A 10-Year Retrospective with the Academy Award-Winning Breakwater Studios

We have been impatiently waiting to share this piece of news with all of YOU. SYSFF is EXCITED to announce we have partnered with Breakwater Studios this year!!

Founded in 2012 by Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur and Academy Award®-winning director Ben Proudfoot, Breakwater Studios has been a pioneer in the world of the short documentary, connecting with millions of people around the world through their humanist, high-craft films. The studio’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards®, The Emmys, The Peabody Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. They are generously sponsoring our documentary category winner with a $1000 cash prize!


In addition, we will be helping the studio celebrate 10 years of achievements with our Breakwater Studios Retrospective and Q&A on Sunday, August 21st at 5 pm, prior to the Awards Ceremony. Founder & CEO Ben Proudfoot will be joined by Whitney Skauge, VP, Development, and Marketing. We are honored to partner with Breakwater Studios and we can’t wait to share their introspection on the art of short documentaries


Salute Your Shorts Film Festival 2022 will take place August 19-21 at Assistance League Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets and passes will be available soon.