This unique program offers our region’s storytellers a platform for broadcast distribution of their finished films.

Though South Florida is experiencing a cultural renaissance, the film-making 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 project supports our local talent by providing the platform needed to disseminate their films to a new audience.

The initiative serves film·makers from the Keys to the Treasure Coast with an audience reach of over 6.3 million. The project is co-directed by three senior South Florida PBS staffers with support from local film organizations.

Tune in to South Florida PBS in April 2019 to watch our local filmmakers take center stage, with stories that define this community, explore diverse themes, question public opinion, and deepen the understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.

In Season 1 (fall of 2017) the film-makers’ short and long-form independent films were broadcast to over 2.4 million TV households on South Florida PBS’ WPBT and WXEL channels and were promoted heavily on social media, on-air, on the WPBT website through weekly press releases and e-blasts to our viewers.

The first season is now in national distribution, and we were thrilled to have two of the films nominated for Suncoast Regional Emmy awards and one winner!

film-maker project


Meet the Film Makers

Season 1 Film Makers

Meet the film makers featured in Season 1 of Film Maker.

Season 2 Film Makers

Meet the film makers featured in Season 2 of Film Maker.


film-maker is made possible by:

National Endowment for the Arts


South Florida PBS Arts Challenge

Lydia Harrison

Alfred Lewis

The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation