Edwin Debrow Jr. murdered a cab driver when he was 12. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Standing Above the Clouds

Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activist stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb touches on the dangers and possible outcomes of texting while driving.

Happy Hounds

Linda Domer facilitates Happy Hounds prison dog program at a correctional institution.

All Inclusive

A pointed commentary on luxury, excess, and what some people consider fun.

Paddle Together

Breast cancer survivors find support and friendship in a unique sport: Dragon Boat Racing.

The Birth of Afrobeat

Birth of Afrobeat tells how Nigerian drummers created the Afrobeat genre.


Two boys in trouble at school face a racist high school administration.

How Turfing Became Synonymous with Oakland

Turf dancers combine abrupt, angular movements with graceful footwork.

Knocking Down the Fences

The story of AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove.


An old man spends his final days fixing machines until he finds a robot who wants to fix him.

The History of White People in America

The History of White People in America examines how skin color has come to define race in our country.


Winner: Most Popular | Teen Latina sisters break their grandmother out of assisted living for one last joyride.

We Gon' Be Alright

Jeff Chang hangs out with rapper, dancer and performer Isaiah Phillips to talk about the domino effects of gentrification.

In This Family

Winner: Juried Prize | Ten years after being outed by his teacher, a gay man revisits his family's reactions.

Preston's Gone

A veteran with mental illness is killed by police after requesting medical transport.

You Know the Drill

Active shooter drills help prepare some students. But do they do more harm than good?

A Night at the Garden

In 1939, Americans rallied in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism.


A young woman is pushed to the edge when she returns home to care for her suicidal father.

Celestia Morgan

Birmingham based conceptual photographer uses image to exercise and amplify her voice.

The Seed Saver

Kristyn Leach dives into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean roots.

To Infinity

A dying father helps his young daughter carry an imaginary mission into space.

Quilt Fever

Quilt week in Paducah, Kentucky draws all walks of life.

One Way

A man decides he needs to get away from his overheated office to a colder climate.

About the Festival

The 2020 PBS Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent films and filmmaking, and a love for the craft. Each year the films highlight topics like social injustice, religion, addiction, public policy, love and all things inspiring.
About the Festival