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.

Story of Your Life

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

Chilly and Milly

The story of a diabetic father with kidney failure and his child.

Amplified Voices

A community public mural project amplifies the voices of local artists.

My Chinatown, With Aloha

Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu's Chinatown.

The Daily Aesthetics of Alexander Martin

A documentary about Alexander, a queer artist and drag queen living in Peoria, Illinois.

Ta Hasso

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

Forward Journey

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

Mothers for Justice

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

Highway Mike

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

Guest of Honor

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

Kantan Hereru

A aging blacksmith tells stories from his past and shares the importance of his craft.

17 Year Locust

Haitian immigrant Rene moves to Louisiana with his wife in hopes of a new life.

Ms Diva Trucker

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

Learning to Breathe

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


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

Monograph: Lo Harris

Self taught illustrator has transformed her practice into a full time art career.


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


A young Yezidi girl wrestles quietly with her traumatic memories of the Mediterranean Sea.

83 and Alone

83 AND ALONE explores a community made empty because of water.

You Can’t Stop Spirit

The Mardi Gras Baby Dolls explore themes of identity and sexual liberation in New Orleans.

Salvando A Salvador

A dark comedy about three sisters who seek to do right by their deceased father.

Osage Murders

A documentary focusing on the events that occurred on the Osage reservation in the 1920s.

Twice as Likely

Why are Black infants twice as likely as White infants to die before their first birthday?

When I'm Her

Michael, once a ballet prodigy, finds refuge and liberation as his alter ego, Madame Olga.

Senior Prom

For Triangle Square retirement home residents, “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning.

Stacey Holloway

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


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

Disrupted Borders

A coming-of-age story about two best friends living on the US-Mexico border.

For Our Girls

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

Grilled Queso

A night in the life of a couple working in a food truck in the busiest areas in Austin.

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.

The First Monument

The First Monument explores the commission of a bust of Mr. Newton.

Atomic Café

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

Kids Game

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

A Call Away

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

Road to Step

A fraternity’s step team vies for the Black Step Show crown on campus.

Deadly Jails

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

Ala Moana Boys

Five young men consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences.


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

The Piñata

Mia finds it difficult to keep up appearances for her friends and family.

Grab My Hand

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

I'm Free, Now You Are Free

A story about the reunion and repair between a formerly incarcerated political prisoner.


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

Chef Steven

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

On All Fronts

Family member reveals personal experiences never shared before with their loved ones.

Ka Ho'i

A Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the struggles of growing older.

The Dig: Bmore Club

Baltimore's unique music and dance genre is poised for a post-pandemic comeback.

Wonderfully Made

Kashmiere Culberson is a recent college graduate who embodies strength and confidence. Kash does not allow her disability to limit her pursuit of happiness and self-love.

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.

Coup d’Etat Math

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

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 captivating films about identity, society, culture, family, race, and humanity in this annual showcase of powerful and unexpected stories.
About the Festival