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About the Online Film Festival

The PBS Online Film Festival returns for its 5th year this summer from July 11 through July 29. Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, POV and collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and Vision Maker Media. The PBS Online Film Festival attracted more than one million video streams and more than 100,000 votes over the first three years.

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About Our Partners

Alaska Public Media harnesses the power of multiple media platforms to make a more informed and connected life possible for all Alaskans. Alaska Public Media produces and presents news and content that provides lifelong learning opportunities in public affairs, health and leisure, science and nature, economic and social development, civic engagement and world events. The company is located in Southcentral Alaska and is comprised of KSKA radio, KAKM TV and alaskapublic.org. Alaska Public Media also operates the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN) and a shared television service with KTOO in Juneau and KYUK in Bethel. Alaska Public Media and its affiliates deliver content that reaches 96% of the population of Alaska.

CAAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens.

KLRU’s mission is to enrich the lives of their viewers through quality public television programming, community services and public events with shows like Austin City Limits, Central Texas Gardener, Arts in Context, and Overheard with Evan Smith.

KQED Public Television 9 is one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime. KQED produces and acquires programs that inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Northern California. KQED broadcasts the best available programs from PBS, APT, and other distributors, and also produces its own unique national and local programs, series, and specials. Airing more independent films than any other public broadcasting station in the country, KQED is committed to bringing the work of local and independent film producers to the community. Film School Shorts is a national half-hour weekly series that showcases short student films from across the country. Grouped together around a central theme or topic, and featuring production values that rival their indie film counterparts, KQED is proud to present award winning entertainment to a national audience. Film School Shorts is made possible by a grant from Maurice Kanbar, celebrating the vitality and power of the moving image, and by the members of KQED.

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. By acting as minority consortium, LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature. The Mission of Louisiana Public Broadcasting is to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational and entertaining. LPB strives to connect the citizens of Louisiana by creating content that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events.

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino content creators. We stand as the premiere Latino media organization, addressing for fifteen years the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP was founded in 1999 by a group of Latino producers, content creators, academics and media advocates. NALIP's mission is to promote, advance and advocate for Latino content creators across media.

National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age. Since 1991 NBPC has invested more than $7 million dollars in iconic documentary productions for public television; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape.

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is dedicated to supporting, advancing, and developing Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. In keeping with the mission, PIC helps Pacific Islander stories reach national audiences through funding support for productions, training and education, broadcast services, and community outreach.

POV is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues. Since 2003, StoryCorps has been recording and preserving the voices of everyday people, one conversation at a time. For the past seven years, the producers have shared one of these stories each week on NPR. StoryCorps Shorts are animated by Mike and Tim Rauch.

StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants since 2003. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our 'Listen' pages.

Texas Tech University Public Media provides NPR news and classical music for the South Plains of Texas, featuring fine arts, news, and cultural programs. A broadcast service of Texas Tech University.

Twin Cities Public Television(TPT)'s mission is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.” As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys. Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

UNC-TV provides people of all ages with life-changing media through its distinctive array of programs and services, including four digital channels: flagship UNC-TV; UNC-EX, the Explorer Channel; Rootle, UNC-TV's Kids Channel; and the North Carolina Channel. UNC-TV’s 12 stations make up North Carolina’s only statewide television network, made possible through a unique partnership of public investment and private support. UNC-TV is committed to producing, broadcasting, and sharing content for and about North Carolina, making it the state’s most important source of information about North Carolina. UNC-TV is PBS and more for all of North Carolina.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world. We advance Native media that represents the values, experiences, histories, and cultures of Tribal Nations, communities and people.

WPBT2 broadens the boundaries of communication, and is an agent for innovation and growth; culturally, socially, economically, and historically. Through varied media and technologies WPBT2 extends the reach of the arts and education, connects organizations and institutions across the diverse region, and preserves South Florida's history, leading the way in this global society.

Official Rules

These PBS Online Film Festival (“Film Festival”) Voting Rules (“Voting Rules”) are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”).

Who Can Vote (Eligibility): Voting is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who are at least 13 years of age, as of date of vote. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

How to Vote and Restrictions: All nominated films are available for viewing on pbs.org. Voting is open from 12:00 A.M. ET on July 11, 2016 to 11:59 P.M. ET on July 29, 2016 (“Voting Period”). You may vote by: (1) going to pbs.org and clicking on the “Vote” button, which will prompt you to log into your email, Twitter or Facebook accounts. After voting on pbs.org, you will also have the option to then share your selection to your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts for a bonus vote on either or both sites; and/or (2) logging directly into your registered Facebook account and/or public Twitter account and messaging the name of the nominated film with the hashtag of the correct film name along with #PBSolff. You may vote for as many films as you wish but are limited to one vote per film every 24 hours via pbs.org, Facebook and Twitter during the Voting Period. Votes must be cast by the authorized email, Facebook or Twitter account holder of the account from which the vote is made. Any information collected by PBS in connection with your vote on pbs.org is subject to PBS’s privacy policy, and by submitting a vote on pbs.org you agree to PBS’s terms of use. By voting on Twitter or Facebook, you acknowledge and agree to abide by the applicable site’s terms of use and policies required in order to create and/or maintain an account.

General Conditions: PBS has the right, in its sole discretion, to void any vote that appears to have been made by a person not meeting the eligibility requirements set forth above, or to be an automated or duplicate vote, and PBS has the right to permanently disqualify from any voting any person it believes has violated these rules. If for any reason the voting is not capable of being run or implemented as planned, including, but not limited to, as the result of infection by computer viruses or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other cause beyond the control of PBS, which is likely to, or actually corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the voting, then PBS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw the transmission of any vote and/or to terminate or suspend the voting at any point and declare the voting results based upon the votes up to that point. In the event of technical difficulties with the voting, including, but not limited to, mobile or Internet service interruptions, PBS reserves the right to review the votes for accuracy and to take any appropriate action, including, without limitation, voiding the votes cast during the time period in which such technical difficulties occurred. PBS, Telescope Inc., Facebook, Twitter, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, any other entity involved in the development or administration of the voting, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for any computer, network, technical, electronic, human or other errors or problems of any kind, for any injury or damage to participants or to any person’s computer or mobile phone relating to or resulting from voting or downloading materials or software in connection with the voting, or for votes that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, or late. By participating, each individual agrees to release and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of their participation in the voting. The Released Parties reserve the right to seek damages and/or other remedies to the fullest extent permitted by law in the event of any attempt by you or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service, mobile phone service, or website, tamper with the voting process, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the voting.

IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR VOTING AND/OR ACCESS OF AND USE OF ANY SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, PBS.ORG IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THESE RULES, AND THE SUBMISSION OF YOUR VOTE ARE GOVERNED BY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, AND THE FORUM AND VENUE FOR ANY DISPUTE SHALL BE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.

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