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The filmmakers of the PBS Short Film Festival 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.

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PBS Short Film Festival Enters Virtual Reality for 10th Year
PBS Short Film Festival Enters Virtual Reality for 10th Year
by PBS | July 26, 2021
The PBS Short Film Festival offers a virtual reality option to showcase filmmakers' cinematic art to a wider audience and in a more engaging format.
Ricci and Grammer Speak on Independent Films and 'Mildred'
Ricci and Grammer Speak on Independent Films and 'Mildred'
by Katya Saldana and Nicole Tillberg | July 26, 2021
Director Michael Ricci Director and Cinematographer Cody Grammer discuss how they and other filmmakers in the Southern Illinois area have come together to continue their passion for filmmaking.
Filmmaker Q&A: Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson Remix the Conversation Around Race in America
Filmmaker Q&A: Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson Remix the Conversation Around Race in America
by WORLD Channel | July 14, 2021
In fierce recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, Filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson reflect on their commitment to inspire change for a brighter future.
'Kids Game' Creator Michiel Thomas Shares His Filmmaking Insights
'Kids Game' Creator Michiel Thomas Shares His Filmmaking Insights
by Heather Leighton | July 12, 2021
In "Kids Game," a group of underserved teenagers go on a hunt to harvest wildlife for their families. Reel South's Heather Leighton sits down with the film's director, Michiel Thomas.
Sai Selvarajan Highlights Emotional Immigrant Stories in 'Coup D'etat Math'
Sai Selvarajan Highlights Emotional Immigrant Stories in 'Coup D'etat Math'
by Heather Leighton | July 12, 2021
Director Sai Selvarajan discusses “Coup d'etat Math,” a film depicting the ubiquitous struggles many immigrants endure.
Erin Ploss-Campoamor Reflects on Her Film 'Luciela'
Erin Ploss-Campoamor Reflects on Her Film 'Luciela'
by Latino Public Broadcasting | July 12, 2021
Latino Public Broadcasting spoke with Erin Ploss-Campoamor on the making of "Luciela."
'Chef Steven': Serving a Community with Food and Dignity
'Chef Steven': Serving a Community with Food and Dignity
by Amy Oden | July 12, 2021
Director Amy Oden sits down with Baltimore chef Steven Allbright to talk about his mission of paying it forward to those in need.
Nakamura and Boch Reflect on 'Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town'
Nakamura and Boch Reflect on 'Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town'
by Grace Hwang Lynch | July 12, 2021
Directors Tad Nakamura and Akira Boch examine the inspiration and cultural legacy behind "Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town."
Falling in Love with 'The Love Bugs'
Falling in Love with 'The Love Bugs'
by POV | July 12, 2021
Directors Maria Clinton and Allison Otto take us through the process of creating "The Love Bugs."

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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