Shorts Brings Film to Queens
Film Fest Showcases Indies
By Noah C. Zuss
Soon to Queens, the best in short film!
This September, Sunnyside shorts will bring independent
films back to Queens. This year, the festival
has been expanded to two full days of cinema.
The event intends to be a yearly grassroots film
festival and will be held on Sept. 6 and 7.
|The Sunnyside film festival will be held Sept. 6 and 7.
Shorts is now accepting short films in all genres
including animation, narrative, documentary, short
fiction music/dance and concept films are also
The festival features work from local artists
as well as national and international filmmakers.
Criteria for the festival are simple, as short
films and videos are limited to 15 minutes in
length. On the first night, films will be shown
outside on a big screen at the Sunnyside Gardens
Park, located at 39th Ave. and 49th St. beginning
Before the show begins, revelers can come early
at 7 p.m. and listen to traditional Irish music
performed by Donie Carroll, Dan Neely and members
of The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra.
Should the skies open and rainfall spoil the outdoor
enjoyment, the films will move indoors into the
Sunnyside Community Center, located at 41-31 39th
St. between Queens Blvd. and 43rd Ave.
The mission of the festival is "Bringing communities
together through the art of filmmaking," an ambitious
objective founder Shinichi Murota believed in
In 2001 Murota began the Sunnyside Film Festival
in the historic neighborhood. After Shinichi abruptly
returned to his homeland in Japan, the festival
was forced to go on hiatus for two years.
Then in 2007, film producers Sherry Gamlin and
Teresa Ward brought the festival back to the neighborhood,
and renamed it the Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival.
The first year back was successful, paving the
way for an annual festival with some minor changes,
including a one-night extension.
The 2007 festival was a one-night event, held
Sept. 9. This year Sunnyside Shorts is expanding
to two nights, one indoors and one held outdoors
under the night sky.
Those attending should know, due to the nature
of outdoor showing, any artist submitting work
to be shown outdoors will have to abide by strict
Sunnyside Shorts does not offer any prizes or
awards, declining to choose among all of the fine
films and their filmmakers.
The filmmakers are not required to attend the
festival, but the event encourages attendance.
So come out to the Sunnyside Shorts Festival,
staged in one of the most diverse places on earth.
It is held in a lovely neighborhood, and with
a diversity of submissions reflects the differences
of the city while building bridges between cultures