The Territory

As the longest running PBS showcase for independent short film, THE TERRITORY gears up for another incredible season with the announcement of this year's selections. Featuring a string of emerging and established directors, the show's 36th season rings true to the art of experimentation in film.

  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 1
    Air Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
    A collection of three short films, including an Academy Award-winning feature and a mesmerizing animated story that takes place deep beneath the Ocean’s surface.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 2
    Air Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
    A showcase of films from around the world, including a short feature from the U.K. about two boys trying to survive the Kosovo war.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 3
    Air date: Friday, September 23, 2016
    In the first of two short films in this episode., actor Josh Hutcherson stars in the haunting feature, The Rusted.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 4
    Air Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
    A morning run takes a terrifying turn in one of two short films from Europe.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 5
    Air Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
    First, a short film about a boy, who learns a true lesson of friendship. Then a girl dreams of the sea in a feature from Brazil.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 6
    Air Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
    Three short films from the United States, including "Black Metal," the story of a singer who struggles with guilt after a fan commits a grisly murder.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 7
    Air Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
    A journey beyond the stars in the short feature "Higher Ground." Plus, a young girl dreams of reaching the stars.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 8
    Air Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
    It's a tribute to silent film star Buster Keaton in a Made in Texas edition of "The Territory."
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 9
    Air Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
    Inside the mind of a man displaced after Hurricane Katrina. And a man seeking answers about a family curse puts his own fate at risk.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 10
    Air Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
    Tonight on "The Territory," the story of a bullied boy, who races to stop his own act of revenge before it's too late.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 11
    Air Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
    Artist Shiva Ahmadi's short film "Lotus" comes to life. And later, two men give a whole new meaning to the term ‘paper chase' in the short feature "Fragments."
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 12
    Air Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
    A collection of three short films from France, including "Mr. Hublot," the tale of a robotic pet who moves in on a timid recluse.
  • THE TERRITORY – Episode 13
    Air Date: Friday, January 13, 2017
    A showcase of three short films, including a feature from Canada. A trip to the market turns into a struggle of wits and strength in "Cheese."

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