We are going into our 19th year in our very international neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens. WE ACCEPT FILMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR SUBMISSION.

Our mission is to bring cultures together through the art of filmmaking.

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.

Most important: Subtitles must be large enough to see in a large space that fits 300.

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 (tbd).

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
  • Anna Capunay

    Staff and Sherry are professional, the festival included a top notch lineup curated for the night. My producer and I were humbled and honored to be included in the Sunnyside Shorts International Film Festival. The audience were engaging and truly taken with festival, which speaks volumes about the artistic and discerning crowd the SSIFF draws. We will be coming back for sure as audience members and crossing fingers to be included in lineup with a future project.

    October 2023
  • Carolyn Saul

    SSIFF is a lovely festival with a strong community vibe, and an appreciative film-loving audience. I am very thankful that “this bond i and Bondi” was selected to screen among an amazing collection of other short films at Sunnyside 2022. Fortunately, I was able to attend the Festival and it was great to meet Sherry (who was always responsive in email communication), and the SSIFF team who put together a fabulously curated program of short films.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Carolyn. It was such a pleasure meeting you at the film festival. Your film was fantastic and now I want to go visit Biondi. Please let us know when your next film is done. I appreciate this lovely review. Be well.

  • Jafar Mahyari

    Amazing Festival ! Great communication, programming !Thank you very much for having us this year !

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Jayfar. We really appreciate your kind words.

  • I was happy to have my film "BLACK ENOUGH" shown at the festival, all the films selected were fantastic, the organizers were friendly, and very accommodating, I definitely look forward to screening a film there again in the future.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Keith! It was lovely meeting you and your wife. We're looking forward to you next submission for 2022.
    Stay well. Sherry Gamlin, Festival Director

  • 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