We are going into our 16th year of this international short film festival in this international neighborhood in Queens, NYC.

Our mission is to bring cultures together through the art of filmmaking. And we never fail.

Press releases will go to the New York Times, Time Out NY, NY Daily News (see their article on us at http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/sunnyside-festival-features-local-foreign-short-films-article-1.319582), various local papers and the TV station NY 1.
Prizes tbd


FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS: Through the Secure Online Screening format available through FilmFreeway.

Please ensure that your film plays FULLHD 720p/1080p or 4k only. We recommend you upload an H.264 video file encoded at 10Mbps.

Questions can be directed to sunnysideshortsfest@gmail.com.

All submissions should be clearly marked with director's name, film title, genre, total running time and the filmmakers' email address and FilmFreeway tracking #.
Submission fees are non-refundable.

All entrants will be notified of selection by 9/4/2021.

Please ensure if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained festival clearance for that material used. By entering your work, you agree to this and the responsibilities involved.

Films screened in the festival should be presented in English. For all dialogues presented in other languages, the festival will accept subtitling and/or dubbing. Subtitles must be large enough to see in a large space that fits 300.

Film Length is 20 minutes max.

Entering this competition represents my accepting all the terms and conditions specified above.

All questions should be sent to sunnysideshortsfest@gmail.com.

Overall Rating
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got official selection which is a great encouragement for us.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Madhu! It was our pleasure. Stay safe.
    The team at SSIFF

  • Elizaveta Stishova

    Awesome! Great festival team with excellent communication and support from the day of selection to the last day of the festival.
    Thank you Sherry, soul and engine of everything,
    thanks Bill Berg for the brilliance, understanding and
    friendliness, thanks Sunit Shukla for reliability and sense of humor and to everyone I don't know personally for what you have done.
    I had never thought about Queens, New York, before. Now it seems almost native to me. I never thought that I would find there so many friendly, warm people, who are in love with art of cinema. And with your help - so many viewers all over the world. My film "From Khovrino" won the prize as the audience's favorite narrative. This award and the festival will be forever unforgettable.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Elizaveta! It was our pleasure. From Khovrino was a beautifully crafted film and very powerful.
    Best of luck to you and your team.

  • This is such an amazing festival! I strongly recommend this to all the filmmakers. My film Manasanamaha has won best comedy 2020, it's an honour! The festival director Sherry Gamlin managed to do great interactive sessions to keep the lively environment amidst these tough times. Best Communication! Love it

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Deepak. Everyone loved Manasanamaha.
    And we look forward to the feature! Stay well, my friend.

  • Nora Mariana

    What a fantastic festival! Wonderful lineup, great communications, and very welcoming organizers. They managed to put together an extraordinary festival -- with very thoughtful Q&As -- even in the midst of a pandemic. I can't recommend this festival enough and very much hope we can experience it in person someday soon! -- Team ALINA

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Nora. Alina was a very important addition to our festival and we were proud to show it.
    We appreciate your review and hope to see another great film from you next year. Be well and stay safe.

  • Samantha Farinella

    Great experience at this festival. Everyone involved is responsive, helpful and excited about what they are doing. Great job, Sherry!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Samantha. Your film was so good! I hope you submit your next film to us. Thanks for the Q&A. Be well.