Grants for Filmmakers for the Production of Short Movies

Grants for arts, acting, and other creative areas can be found on AfricanAmericanGrants.org. There’s yet another opportunity for grants of up to $25,000 to USA and Territories filmmakers for the production of short movies. Funding is intended for stories addressing subject matters relevant to indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Eligible projects may be non-fictional or fictional and must be a length of 15 minutes or less. 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. For more grant opportunities, like this one, click here.

What PIC is looking for:

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 support a more educated, just 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. 

More information:

  • Single fiction or non-fiction films of 15 minutes or less.
  • Serial or anthology web-series that are fiction or non-fiction with each episode being 15 minutes or less.
  • Projects can be in pre-production, production or post-production stages.  Regardless of the project’s stage, if the budget is larger than $25,000, applicants will be required to have a fundraising plan to raise the total budget.
  • Projects that can be finished within 18 months of being awarded PIC funding.
  • Proposed projects for which the exclusive U.S. and non-exclusive 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, compelling and fitting for online streaming.
  • 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 and support a more educated, just and inclusive society.
  • Applicants who are open to working with a mentor to further develop their projects once PIC funding is awarded.
  • Projects that have a strong training plan that strives to provide meaningful training and mentorship for emerging indigenous Pacific Islander media makers.

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 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 Digital Shorts Fund.
– Applying to only one PIC funding initiative at a time. If you have an application in for another PIC funding initiative your application to the Digital 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 the final delivery on your previous project is approved.