Vote: PBS Online Film Festival

Now through July 29, movie connoisseurs can view and participate in the fifth annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase of 25 short-form independent films submitted by public media stations and partners.

The entries represent the vision of independent filmmakers from across the United States. Viewers can watch, vote for, and share their favorite selections at pbs.org/filmfestival. The films are also available on YouTube, PBS social media channels, as well as through the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

“Through the PBS Online Film Festival, we are giving a national audience the opportunity to watch 25 engrossing, high-quality independent films on-demand and, for the first time, vote for their favorite film through social voting,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital.

Here is a sampling of those entries:

Unearthing the Old Village (from Alaska Public Media)

Archeologists and residents rush to save thousands of artifacts threatened by erosion near Quinhagak, a village in southwest Alaska.

Home Is a Hotel (from Center for Asian American Media or CAAM)

Chinese immigrants take on a new language and culture, as well as the disappearance of housing options in San Francisco.

In Football We Trust Short – Star Lotulelei (from Independent Lens, the PBS program featuring independent documentary films)

Polynesians are 28 times more likely than any other ethnic group to play in the NFL. Still, many Polynesian families who see football as an escape from hardship are ultimately disappointed.

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