Shinichi Murota began the Sunnyside Film Festival in the historic neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens. After Shinichi's return to his homeland of Japan, the festival went on a hiatus. Producers Sherry Gamlin and Teresa Ward brought the festival back to the neighborhood under the name of Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival.

Sunnyside is a charming neighborhood minutes from midtown Manhattan and is nestled in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of New York City. We are proud of our multicultural films, and hope that in the making and viewing of these works of art, bridges can be built across the span of cultures.