You Know the Drill

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

All Inclusive

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

Quilt Fever

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


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

How Turfing Became Synonymous with Oakland

Turf dancers combine abrupt, angular movements with graceful footwork.

One Way

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


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

In This Family

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

Sweetheart Dancers

Two-Spirit couple rewrite the rules of Native American culture.


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

Paddle Together

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

Preston's Gone

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


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

A Night at the Garden

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

To Infinity

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


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

The Birth of Afrobeat

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

The Seed Saver

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

Happy Hounds

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

We Gon' Be Alright

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

Knocking Down the Fences

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

Standing Above the Clouds

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

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.

Celestia Morgan

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

Do Not Disturb

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

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