Forward Journey

A surreal film following a woman as she unravels the mystery of what happened to her.

Grab My Hand

A personal story of grief and a message to all to cherish every moment while we can.

Highway Mike

Highway Mike, a volunteer who distributes clean supplies to prevent overdoses, uses his knowledge to help others in need.


The hidden history of four healing stones on Waikiki Beach, and the transgender spirits within them.

Story of Your Life

What would you do if you only had 15 minutes left on Earth to live?


Powerful Dance Performance at Alabama Plantation Repurposed for Reconciliation and Art.


Luciela is fiercely independent and determined to celebrate the 4th of July with a bang.

Learning to Breathe

Black men reflect on their younger selves, sharing how their ideas of racism have changed.

Without a Whisper

The untold story of the profound influence of Indigenous women on the beginning of the women’s rights movement in the United States.

The Love Bugs

Two renowned, married entomologists facing their twilight years seek to pass on their knowledge--with a little help from their 1.25 million insects.

You and the Thing That You Love

A decade ago, Nick Mullins was one of the most promising skateboarders from the Midwest. Then, that changed.

Stacey Holloway

Stacey Holloway transforms yearning for physical touch into interactive kinetic sculptures.

Chef Steven

Baltimore chef helps feed others from the Franciscan center during the pandemic.

For Our Girls

This film explores the stigmas Black girls face as they grow up within and outside their community.

Coup d’Etat Math

This animated short depicts four stories that speak to the complex equation of each immigrant’s journey.

Deadly Jails

Oklahoma has no system for handling or treating incarcerated people with mental illness.

Mothers for Justice

After her son is shot and killed by police, Maria rallies grieving mothers to demand justice.


Twelve-Year-Old Mildred must lead her family through the hardships of Depression-Era America.


A simple grocery run with her mother ends in disaster for a woman with anger issues.

Atomic Café

A family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo became a hang-out as LA’s punk rock scene was exploding in the 70s.

Guest of Honor

Hit by tragedy, a married couple has their anniversary party and an unusual guest arrives.

Ta Hasso

Members of the Kutturan Chamoru Foundation meet virtually to create an in-language chant.

Ms Diva Trucker

A long-haul trucker turns to YouTube to cope with the strain of driving.

A Call Away

The story of Clorinda Archuleta, a mother of twin boys, who was prosecuted under Oklahoma's “failure to protect” law.

Kids Game

A group of unlikely underserved teenagers in the San Antonio region hunt to harvest wildlife for their families.

About the Festival

Now entering its 10th year, the PBS Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent films and filmmaking. Join us in exploring an incredible selection of 25 captivating films about identity, society, culture, family, race, and humanity in this annual showcase of powerful and unexpected stories.
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