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Shorts Fund

Grants to USA and Territories Filmmakers for the
Production of Short Movies About Pacific Islanders

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Funding Source:

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Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Deadline Date:

05/14/21 5:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA and Territories filmmakers for the production of short movies. Funding is intended for stories addressing topics relevant to indigenous Pacific Islanders. FIlms should encourage social change and equity and may be narrative or non-fiction. Pacific Islanders include the descendants of the indigenous peoples of Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, and other Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia.

PIC is 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 encourage a more informed, equitable, 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, immigration, underserved and underrepresented, etc.). 
  • Travel, lifestyle, personal stories, identity, sports, etc.
  • Impact and solutions to COVID-19

More information on what PIC is looking for:

  • Single scripted narrative or non-fiction films of 15 minutes or less.
  • Serial or anthology web-series that are scripted narratives or non-fiction with each episode being 15 minutes or less.
  • Projects can be in pre-production, production or post-production stages.  
  • Proposed projects for which the exclusive U.S. television and online streaming rights are available.
  • Stories that are untold, little known, have an innovative approach and/or fresh perspectives of the indigenous Pacific Islander experience.
  • Fully realized stories with completed treatments and/or scripts that are engaging and compelling.
  • Projects with universal themes that have a strong potential of appealing to a wide and diverse audience.
  • Projects that include a robust outreach, engagement and social impact plan with the intention of social change to encourage a more informed, equitable and inclusive society.
  • Projects that have a strong training plan that strives to provide meaningful training and mentorship for emerging indigenous Pacific Islander media makers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188330

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

PIC is looking for projects that can be finished within 18 months of being awarded funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 U.S. 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.
- Applying with only one project to the Shorts Fund.
- Applying to only one PIC funding initiative at a time. If you currently have an application under consideration for another PIC funding initiative your application to the Shorts Fund won't be considered.

You are not eligible 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 industrial, commercial and promotional projects.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for 2021: Applications will be accepted beginning April 8, 2021 until May 14, 2021 at 5pm HST.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission, which is when the review process begins. The process includes internal vetting by staff, and evaluations by a peer review panel made up of film industry professionals, independent filmmakers, public media executives and cultural advisors, all of which can take up to three months. Once the review process is completed applicants will be notified whether their projects have been recommended for funding or not.

Shorts Fund is not your typical grant. If your project is recommended for funding you will need to enter into a production agreement in which PIC will require certain rights to the film including exclusive U.S. television broadcast and/or online streaming.

If your budget is larger than $25,000 and you’re awarded funding, PIC will require that at least 50% of your budget is raised in order for funds to be released.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions contact Caleigh Dillon (, (808) 591-0059, ext. 140.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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