Reel Digital

2021 - Applications for Reel Digital 3.0 are now open! Interested creatives based in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama can submit their credentials here to participate:

In response to evaluations and feedback from last year’s Reel Digital and shifting priorities for our station partners, the 2021 edition of Reel Digital will shift from a one-day, intensive virtual event to three virtual panel discussions, spread over a month, culminating in three separate, in-person station visits hosted by local PBS affiliates. Filmmakers will not be required to commit to a full-day for the virtual event, instead attending a series of shorter panel discussions spread out over a period of time. With these updates, Reel Digital 2021 will again feature national and regional panelists at each of the three virtual panel discussions, to be attended by a larger cohort from the participating stations. These virtual panel discussions will be open to select participants from those states who will host in-person meetings and tours of the local station. Capping the experience will be three individualized and localized in-person station visits and events, hosted by the three PBS partner stations.  Committed are Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Arkansas PBS and Alabama Public Television. This version of Reel Digital will feature the same number of panelists, sessions, and hours of engagement, with the addition of in-person opportunities for deeper connection.

Funding for Reel Digital is provided by the National Endowment for the Art.


(Archive) Reel Digital is a day-long innovative digital video lab aimed at connecting independent, emerging content creators based in the South with local public television stations. Following a promotion, application and selection process, up to 25 regional filmmakers/producers will be invited to attend the lab (at no cost) which will feature an overview of public media’s robust digital content, panels on digital video best practices and creative approaches, and networking opportunities with filmmaking organizations, festivals, and distributors. The lab is also a collaboration between Reel South, PBS stations, and local independent filmmakers, whereby creatives are commissioned to create Reel Digital-informed media projects locally.

Reel Digital is an innovative, digital video lab that was piloted at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in Fall of 2019 and moved virtually in 2020. Plans for the next iteration of the conference are below.