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Ninth Annual PBS Short Film Festival

Posted 08 Jul 2020

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — The PBS Short Film Festival will return for a ninth year to all PBS and Arkansas PBS digital platforms, including and The festival runs July 13-24 and features 25 short-form independent films presented in five categories: culture, environment, family, humanity and race.

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that both inspires and engages. A free viewing party kit is available at

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 13, audiences can watch, share and vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award. In addition, a panel of seven jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize.

This year’s jury members include: Simon Kilmurry, executive director, International Documentary Association; Mike Sargent, founder, Black Film Critics Circle; Eric Gulliver, producer, “American Experience”; Chloe Walters-Wallace, documentary lab manager, Firelight Media & Films; Adnaan Wassey, digital media executive, formerly of “POV”; Pamela A. Aguilar, senior director, General Audience Programming and Development, PBS; and Judith Vecchione, executive producer, WGBH Educational Foundation.

Films featured in the PBS Short Film Festival have been selected and provided by 18 public media partners and PBS member stations. This year’s lineup includes films from Black Public MediaCenter for Asian American Media (CAAM)Independent Television Service (ITVS)Latino Public BroadcastingNational Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), “POV,” “Reel South,” Vision Maker Media and WORLD Channel, as well as PBS local member stations Alabama Public Television (APTV)Illinois Public MediaKQEDKLRU-TV Austin PBSLouisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)MPT Digital StudiosWNET (New York) and WSIU (Illinois).

Generating more than 9 million streams over the course of the festival’s history, the PBS Short Film Festival continues to be an engaging annual digital event. The festival also received a 2015 Webby Awards nomination for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).

Additional information and updates on the PBS Short Film Festival are available at Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation by tagging @PBS and using #PBSFilmFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Since its inception in 2012, the PBS Short Film Festival (, formerly called the PBS Online Film Festival, has showcased independent films of all genres. The festival, now in its ninth year, features short films created by PBS member stations, ITVS, “POV” and a wide variety of public television producers. Each year the films highlight topics like social injustice, religion, addiction, public policy, love and other subjects inspiring to the filmmakers. Throughout the festival, viewers can watch, love and share their favorite films on a variety of platforms. At the close of the festival, a prize is awarded to the film chosen by the hand-picked jury. The 2020 PBS Short Film Festival represents a celebration of independent films and filmmaking, and a love for the craft.

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