Funding and Licensing Opportunity for USA Producers
and Production Companies for Media on Pacific Islanders
and Production Companies for Media on Pacific Islanders
Foundation / Corporation
Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)
11/17/17 - Deadline for Production and Completion Applications; Applications for Research and Development will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA and territories producers and production companies for the licensing of media productions presenting the Pacific Islander experience. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Funding may be requested for projects at any stage of production.
Research & Development (R&D) Funding:
Media Fund provides grants for Research & Development (R&D) funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46). In rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications. Producers applying for R&D funds will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the US and its territories.
Projects that qualify for R&D funding are ones that have not yet begun production. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production and post-production to create a trailer or reel for fundraising or other early phase activities.
Media Fund provides Production funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46). In rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications. Producers applying for Production funds will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the U.S. and its territories.
Projects that qualify for Production funding are ones that have already completed the research and development phase and are ready to conduct or continue principal photography. Producers applying for Production funding must have at least 50% of their total budget raised in order to receive funding. Funded activities should include principal photography, enough post-production to get the project to a rough cut, and other activities related to production.
Media Fund provides Completion funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46). In rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications. Producers applying for Completion funds will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the U.S. and its territories.
Projects that qualify for Completion funding are ones that have already completed the research and development and production phase and are continuing post-production work. Producers applying for Completion funding must have at least 80% of their total budget raised in order to apply for funding.
PIC uses the following criteria when considering projects for funding:
-Accurate and authentic representation of the Pacific Islander experience.
-Programs that shed light on the Pacific Islander experience.
-Programs that provoke thoughtful dialogue about the subject.
-Knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as a thoughtful and sensitive approach.
-The timeliness and relevance of the film's content to Pacific Islanders.
-Originality of subject matter.
-Stories that will appeal and be accessible to a national audience.
-Programs in the R&D, Production, and Completion (Post-Production) phases.
-Effective production and fundraising plans.
-Competent creative and production teams that can complete the program within budget and on schedule.
-Programs in which Pacific Islanders hold key creative or production positions.
-Programs that adhere to PBS standards of objectivity and balance.
-Single non-fiction programs of standard broadcast length [56:46 or 26:46; in rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs] in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications.
Funding Contract Terms - What to Expect with PIC Funding:
Media Fund is not your typical grant and PIC doesn't just provide funding for your project. If your project is awarded funding you will need to enter into a production agreement in which you will license to PIC the exclusive television broadcast rights for the U.S. and its territories. The reason PIC acquires broadcast rights is because it will distribute your project to the national public television system. Other terms of the contract worth noting are below:
-Completion of your project according to your proposed timeline, treatment and budget
-Adherence to a schedule of deliverables and detailed financial reporting
-Meet PBS editorial, underwriting and technical standards and specifications
-Agree to receive regular feedback on cut from PIC in good faith
-Inform and seek PIC's approval of other underwriters of the project
-Inform and seek PIC's approval for any forms of distribution not controlled by PIC
-Keep and report accurate and detailed bookkeeping for the project, and follow PIC's standards of budget management and reporting
-Share with PIC a pro-rata percentage of net revenues of net distribution income
PBS is committed to serving the public interest by providing content of the highest quality that enriches the marketplace of ideas, unencumbered by commercial imperative. Throughout PBS’s history, four fundamental principles have guided that commitment.
-Editorial integrity: PBS content should embrace the highest commitment to excellence, professionalism, intellectual honesty, and transparency. Accuracy is the cornerstone of PBS’s news and informational content.
-Quality: PBS seeks the highest quality content available. PBS content should be distinguished by professionalism, thoroughness, and a commitment to experimentation and innovation.
-Diversity: PBS strives to offer a variety of quality content. PBS must be responsive to a diverse public and has a responsibility to explore subjects of significance and the marketplace of ideas.
-Local station autonomy: Local decision-making ensures topical and relevant content and allows PBS member stations to reflect the communities they serve.
-R&D Funding: Up to $15,000
-Production Funding: Up to $50,000
-Completion Funding: Up to $50,000
Independent producers are eligible to apply if you are:
-The owner of the copyright of your production and hold artistic/editorial and budgetary control of the story.
-At least 18 years of age and a citizen or legal resident of the United States or its territories.
-Not employed as a producer or director by a broadcast entity or film studio.
-Someone with previous film and/or television experience in a key artistic role (e.g. director co-director, producer, co-producer, executive producer)
-Only applying to this PIC funding initiative at this time and do not have another project under consideration for other PIC funding.
PIC is interested in stories of the Pacific and the Pacific Islander experience in particular. For the purposes of these funding initiatives, “Pacific Islander” is defined as one whose ancestors were the indigenous people of Polynesia, Micronesia, or Melanesia—in particular, Hawai‘i, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. If the project is specifically Filipino, Indonesian, etc. in subject matter, contact the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) at (415) 863-0814 or visit their website at caamedia.org.
You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen in order to apply for PIC funding. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen or a legal resident, you will need to secure a fiscal sponsor in order to be able to receive funding from PIC if you’re awarded funding. PIC is not allowed to disburse monies to foreign production companies or non-legal residents.
Projects that are not eligible for Media funding are:
-Programs that are not standard broadcast length [56:46 or 26:46; in rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs] in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications.
-Programs in which the exclusive broadcast rights for the US and its territories are not available.
-Programs intended solely for theatrical release or that are commercial in nature.
-Thesis projects or student films which are co-owned or solely owned or copyrighted, or otherwise editorially or fiscally controlled by the school.
-Producers who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents or production entities that are foreign-based, owned or controlled unless there is a U.S. fiscal sponsor.
-Industrial and promotional projects.
-Producers who are current signatories of a PIC-funded project may not enter into a new PIC contract until final delivery on their previous program is approved.
Media Fund does not provide funding for completed projects seeking distribution. This would be considered an acquisition.
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. In-kind equipment and/or services can be included in your budget. However, the amount of in-kind is limited to at most 15% of the total budget.
The next deadline for Production and Completion applications is November 17, 2017.
Please note that starting October 1, 2017, PIC will be accepting Media Fund Research and Development (R&D) applications on a rolling basis.
If you plan to apply for Media Fund funding, it is strongly suggested that you contact PIC staff with any questions.
How to Apply:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you intend to apply for R&D funding, please contact:
(808) 591-0059, ext. 6
If you plan to apply for Media Fund funding, contact PIC staff at:
Pacific Islanders in Communications
615 Pi'ikoi Street Suite 1504
Honolulu, HI 96814
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