The Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival will return for an eighth year on July 15 and will feature 25 short-form independent film submissions from multiple public media partners and PBS member stations including Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

This is the seventh straight year an LPB-submitted film has made the national festival.

Louisiana filmmaker Emma Scott is among those featured in this year’s festival for her film “The Children of Central City.”

The PBS Online Film Festival is part of a multi-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent films, and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that inspires and engages.

Beginning July 15, the festival will be available via lpb.org/filmfest and PBS digital platforms including PBS.org. As in previous years, all 25 films will be available to stream on YouTube and Facebook.

Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award, and a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize.”

LPB’s festival entry

The Children of Central City

The school-age children that call a midtown section of New Orleans, known as Central City, home do not have lives like most. The short film provides a look at the impact of growing up surrounded by violence in one of New Orleans’ most crime-riddled neighborhoods.

It takes viewers to their playing field, classrooms, homes and the offices of the social workers whose attempts to treat the children’s post-traumatic stress are repeatedly thwarted by state budget cuts to mental healthcare.

The Filmmaker: Emma Scott

Emma Scott is an award-winning video journalist based in New Orleans and is currently a member of the Online News Association’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator.

She received a Masters of Arts in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and previously worked for Agence France-Press in Washington, DC. Scott’s work has been selected for the New Orleans Film Festival and the Meet the Press + AFI Film Festival.

“The quality and diversity of film submissions we receive each year is outstanding,” said Jason Viso, LPB’s Director of Programming & Content. “It truly reflects the talented filmmakers we have in our state.”

The PBS Online Film Festival has become a popular annual online event, generating more than six million streams over the course of the festival’s history. The festival also received a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).

“Every year, PBS and its member stations challenge ourselves to elevate the breadth and depth of innovative storytelling through our work with The PBS Online Film Festival,” said Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer. “The world of filmmaking is changing, and filmmakers can make as much of an impact on small screens as they do on big screens. The festival amplifies unique stories from an exciting collection of filmmakers across the country, reaching viewers on platforms as diverse as the films themselves.”

For updates on the festival, follow #PBSFilmFest on Twitter or visit lpb.org/filmfest.