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Media Fund Application

Overview

The next deadline for Production or Completion applications: April 7, 2017, 5 p.m. HST

The Media Fund is PIC’s standing funding initiative, which provides funds 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.

PIC currently has four funding calls per fiscal year. Two calls for R&D applications, and two calls for Production or Completion applications. Applicants may apply with only one project per call. Please contact mediafund@piccom.org with questions no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.


Application

Application portal is available here.

Once you are at the login page, please sign in. If you are new to this application process, please sign up by entering your email address and password. You will then be taken to the application form. If you have already created an application, please log in to review/edit your application or fill in other requested information.


Application Materials

Along with filling out the online application, you will be required to submit application materials which are listed below. We suggest preparing these materials before starting the process:

1. Project Description (up to six pages total in Word or PDF format)

Communicate the program idea with as much detail as possible. Be sure to include the following:

  • Current status
  • Synopsis of the program
  • A treatment describing how the story will be translated to screen
  • A description of theme, format, stylistic approach, point of view, and narrative structure
  • If you are submitting a WIP, include a description and indicate whether it is a rough cut, trailer, scene selects, etc.
  • A description of the Sample Works, which includes the relevance of the Sample Works to the proposed program and the applicant's role

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the Project Description based on:

  • Clarity of the treatment
  • The ability to visualize the film by reading the treatment
  • The originality of the subject matter
  • How well the characters were developed
  • The effectiveness of the stylistic approach that was taken toward the subject matter
  • The accuracy, authenticity and quality of Pacific Islander representation in the treatment
  • The timeliness and relevance of the film's content to the Pacific Islander culture

2. Work-In-Progress (WIP)

WIPs are not required for R&D applications, but are required for Production and Completion applications.  

A WIP must be:

  • An .mp4 or .mov file no more than 250 MB
  • Uploaded through this online form and to a third party video sharing or file transfer website (e.g. Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) and be downloadable
  • At least a trailer or scene selects if you are applying for Production funding
  • At least a rough cut if you are applying for Completion funding
  • Submitted in the same genre as the proposal

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the WIP based on:

  • The production value
  • How well the material in the WIP represents the stylistic approach, ideas and concept of the proposed project
  • The storytelling ability of key personnel and how well the story progressed for Rough Cuts or Fine Cuts

3. Sample Work(s)

All applications (R&D, Production and Completion) must be submitted with two Sample Works. 

All Sample Works must be:

  • An .mp4 or .mov file no more than 250 MB each
  • Uploaded through this online form and to a third party video sharing or file transfer website (e.g. Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) and be downloadable
  • Submitted in its entirety
  • Submitted in the same genre as the proposal

The Independent Review Panel evaluates Sample Works based on:

  • The production value of the sample
  • How well the sample showcased the skill of the key personnel
  • How well the characters were developed in the sample
  • The storytelling ability of key personnel as demonstrated in the sample
  • How well the story progressed (narrative arc)

4. Key Personnel (in Word or PDF format)

Provide one document that includes names of key personnel and their roles on the proposed project with brief bios, resumes and letters of commitment. Key personnel should include: Executive Producer, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Writer, etc. Bios, resumes and letters of commitment are required. Applications missing these will be considered incomplete and will automatically be disqualified.

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the Key Personnel based on:

  • The production team’s cumulative experience in filmmaking and producing for public television
  • The production team’s experience with working on nationally broadcast films
  • The probability of the production team to complete this film on budget and on schedule
  • The amount of representation of Pacific Islanders in key personnel positions
  • The production team’s experience with fundraising

5. Project Timeline (in Word or PDF format)

The timeline should account for activities through the completion of the project.

6. Detailed Budget (in Excel or PDF format)

The detailed budget should reflect income and expected costs for the project, broken down by category and line item appropriate to the phase of funding. For R&D funding, budgets should only include R&D income and expected costs, and for Production or Completion funding, budgets should include income and expected costs for the entire project. Templates for R&D budgets and Production or Completion budgets are available to download.

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.

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the Detailed Budget based on:

  • How realistic the budget was overall
  • The familiarity demonstrated with the budget format
  • How reasonable the costs were in the budget
  • How relevant the details of the budget were to the phase of funding and to the scope of the project

7. Fundraising Strategy (limited to one page in Word or PDF format)

Provide a detailed fundraising strategy. Include specific potential funding sources, amounts and relevancy to the project.

8. Target Audience (limited to one page in Word or PDF format)

Provide an explanation of the anticipated audience for the project by identifying specific communities. Your explanation should include:

  • Why the story is appropriate for public television
  • What is the story's impact on Pacific Islander communities and a national audience
  • In what way are these audiences not being served by public television
  • How this story will address the needs and interests of Pacific Islander communities
  • What is your relationship and access to these communities

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the Target Audience based on:

  • The appropriateness of the project for public television
  • The potential of the project to appeal to a national broadcast audience
  • How well you have identified the film’s target audience
  • How well the film will serve the needs and interests of underrepresented audiences

9. Training Opportunities (limited to one page in Word or PDF format)

Provide an explanation of how this project will provide specific training or internship opportunities for emerging Pacific Islander producers or technical talent (e.g., associate producer, assistant editor). These positions must be reflected in the budget.

The Independent Review Panel evaluates the Training Opportunities based on:

  • The plan to provide Pacific Islanders with training opportunities
  • The opportunity potential of placing Pacific Islanders in key personnel positions
  • The opportunity potential of placing Pacific Islanders in internship positions
  • How well the training plan demonstrated a familiarity with the Pacific Islander community
  • The production team’s previous experience with mentoring or training others

 


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