Attention local Austin-area independent filmmakers!

Posted on Feb 13, 2020

Local Austin-area independent filmmakers! Send us your short films!

Films submitted may be nominated for inclusion in the ninth annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase for powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 8 million video views over the past nine years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, Independent Lens and POV. Collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, Black Public Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and Vision Maker Media have also been included.

__Submissions should be 3-15 minutes in length and can be documentary or narrative.
There are no requirements about the short films having premiered elsewhere, though they should be no older than three years old.
PBS also needs to have non-exclusive rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platforms. __

Austin-area filmmakers, to have your short films considered, submit the following via email to JJ Weber at by February 24:
• Subject Line: “2020 PBS Online Film Festival submissions"
• Title
• Brief description (up to 90 characters including spaces)
• Online screener link
• Flags/Time-code for any suggestive language or scenes (we are PBS, remember!)
• Summarized information about the filmmaker(s)

Filmmakers from other areas should contact their local PBS affiliate.

Dates for the 2020 PBS Online Film Festival and the featured films will be announced at a later date. The festival will be available for streaming via PBS and Austin PBS, KLRU-TV digital platforms, including, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android and a wide range of OTT devices.