PBS39 has recently broadened our reach to include partnerships
with two regional film festivals!

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival, now in its second year, was the first to embrace the idea of a partnership between independent film festivals and public media as a way to create additional interest from filmmakers and audiences alike.

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival runs from April 12th to the 15th and takes place at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. PBS39 will present a live broadcast on opening night, plus create a program that takes a closer look at the events of the festival. In addition, some of the selected winning titles will be shown on PBS39 during the week of April 15th.

"JTIFF is honored to join forces with PBS39 - one of the most important conduits of culture, education and entertainment for millions throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond," said Todd Morris, Founder and Executive Director of the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival. "Together we'll inspire the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their art, shatter convention and incite spirited debate. The theme of JTIFF is 'eyes and minds wide open' and PBS39 totally gets that."

Don't miss all the action at the
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival on PBS39!
Check out our schedule below!

Friday, April 13th
at 6:00 pm

"Opening Night at the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival"

Monday, April 16th
at 11:00 pm

"Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival Recap"

Tuesday, April 17th
at 11:00 pm

"Jim Thorpe IFF Student Film Screenings - Part I"

Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00 pm

"Jim Thorpe IFF Student Film Screenings - Part II"


The Southside Film Festival is held each year in south Bethlehem. This partnership will include broadcasting an opening night party and winning films. It also includes participation in children's workshops throughout the festival. The opening night party will take place at the PBS39 studios as the festival takes over Bethlehem's south side from June 11th to the 17th.

"The Southside Film Institute is ecstatic to be partnering with a vital community partner like PBS39," said Glenn Koehler, South Side Film Festival Director. "Our mission is to support not only independent film and filmmakers but other community businesses and non-profits. Together with PBS39 we're going to have one of our most successful festivals yet, just in time for our fifteenth anniversary."