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August 22 - September 5, 2020

Los Angeles, CA

SYSFF was founded with the goal of creating an intimate experience with impeccable programming, where every decision is made with the filmmakers in mind. We program thought-provoking, conversation-starting stories that align with our mantra: Films with an Aftertaste. Whether they are shot on the iPhone or the Alexa, we love shorts of every genre and seek to share a slate of films that represents the diverse & distinct voices in our world today.

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Festival Program

409 min

CONGRATS to all our winners! Read about the awards each film won on our website and enjoy these awesome films through September 5th. Don’t forget, most filmmakers have provided pre-taped Q&A videos!

95 min

Each of our shorts blocks is designed to take our audiences on a full-spectrum emotional journey. We sprinkle in a little of everything - drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, genre, and international flavor. What unites these films and makes them part of our lineup? We have found that they all have aftertaste. Curious to learn more? Check out pre-taped filmmaker Q&As. And don’t forget to vote in our audience survey!

Creating Your Own Opportunities with Darious Britt & Tre'Shonda Sheffey
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

A roundtable discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Darious Britt, producer Tre'Shonda Sheffey and our 2020 BIPOC filmmakers about creating your own opportunities in the film industry.

All event times are Pacific Time.

The Stories We Are Afraid to Tell with Jenni Konner
Saturday, Aug 29, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Executive Producer Jenni Konner (GIRLS, IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE and SUITED) to discuss the importance of telling personal stories. A select group of SYSFF filmmakers will join in the conversation and get feedback on their stories.

All event times are Pacific Time.

Award Show
Sunday, Aug 30, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Erin Brown Thomas and Becky Murdoch will host the 4th annual Salute Your Shorts Award Show! 

All event times are Pacific Time.



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