like and how you'll tell your story?  Does it visually represent your script well?  

 

4.  Sample Work - .mp4 or .mov file

A Sample Work is required for all applications and must be:

  • No more than 15 minutes in length
  • An .mp4 or .mov file no more than 500 MB
  • Uploaded through the online application portal and to a third party video sharing or file transfer website (e.g. Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.), which needs to be downloadable
  • Same genre as the proposed project

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Sample Work based on:

  • The production value, character presentation and visual style
  • The storytelling ability of key personnel
  • How well the story progressed (narrative arc)
  • How well the Sample Work indicates success for the proposed project

 

5. Production Team - .doc or PDF:

Provide a list of people on your production team and their roles on the proposed project with brief bios, resumes and letters of commitment. Your production team should include key creative roles such as Executive Producer, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Actors, Editor, Writer, etc.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Production Team based on:

  • The production team’s experience to effectively accomplish the proposed project
  • The amount of Pacific Islander representation in key personnel positions
  • For non-fiction projects, the access and rapport with the subject(s) and story

 

6. Detailed Budget  - .xls or PDF

Your detailed budget should include income and expenses (both spent and expected) for the entire project.  It should include details appropriate to the scope of your project and be broken down by category and line item.  If you need a template you can download one here, but you aren’t required to use it if you have your own.  

Note: Reasonable and necessary equipment/software purchases may be included as part of the proposal and budget; however, all intended equipment/software purchases must be delineated in the proposed budget and may not total more than $500 of PIC funds. In kind services and equipment are allowed in your budget. However, it should be capped to 15% of the total budget.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Production Team based on:

  • How realistic and reasonable the budget is
  • The relevancy of the budget to the type of project proposed
  • How likely the project will be completed on budget

 

7. Detailed Project Timeline (up to 1 page) - .doc or PDF

Your Project Timeline should account for activities from the beginning through the completion of the project.  If your budget is larger than $25,000, please include an explanation of how you plan to raise the rest of the funding needed to complete the project.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Budget & Project Timeline based on:

  • How realistic and reasonable the project timeline is
  • The relevancy of the timeline to the type of project proposed
  • How likely the project will be completed within a year
  • If your budget is larger than $25,000, is there a clear and concrete near-term realistic plan to raise the funds needed?

 

8. Audience & Outreach/Engagement Plan (up to two pages) - .doc or PDF

Provide an explanation of how your project will appeal to a wide and diverse audience as well as specific target audiences for the project and how you intend to reach and engage with them.  You should also include how your project will serve the needs of Pacific Islanders and why your project is appropriate for a public media online audience.

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Audience and Outreach/Engagement Plan based on:

  • The potential for your project to appeal to a wide and diverse audience
  • How clearly you identified target and Pacific Islander audiences
  • How well your project will serve the needs of your audiences and Pacific Islander communities
  • The potential for the project to be a two-way conversation
  • The appropriateness of your project for public media
  • The effectiveness of your outreach and engagement plan and your ability to carry out that plan

 

9. Training Plan (up to one page) - .doc or PDF

Provide an explanation of how this project will provide specific training opportunities for emerging Pacific Islander producers and/or talent (e.g. actors, cinematographer, editor, etc.)

 

The Independent Review Panel will evaluate your Training Plan based on:

  • The effectiveness of your plan to provide Pacific Islanders with training opportunities
  • How well your training plan demonstrates a familiarity with the Pacific Islander community
  • The production team’s previous experience with mentoring or training others

For questions contact Ianeta Le‘i at ilei@piccom.org, (808) 591-0059, ext. 6

 


What to Expect

After you submit your application and materials, your project will be reviewed and evaluated by an Independent Review Panel (IRP).  The IRP is made up of cultural advisors, executives in the public television system and independent filmmakers.  The entire process from application intake through evaluation typically takes 12 - 14 weeks, after which PIC will notify you of your project's status.