***Update - Film-maker Season 5 will now debut in Fall of 2022.***
With the recent Covid surge delaying Season 5, we have decided to reopen the entry window for submissions. The festival for South Florida made films is still free to enter with winning entries going to broadcast as Season 5 of the local and nationally syndicated public media program, “film-maker.” Entries are being accepted through June 30, 2022.

film-maker: noun – a public television series featuring the best in locally produced South Florida short films. Free to enter.

Is there a catch? It’s got to be local baby!

Local director, local crew, local talent, filmed locally – Key West to Sebastian Inlet. Oh, and your film must be under 30 minutes, never broadcast, less than 2 years old, and with limited or no profanity, and no nudity.

The film-maker project is back with a fifth season, offering our region’s storytellers a unique opportunity for broadcast distribution – both locally and nationally. Films are chosen for broadcast by a panel of working filmmakers and reps from cinematic arts organizations in the region.

The film-maker series has proudly aired 87 films across four seasons. All of those films were made by our neighbors, right here in South Florida, proving again, that with a supportive local film community, impactful movies can be made outside of Hollywood and New York.

South Florida PBS has become a home for independent film and classic cinema alike. From film-maker to our work on the Hindsight regional documentary series with our partners Firelight Media and Reel South, to our Saturday Night Classic Movies featuring weekly MovieTime commentaries from film historian and O Cinema co-founder Kareem Tabsch, we are excited about the power of film to share the human experience.

As with previous seasons, the film·maker initiative will serve filmmakers from the Keys to the Treasure Coast and the series will reach an audience of over 6.3 million. South Florida PBS with support from local film organizations will connect talented local filmmakers with this massive regional audience.

Tune in to South Florida PBS in November of 2022 to watch our local filmmakers take center stage, with stories that define this community, explore diverse themes, and deepen our 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 - documentary or narrative fiction

● The film must be less than 30 minutes in length

● The film must be less than 2 years old

● The film has not yet been broadcast

● The film contains no or limited profanity, no commercial product placement, and no nudity

● Open to filmmakers of all ages and experience levels

Overall Rating
  • Great festival. Glad to have been a part of it with our movie Croqueta Nation. Thank you guys for including us. Would definitely submit again!!

    January 2023
  • Chris Krider

    What an amazing opportunity to see my work broadcast with so much love and care! And what an excellent line up of films! I can’t wait to submit again and see what else is out there.

    January 2023
  • Annik Babinski

    Fantastic opportunity! An honor to work with PBS.

    July 2021
  • Carla Forte

    Incredible opportunity!!!! I LOVE THE FILM-MAKER PROJECT!!!!

    July 2021
  • Sandra Portal-Andreu

    Was so happy to have my film Labyrinth be part of their 1st episode. It was a huge honor to my work shown on PBS.

    February 2021