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:Programme 20
  • Screening Time / Venue:Sat AUG 15
    10AM - 10PM ONLINE
  • Irish Premiere
  • Links: Vimeo

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call of the forest screening

Call of the Forest Screening

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 07 December, 2020

Still Voices Presents a Special Screening of Call of the Forest in partnership with Whose Woods These Are Tree Festival.

2020 award winners

Submissions for Still Voices 21 Now Open

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 October, 2020

Submissions for the Still Voices Short Film Festival 2021 are now open!

2020 award winners

2020 Award Winners Announced!

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 16 August, 2020

Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Award Winners Announced!


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