PBS Online Film Festival: What to Expect

Posted by Dan Levy | Digital Products Associate | PBS Digital on

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The annual PBS Online Film Festival is back, toting 25 films “guaranteed to amaze, move and excite you,” and from what I’ve seen so far, the festival is living up to its claim. With both narrative and documentary style shorts, the films present diverse stories and themes.

This year sees a number of female lead shorts telling the stories of young women breaking norms to achieve their goals. “First Match” tells the story of a teenage female wrestler on an all-boy team facing her biggest challenge, her first match. The main character’s fight to achieve the respect of her peers and Father presents a level of resolve worth admiration. “Tryouts,” the tale of a Muslim-American girl wanting to join her high school cheerleading team, expresses the difficulties of being a teenager, especially when embracing one’s cultural identity. “Lady Thunderhawks” brings us to Oneida High School, where the women’s basketball team is a “pillar of hope for an entire community.”


Other films in the festival bring twists and turns to the viewing experience. The lead character in “Sorry About Tomorrow” goes back in time to hopefully avoid a tragedy by breaking up with the love of his life while she’s still a young girl. Brace yourselves for the development beats in that one!

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Dog Save the Queen

In the heartfelt “Dog Save the Queen,” the Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and shows us that sacrifice comes in many different forms, but with hopes of a better future.

This year is the festival’s third run and, like previous years, the selections are coming from various member stations and documentary series’ Independent Lens and POV. I’ve only had the opportunity to watch a few of the shorts, but I can’t wait to check out the rest! Take some time to watch for yourself and don’t forget to vote for your favorites. Tell us what you think!


By Dan Levy | Digital Products Associate | PBS Digital
Dan worked at PBS as an intern during the summer of 2013. After graduating with his master's in Telcommunications from Indiana University, Dan returned to PBS Digital as a full-time employee. In his free time, Dan frequents local food markets, goes sailing, and binge watches TV seriez (all PBS, or course!)

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