PBS today announced that it will launch its second Online Film Festival and showcase of 25 short films from independent filmmakers. The selections include four POV short films: Ars Magna, CatCam, Sin País and Sound of Vision. The festival will last from Monday, March 4th to Friday, March 22 and can be accessed via the PBS Online Film Festival website and PBS’s YouTube channel.
Additionally, this fall PBS will present a four-week multiplatform Independent Film Showcase with programs airing Monday nights at 10 pm. The Showcase will feature films from POV, including 56 Up and Brooklyn Castle. They will be accompanied by Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and The Waiting Room from Independent Lens.
“As we’ve seen with PBS Digital Studios, the appetite for well-produced video on the web is growing substantially. Last year, Americans viewed more than 38 billion videos online a month,” said Jason Seiken, PBS General Manager, Digital. “The Online Film Festival is a great example of how we can leverage the web’s reach to showcase the terrific work of our producing partners, including the work of PBS member stations. We see the Online Film Festival as another example of how PBS and our partners are innovating and experimenting with different formats and platforms.”
Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite short film from Monday, March 4th to Friday, March 22, and the film with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award. The winning film will be announced in early April.