About the 2022 Festival

Years Running
Streams across PBS and Social platforms
Independent films featured

Stories that Stick

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 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 2022 festival carries the tagline “Stories that Stick” to highlight the impact of powerful storytelling.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 11, audiences can watch and share all 27 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. Eric Gulliver, American Experience Producer; Simon Kilmurry, International Documentary Association, Executive Director; Judith Vecchione, WGBH Educational Foundation, Executive Producer; Mike Sargent, Reelworld/Nightshift, Producer/Host; Adnaan Wassey, Digital Media Executive (formerly of POV); Antonia Thornton, Firelight Media, Artist Programs Coordinator; Wendy Llinas, PBS National Programming; Jada Leng, PBS National Programming; Weenta Girmay, Firelight Media, Regional Initiatives Coordinator.

Films featured in the PBS Short Film Festival have been selected and provided by 16 public media partners and PBS member stations. This year’s lineup includes films from Black Public Media, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, 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), KLRU-TV Austin PBS, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), MPT Digital Studios, WKAR (Michigan State University), WMHT (New York) and WSIU (Illinois).

Generating more than 12 million streams over the course of the festival’s history, the Webby Award-winning PBS Short Film Festival continues to be an engaging annual digital event.

This Year's Award

A distinguished panel of nine jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize.”

Meet the Jury
The "Juried Prize" Laurel for the 2021 PBS Short Film Festival

Go Behind the Scenes

Filmmakers take us behind the scenes, sharing the inspiration behind their stories, the process that goes into the production of their films, new projects and more.
Go Behind the Scenes

Our 2022 Festival Partners