Talofa, Hafa Adai, and Aloha,

Included in this month's newsletter:
  • Millennium Island and Raro Masters Receive PIC R&D Funding
  • Hawaiian Media Makers: Indigenous Intellectual Property Workshop
  • Accepting Pacific Heartbeat Submissions through August 7
  • 'Ohina Short Film Showcase Returns August 14-16, Honolulu
  • Watch Winning Girl and Other PIC-Funded Programs on
  • PIC-Funded Films Screen for Free in Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month
  • New PIC Resource: Monthly Calendar Featuring Events, Broadcasts, Deadlines
  • Producers' Post: Announcements, Deadlines, Trainings
Millenium Island and Raro Masters Receive R&D Funding

Millennium Island is a personal documentary following 

Kaeruru (Lulu) DeBoer as she reconnects with her Kiribati family and heritage. This journey is instigated and persistently shadowed by the impending climate change crisis. Kiribati will be lost, the question now is what will happen to its culture and people?

Unsung heroes of South Pacific music step into the spotlight after decades of making music in the shadows. Raro Masters, from Cook Islander producer Karin Williams, is a feature documentary with personal stories of remarkable pioneer musicians, their struggles to keep the music alive in the face of personal challenges and changing tastes, and its renaissance as a new generation of artists and fans embraces their 
                                                      unique cultural heritage.

The Media Fund is PIC's standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction programs for three critical phases of production: Research and Development (R&D), Production and Completion. There are two separate calls: one for R&D funding applications, and one for Production or Completion applications. 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. To learn more about applying for R&D funds, please visit our R&D Funding page. 

Hawaiʻi-based attorney and producer Mericia Palma Elmore shares her experience leading the Hawaiian Media Makersʻ Protecting Indigenous Intellectual Property workshop held on July 18th at PIC's Conference Room in Honolulu. Read the post here.

We are still seeking submissions for Pacific Heartbeat Season 5, which will be broadcast during the 2016 season. Pacific Heartbeat is a nationally distributed public television series produced by PIC in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and is presented and distributed by Boston-based American Public Television. It is an unprecedented collection of critically acclaimed documentaries centered on the Pacific Islander experience. If you'd like to submit your film for consideration, please review our Get Funded section and learn more about Pacific Heartbeat programming needs, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to apply. Deadline to submit for the 2016 season is August 7, 2015


After a brief hiatus, Honolulu's showcase of short films made in Hawai'i or by Hawai'i residents is back! PIC is proud to sponsor this year's showcase, which includes The Fishing Club. See the full lineup.

Winning Girl is still available to stream at for free through Friday, August 7th. Other PIC-funded programs available: Breadfruit & Open SpacesFishing Pono, Island of WarriorsLanguage Matters, and A Place in the Middle. Watch now.

Utah's 3rd Annual Pacific Island Heritage Month includes free screenings throughout August of PIC-funded films E Haku Inoa, In Football We Trust, Kumu Hina, and Winning GirlLearn more.

Now you won't need to wait for the monthly Producers' Post to find out about upcoming PIC events, broadcasts, and funding deadlines! PIC's newest resource is a monthly calendar that lives on the PIC website. If there's an event or deadline you'd like us to share, please send details to:


We will continue to compile the Producers' Post every month, which you will find in our monthly newsletters and on our website.

The Producers' Post, a regular update for producers, is available on our website. Included in the latest update:

  • Announcements
  • Events
  • Festival Deadlines
  • Funding Deadlines
  • Job Opportunities 
  • Resources
  • Trainings
Read the most recent post here!

The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.


Established in Honolulu in 1991 as a national nonprofit media arts corporation, PIC is a member of the National Minority Consortia, which collectively addresses the need for programming that reflects America's growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Primary funding for PIC and the Consortia is provided through an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit for additional information.
Pacific Islanders in Communications is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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