Black Hills Canyon Skating
Black Hills Canyon Skating

The Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival will return for a sixth year July 17 – July 28, 2017, featuring 25 short-form independent films.

Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award. And, for the first time ever, a panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize”.

Short films featured in the PBS Online Film Festival include:


“It Is What It Is”
Digging deep into family history for answers to questions about his identity, Cyrus finds some things might be better off left in the past.

Detroit Public TV WTVS

A woman gets a new lease on life when she meets someone less fortunate.


“Guns on Campus”
Fifty years after the first recorded mass shooting in U.S. history took place at the University of Texas in Austin, a new “campus carry” law allows people to carry concealed handguns on all public university campuses in Texas.


“The Secession”
A story about two Texas boys, a secession, and egg rolls.

“U R a Dial Tone”
A sign language interpreter is emotionally and physically sucked into her clients’ lives.


A girl receives a mysterious gift that will unravel secrets from the past.

Latino Public Broadcasting

“Amigas with Benefits”
Amigas with Benefits is a short dramedy about an elderly bride-to-be who nearly has her wedding day ruined by an uninvited guest.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting

“Last Light”
On the verge of her mother’s death, Addie returns home to shed light on her dark past.

Si, a temperamental six-year-old, gets a goldfish after begging for a puppy.


In the course of a difficult day, Maria, a creative young girl, and her hardworking father must discover a way to mend love and memories while confronting loss.


A short profile piece that showcases the charismatic and talented drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this exclusive interview Kojo offers his thoughts on Jazz, being home-schooled, traveling and his biggest influence, his father Antoine Roney.

“You Can Go”
A high school administrator talks down a troubled student.


When a family crisis strikes, an ailing Polynesian matriarch must find the strength to lead her family one last time.


“Our Voices Are Rarely Heard”
A visceral snapshot of how inmates survive solitary confinement.

Reel South

“A Thousand Midnights”
Chronicles the contemporary manifestation of the economic and social histories of Black Americans who came to the north during the Great Migration in search of economic opportunities. The implications of their migration, and the lack of economic opportunity they encountered, has far reaching consequences for Black America today.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

“Black Hills Canyon Skating”
While the Black Hills of South Dakota may lack the elevation and snow that makes for skiing, they make up for it with ice-providing intrepid winter explorers with miles of canyon streams on which to ice skate.

South Florida PBS

A mini-documentary about SunGhosts, an up and coming indie rock band from Miami.

Twin Cities PBS

“Rogue Taxidermy Artist Sarina Brewer”
From goats with fishtails to cats with wings, Sarina Brewer celebrates animals in her art.

“Syrian Photographer Osama Esid”
Photographer Osama Esid seeks connection from his American neighbors to Syrian Refugees.

Vermont PBS

“The Collinwood Fire”
A news reporter and a filmmaker turn a 1908 elementary school fire into a media sensation.

“State Trooper”
A prisoner acts out his guilt, anger, and fear through dance.

Vision Makers Media

Nikki Lowe’s journey of being a mother, daughter, sister, and Native warrior.


“Our Nation”
An African-American boy in Norfolk, VA in 1915 confronts racism in The Birth of a Nation.

Wisconsin Public Television

“Little Man”
An animated spoken-word piece that tells Steven Rodriguez’s experiences of being an elder brother, son of a drug addicted mother and struggling but dedicated college student.

WORLD Channel

“Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia”
Kymone Freeman keeps his D.C. neighbors strong by helping them tell their stories.

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