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Two Bears

Veteran janitor fights to prove himself as a warrior and a dependable family man.

Cartoon Academy: Welcome to the Ocean Floor

Joe Wos teaches the importance of depth and dimension by drawing ocean animals.

Bertie the Brilliant

Raising money to see a magic show, a boy faces a choice when his grandma loses her job.

Dream Carriers

A college-bound Chicana tells the story of the migration of monarch butterflies.

Monograph: Guadelupe Robinson

Jackie Clay explores Alabama's rich tapestry of creative works and artistic endeavors.

Under G-D

Jewish community members challenge the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Box: The Impossible Puzzle

A simple box with an unusual locking mechanism challenges guests who attempt to solve it.

DC's Shoe: The Origin of New Balance in Washington DC

A visual history of the New Balance shoe culture in Washington, DC.

Folk Frontera

Fronteriza women navigate dual cultures while living in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Everything Wrong and Nowhere to Go

A comedic self-portrait delving into climate psychology and coping with climate anxiety.


A filmmaker's calls with her brother explore his fragile recovery from opioid addiction.

The Funeral Band

A new member of a dysfunctional brass band learns all about his unique community.

Plum Town

A young land developer returns home to the family plum orchard in the Chinese countryside.

New Beginnings

Sofia bonds with her Italian grandmother by sharing stories and making biscotti.


Pamela Winn fights to end the shackling of incarcerated pregnant people in Georgia.

Miss Chelove

Artist MISS CHELOVE shares stories from her life growing up in the D.C. punk scene.

Kumu Niu

"Niu Now" revives coconut culture in O'ahu, spreading Indigenous wisdom of "aloha 'āina."

Lucie and Annie

Lucie and Annie discuss the history of their LGBTQ+ activism in Maine.

Stories from St. Metz

An eccentric upbringing shapes brothers' life lessons about hard work, humor and family.

Lucky Fish

Two Asian-American teens meet in a Chinese restaurant's bathroom during family dinner.

A Little Off the Top

Animated documentary where three black barbers provide words of wisdom to a teen customer.

Be Heard: I Am Who I Say I Am

This documentary series captures three personal stories about navigating gender identity.

Last Call Baking

Birmingham native Chanah Willis shares delicious works of art through Last Call Baking Co.

About PBS Short Film Festival

The PBS Short Film Festival elevates the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2023 festival features “Stories in bloom” which represents growing and changing narratives.

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