Vote for Your Favorite During the PBS Short Film Festival via Facebook Watch Parties

The PBS Short Film Festival is back for a ninth year across all of PBS’s digital platforms starting today. The festival is part of an ongoing effort to increase the visibility of independent filmakers and will feature 25 short-form independent films under five categories: culture, environment, family, humanity and race.

Viewers can watch, share and vote for their favorite short film entries beginning July 13 at midnight on the PBS Short Film Festival Facebook page. Viewers’ votes will determine the “Most Popular” award, and a panel of seven jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize.

After the festival, all 25 films will be available to watch on the PBS Facebook page at 5 PM ET on July 25.

“At PBS, we have been committed to bringing a diversity of voices into American homes,” said Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer. “As we celebrate independent filmmakers once again this year, we’re especially proud to showcase a variety of features and perspectives across multiple platforms and help to elevate important stories.”

Here’s the full entry list and schedule below

FAMILY

“Maria”

Public Media Partner: National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

Facebook Watch Party: Monday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Set against the devastation of a recent hurricane, a young woman’s mental health is pushed to the edge when she returns home to care for her suicidal father.

“Joyride”

Public Media Partner: Latino Public Broadcasting

Facebook Watch Party: Monday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Teenage Latina sisters break their grandmother out of her assisted living facility for one last joyride.

“In This Family”

Public Media Partner: Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Ten years after being outed by his teacher, a gay man revisits raw audio recordings of his Filipino family’s reactions.

“To Infinity”

Public Media Partner: Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)

Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. ET

A dying father helps his young daughter carry an imaginary mission into space in order to reunite her with her mother; which leads to an unimaginable revelation.

RACE

“Preston’s Gone”

Public Media Partner Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)

Facebook Watch PartyWednesday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Preston Thornton, an Army veteran, was experiencing paranoid delusions on August 2, 2017. After being convinced to call the Veteran’s Crisis line by his sister, two deputies came to transport Preston to a veteran’s hospital. The tragedy that followed could have been prevented. Using the body-worn footage from the officers, the film asks how a veteran ended up dead. The answers lead to an issue larger than Preston or the deputies, a systemic problem with mental health crises in the state of Louisiana and beyond.

“Celestia Morgan”

Public Media Partner: Alabama Public Television (APTV)

Facebook Watch PartyWednesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Birmingham based conceptual photographer Celestia Morgan uses image to exercise and amplify her voice. Morgan’s latest project draws on a family’s experience with redlining, which inspired her to create work challenging assumptions about the communities around us.

“History of White People in America”

Public Media Partner:  World Channel

Facebook Watch PartyWednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET

An African husband and English wife sing about the fate of their future as new laws render their love illegal.

“A Night at the Garden”

Public Media Partner: POV

Facebook Watch PartyThursday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. ET

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism — an event largely forgotten from American history. “A Night at the Garden” uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this gathering and shine a light on the disturbing fallibility of seemingly decent people.

“Embers”

Public Media Station: KLRU-TV Austin PBS

Facebook Watch PartyThursday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Two mothers with sons in trouble at school face a racist high school administration.

“We Gon’ Be Alright”

Public Media Partner: Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Facebook Watch PartyThursday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Jeff Chang visits East Palo Alto, a historically Black and Latino community in the heart of Silicon Valley, to hang out with rapper, dancer and performer Isaiah Phillips a.k.a. Randy McPhly, who appeared in Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” video. They talk about the domino effects of gentrification and displacement, the re-segregating of an area where the rents have been rising dramatically, and why people of color feel like they’re not part of the future.

ENVIRONMENT

“The Seed Saver”

Public Media Partner: Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Facebook Watch Party: Friday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Explore the philosophy and appreciation of cooking and the art and science of growing food. In this film, a young agricultural innovator, Kristyn Leach, dives deep into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean heritage with other Korean American farmers. Along the way, Kristyn helps viewers discover the challenges young agriculturalists face and expands the idea of who a modern American farmer is today.

“One Way”

Public Media Partner: WNET (New York)

Facebook Watch Party: Friday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. ET

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

“Standing Above the Clouds”

Public Media Partner: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Facebook Watch Party: Friday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Follow Hawaiian mother-daughter activists as they stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea from the building of the world’s largest telescope.

CULTURE

“Paddle Together”

Public Media Partner: Illinois Public Media

Facebook Watch Party: Saturday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Breast cancer survivors find support and friendship in a unique sport: dragon boat racing.

“Edwin”

Public Media Station: KLRU-TV Austin PBS

Facebook Watch Party: Saturday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Edwin Debrow Jr. murdered a cab driver when he was 12. He was sentenced to 40 years. Today he’s walking out.

“Knocking Down the Fences”

Public Media Partner: Reel South

Facebook Watch Party: Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET

This is the story of a superstar athlete and why the sports industry hasn’t put her on your radar. AJ Andrews is the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, an award given to the best fielders in baseball for decades. But winning the Gold Glove did not change the fact that Andrews earns less than $15k a year in an industry more willing to pay female athletes to model than to play their sport.

“You Know the Drill”

Public Media Partner: Illinois Public Media

Facebook Watch Party: Sunday, July 19 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Most American teens and their parents worry a shooting could happen at their school. While some administrators claim active shooter drills help prepare students, a child psychologist questions whether these drills might cause more harm than good.

“How Turfing Became Synonymous with Oakland”

Public Media Station: KQED (Northern California)

Facebook Watch Party: Sunday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Turf dancers combine abrupt, angular movements with graceful footwork.


HUMANITY

“Quilt Fever”

Public Media Partner: Reel South

Facebook Watch Party: Monday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Quilt week in Paducah, Kentucky draws all walks of life and the main show in town creates a patchwork of stories ready to be shared.

“Birth of Afrobeat”

Public Media Partner: Black Public Media

Facebook Watch Party: Monday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. ET

A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, also known as “My Friend Fela,” is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, Afro-Cuban Carlos Moore. The accompanying, live-action animated short, “Birth of Afrobeat,” tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

“Sweetheart Dancers”

Public Media Partner: Vision Maker Media

Facebook Watch Party: Monday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple, are determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the “Sweetheart Dance.” This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country primarily for men and women couples, until now.

“Do Not Disturb”

Public Media Station: WSIU (Illinois)

Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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

“Happy Hounds”

Public Media Partner: MPT Digital Studios

Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Linda Domer facilitates Happy Hounds prison dog program at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Maryland.

“All Inclusive”

Public Media Partner: POV

Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Stunning, surreal and precisely composed, the views of life on board a palatial cruise ship in Corina Schwingruber Ilic’s documentary yield a pointed commentary on luxury, excess and what some people consider fun.

“Beep”

Public Media Partner: National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

Facebook Watch Party: Wednesday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET