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Film Festival in Sunnyside this Saturday

Sept. 7, 2011 Staff Report

The fifth annual Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival will take place in Sunnyside Gardens Park this Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:00 pm.

The festival will showcase films running from 44 seconds to 16 minutes in length and include comedy, animation, documentary and narration. Like in the past, Sunnyside Shorts will present both US and foreign films, including those from the UK and France.

This year, the Sunnyside Shorts program will be held in conjunction with Flicks in the Garden, which was established this year to cultivate and recognize Sunnyside filmmakers.

The entire program will be 2 hours in length. The entry fee is $10, or $5 for members of Sunnyside Gardens Park.

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Thank you, Lily! Putting the film fest on is about 9 months of blood, sweat and sometimes tears (like when or if it’s going to rain) and we appreciate everyone’s support not only financially but by attending every year.


As one of the other organizers of the Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival, let me assure readers that we, nor Flicks in the Garden, have nothing to do with the Council Member’s decision to give funding to the Sunnyside Gardens Park.

As the notice said, this event is open to ALL members of the public. As Sherry noted above, the event has never been free. The entrance fee pays for technicians as well as programs, flyers/postcards, refreshments, and other minor costs. We operate on a very small budget.

The event is about recognizing local filmmakers (who, by the way, are doing some outstanding work!) as well as showcasing films from overseas by filmmakers who hope to have their work shown in the U.S. We hope that those who disagree with the Council Member’s decision do not hold it against the event. Thank you.


I highly doubt Sunnyside Shorts or Flicks in the Garden have anything to do with JVB giving tax money to Sunnyside Gardens. Programs such as these are great for our community. Go support local filmmakers, and enjoy the chance you get to attend a park event without being a member. Thanks for putting this on, Sherry.


The film festival has always been a “suggested donation of $10”. Never free since it costs money to put on a festival and we’re not funded by anyone or any city agency. Plus, it’s cheaper (and hopefully more fun) than paying to see a movie.
This year we are having it in the park, and are sharing the event with Flicks in the Garden- who are park members, we (Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival are having an entry fee at the request of the Sunnyside Gardens Park.
It will be 3 hours of live music, wonderful short films and refreshments that are at a minimal cost, including pizza from Sunnyside Pizza.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the weather we’ve been having, please make sure you check or , the day of to confirm the date or if we’ve been moved to the RAIN DATE SEPTEMBER 17TH.
Thank you and I hope you join us!

Sherry, Producer of the
Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival


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