July 11-22, 2022 | Starting at midnight on Monday, July 11, audiences will be able to watch and share all 27 films. The 2022 festival carries the tagline “Stories that Stick” to highlight the impact of powerful storytelling. In addition, a panel of nine jury members will select their favorite festival film for the Jury Prize.
The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a cross-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been shown under the festival banner.
Films presented in the PBS Short Film Festival were selected and provided by 16 public media partners and PBS member stations. This includes WKARs Twice as likely: Black infant mortality rate in the United States, a video that explores the disparity between white infant mortality, 4.6 per 1,000 births in the United States, and black infant mortality, 10.8 per 1,000 births in the United States.
The WKAR short film is available to watch on the WKAR YouTube page, video.wkar.org and the PBS video app. PBS YouTube and Facebook accounts will share the video on Saturday, July 16.
This year’s lineup also includes films by black public media, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latin Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Point of view, South Coil, Vision Maker Media and Global Channelas well as local PBS member stations, Alabama Public Television (APTV), KLRU-TV Austin PBS, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), MPT Digital StudiosWKAR (Michigan State University), WMHT (New York) and WSIU (Illinois).