2016 PBS Online Film Festival Award Winners

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Two winners were announced today for the fifth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The film that took the “People’s Choice” top honor was “GoldStar,” a film presented by Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), centering on a young girl who dedicates a love song to her teacher and the ensuing homophobic reactions from school officials and her mother. The Twin Cities PBS short film “Artist Day Jobs: Emily Lynch Victory,” a profile of an artist who cracks the code of complex math in her paintings, was the most viewed of the 25 short films screened online.

Watch "Goldstar"

About the Film:
When Iliana dedicates a love song to her teacher during an elementary school talent show, the ensuing homophobic reactions from school officials and her mother taint the experience. Iliana’s disappointment escalates when she overhears her mother Terry accusing her queer best friend Chela of influencing Iliana’s actions. Despite the disastrous evening, Iliana finds solace and faith with friends.

Watch “Artist Day Jobs: Emily Lynch Victory”

About the Film:
An obsession with numbers and patterns leads Emily Lynch Victory into the classroom – as well as towards her paintbrush. She strives to crack the code of complex math through her uniquely beautiful paintings.

View more entries from the 2016 PBS Online Film Festival.