South Florida PBS’s film-maker project offers our region’s aspiring storytellers a unique opportunity for broadcast distribution.

Though South Florida is experiencing a cultural renaissance, the filmmaking community is at a dire crossroads. Funding cuts are hindering the growth of this community just as its homegrown talent begins to garner national and international recognition. South Florida PBS’s film·maker program is an effort to help avoid a talent drain by providing local filmmakers with the platform needed to disseminate their films.

The film·maker initiative will serve filmmakers from the Keys to the Treasure Coast and reach an audience of over 6.3 million. South Florida PBS with support from local film organizations will connect talented local filmmakers with a major new audience.

Tune in to South Florida PBS in 2020 to watch our local filmmakers take center stage, with stories that define this community, explore diverse themes, question public opinion, and deepen understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.

● Dedicated broadcast of films to over 6.3 million TV households

● Distribution through South Florida PBS’ existing platforms and optional distribution on mobile, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV, associated with the South Florida PBS brand

● Compensation in the form of an acquisition fee

● Participation in a companion digital series featuring interviews as well as individual profiles and access to portfolios

● The film was made in South Florida (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, or St. Lucie Counties) by a local production team

● Only one film can be submitted per filmmaker

● The film can be from any genre and less than 30 minutes in length

● The film must less than 2 years old

● The film has not yet been broadcast

● The film does not contain any profanity

Overall Rating
  • Jose Navas

    Very professional standards. Great communication.

    June 2019
  • Richard Jackson

    A dream opportunity to see your film on PBS. Way more than I could have ever imagined making films in my living room. They work with you and give you a wealth of information. Contacts were available to you and I cannot recommend it enough.

    January 2019
  • Juliet Romeo

    This was a great opportunity. I was so excited to be selected for the PBS Film-Maker project. I felt that the mentorship part of the process could have been more in-depth but I understand that this was the very first project of its kind for WPBT. Overall it was beyond what I expected. To have my film air on local tv was surreal and really made me feel validated as a filmmaker. I met many more local filmmakers and made wonderful connections. I would submit to this festival again.

    December 2018