Among the festival’s 25 short-form independent films, “Heroine of Hope” and “BT Lives the Stitch” will be open for public viewing and voting July 15th – July 26th.

Two of our Small Forces films have been selected for the 8th Annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival is part of a multi-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers, and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that both inspires and engages.

The two films follow the Small Forces mission to showcase people and organizations making a difference in their communities. “Heroine of Hope” addresses the opioid crisis in America, telling the story of Scarlet Hudson, a woman who left her career to help women in her community caught in the abusive cycle of addiction and sex trafficking. “BT Lives in the Stitch” takes viewers to North Lawndale College Prep, a high school located on the south side of Chicago, in a neighborhood notable more for urban blight than quality education. Then, teacher Dorothea Tobin introduced the BT Lives in the Stitch program, creating community and safe haven amongst an unlikely group of teens.

Starting July 15, viewers can watch, share and vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award. In addition, a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize.”

Our filmmaking team conducted a Q & A about impact filmmaking with PBS. You can read the interview here.

You can vote every day between now and July 26th at by clicking the blue “vote” button under the video module. You can vote for multiple films.

Follow the Small Forces Facebook page for reminders to vote!

For updates on the festival, follow #PBSFilmFest on Twitter or visit

We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the selection of films in the festival!

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