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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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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.
'Without a Whisper': A Conversation with Director Katsitsionni Fox
'Without a Whisper': A Conversation with Director Katsitsionni Fox
by Vision Maker Media | July 12, 2021
Filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox discusses representation of Native communities and the profound influence the women in her life have had in her film "Without a Whisper."
McKinleigh Lair Reflects on 'You Know the Drill'
McKinleigh Lair Reflects on 'You Know the Drill'
by McKinleigh Lair | July 22, 2020
In "You Know the Drill," a normal school day in Wyoming becomes combative as students flip tables, dog-pile on trainers with plastic guns, and ponder whether they could fight back in a real shooting.
Survivorship Meets Sportsmanship Meets Filmmaking
Survivorship Meets Sportsmanship Meets Filmmaking
by Illinois Public Media | July 17, 2020
Illinois Public Media spoke with Katie Prentiss Onsager on the making of "Paddle Together."
'The History Of White People In America,' Episode Two: How America Outlawed Interracial Marriage
'The History Of White People In America,' Episode Two: How America Outlawed Interracial Marriage
by Jackie Bruleigh | July 15, 2020
WGBH's Jackie Bruleigh spoke with art director and editor Drew Takahashi and producer Clementine Briand to learn more about the series — and this episode, in particular.
'Everything Fell into Place': Jeff Chang and Bao Nguyen Gon’ Be Alright
'Everything Fell into Place': Jeff Chang and Bao Nguyen Gon’ Be Alright
by Craig Phillips | July 13, 2020
Filmmaker Bao Nguyen and Writer Jeff Chang talk about connecting with people and with each other, in the making of "We Gon' Be Alright."
Behind the Scenes: 'Standing Above the Clouds'
Behind the Scenes: 'Standing Above the Clouds'
by Jalena Keane-Lee | July 08, 2020
Director Jalena Keane-Lee gives us an inside look at her film "Standing Above The Clouds."
Director Ben-Alex Dupris Reflects on His Film 'Sweetheart Dancers'
Director Ben-Alex Dupris Reflects on His Film 'Sweetheart Dancers'
by Ben-Alex Dupris | July 07, 2020
In his own words, Director Ben-Alex Dupris takes us through the creation of his film, "Sweetheart Dancers."
Filmmaker Interview: Olivia Merrion of 'Quilt Fever'
Filmmaker Interview: Olivia Merrion of 'Quilt Fever'
by Heather Leighton | July 07, 2020
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Olivia Merrion captures the "Academy Awards of quilting" in her film "Quilt Fever."

About the Festival

Now in its 11th 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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