Roku® Viewers to Receive Early Access to PBS Online Film Festival

Last Updated by Pete Van Vleet | Sr. Manager Digital Video Content Manager | PBS Digital on

PBS is giving its Roku® viewers an exclusive look at this years PBS Online Film Festival

The Webby-Award nominated festival is returning for a fourth year June 15 - July 17, 2015, and will feature 25 short-form independent films from and a broad spectrum of public media stations and partners.

However, starting Monday, June 8th, Roku® customers will get exclusive early access to the PBS Online Film Festival. For one-week, via the PBS channel on Roku players and Roku TV™ models, they will be able to watch all of the films  presented this year. Beginning June 15, the Festival will be available via PBS digital platforms including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels.

This year’s line up features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)National Black Programming ConsortiumPacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations including Alaska Public MediaCET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton),KLRU-TV Austin PBSKQED (San Francisco)Louisiana Public BroadcastingTwin Cities Public TelevisionUNC-TV and Vermont PBS. Promotional partners for the PBS Online Film Festival include ITVS and World Channel.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The Festival has become a popular annual online event; last year it attracted more than 350,000 streams and 50,000 votes cast for the winner, as well as a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).  

Additionally for the first time this year the 2015 PBS Online Film Festival will be made available to stations as a multi-page Bentomatic. Check out the look and feel of this Bentomatic, which features the latest Bento template and learn more in this upcoming webinar with Taryn Stewart, of PBS Digital Content team on June 9 at 2 pm EST

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