To Sonny

Set in the American South just before the 2016 presidential elections, 'To Sonny' follows a vending machine loader on his daily, lonely route.

Director Bio

Federico Spiazzi is a Director and Writer based in New York City where he recently graduated from Columbia University’s MFA Film Program concentrated in Directing. His most recent short film, 'Refuge', was awarded a Kodak Motion Picture Grant, a National Board of Review Student Grant, and the Refinery 29’s Best Film Award at the 2018 Columbia University Film Festival. Beyond directing, Federico has worked as a freelance cinematographer and editor internationally. He is currently in development on his first feature film, 'Verona'.

Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Maggie Briggs is an award-winning filmmaker currently based in New York City where she recently received her MFA at Columbia University. Maggie’s produced work has shown internationally at festivals including Toronto International Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Her first feature project, 'Prone to Wander', was selected as one of the top scripts coming through Columbia at this time and was presented as a Jury Select at the Columbia University Film Festival.


  • Directed by:Federico Spiazzi & Maggie Briggs
  • Written by:Maggie Briggs
  • Produced by:Maggie Briggs
  • Runtime:19 mins
  • Completion Date:January 30, 2020
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Category:International Live-Action
  • Selection:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Vimeo

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Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

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2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

Submission deadline for 2020 has now passed.


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