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PBS Short Film Festival 2021


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until July 23, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual Festival
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2021 festival carries the tagline “A Decade of Being Seen” as a reminder that the festival has always striven to amplify the untold stories of America.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 12, audiences can watch and share all 25 films. In addition, a panel of nine jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize. Jury members are respected professionals in independent film and public media and were invited by PBS to participate.

The PBS Short Film festival will be available for streaming from Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 23. Free admission.

How to watch? | The PBS Short Film Festival will be available across Facebook, YouTube and the PBS Video App. Join us for our live premiere of the Short Film Festival via Zoom on July 12 at 7 p.m. ET by registering here.

The featured short films are:
Beep | An old man spends his final days fixing machines until he finds a robot who wants to fix him.
The Birth of Afrobeat | Birth of Afrobeat tells how Nigerian drummers created the Afrobeat genre.
The Seed Saver | Kristyn Leach dives into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean roots.
All Inclusive | A pointed commentary on luxury, excess, and what some people consider fun.
Standing Above the Clouds | Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activist stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.
Embers | Two boys in trouble at school face a racist high school administration.
Celestia Morgan | Birmingham based conceptual photographer uses image to exercise and amplify her voice.
One Way | A man decides he needs to get away from his overheated office to a colder climate.
Paddle Together | Breast cancer survivors find support and friendship in a unique sport: Dragon Boat Racing.
We Gon' Be Alright | Jeff Chang hangs out with rapper, dancer and performer Isaiah Phillips to talk about the domino effects of gentrification.
Preston's Gone | A veteran with mental illness is killed by police after requesting medical transport.
How Turfing Became Synonymous with Oakland | Turf dancers combine abrupt, angular movements with graceful footwork.

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Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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