No limits, other than your imagination.

The Short+Sweet Film Festival is back. It is unique in the ever expanding world of Short+Sweet (currently encompassing festivals and events in 11 countries and 30 cities, and growing all the time) and culminating in our Grand Finals Event to be held in Hollywood in late 2018.

Short+Sweet Founder Mark Cleary and Festival Director Greg Dolgopolov, have committed to delivering “a world class festival with an A-List Hollywood finale”.

According to Short+Sweet Sydney-based film festival director Greg Dolgopolov, the most important aspect of Short+Sweet is to bring local filmmakers together and in direct contact with their audiences. Dolgopolov directed Melbourne’s first Short+Sweet Film festival last year and noted the passionate discussions that continued between filmmakers, judges and audience members after each screening. “The shaping of networks for future projects… That connection is what Short+Sweet is so good at fostering.”

Heats start from Tuesday 6 March at 7:30 and go on every Tuesday culminating in the Gala Sydney Finals over the Easter weekend

The Short+Sweet Film Festival is unique for three distinct reasons:
1) For just one entry you are in consideration for our 10 international festivals, opening up your chances to have your screen filmed around the world throughout 2018.
2) We have a very strong international network and this network is constantly expanding.
3) We are unique in that we have a very strong connection to theatre. We do not believe the gap between theatre and film should be soo wide and we aim to bridge this gap. With our Best Adaptation Award and our close partnership with our sister theatre festival, we encourage theatre and film practitioners to be one and the same.
4) We screen all sorts of films and all sorts of genres and support all sorts of filmmakers from seasoned pros to emerging artists

The winning film will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival in August 2018 and there are many other awesome prizes up for grabs including mentorships with working Hollywood industry professional, producers and actors who are all on the Stella Adler Theater Board.

Awards include; Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Play to Film Adaptation, People's Choice, Best Actor & Best Actress.

In keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition, all films must be 10 minutes or less and can be shot and edited on any device.

You must have the permission to use any images, storylines, music etc. in your film.

There are no more limits other than your imagination.

Overall Rating
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    Michael Raso

    A marvellous film festival organised by a great group of people. Tremendous value having your film screened on the big screen at Dendy Cinemas, Newtown NSW. I thoroughly recommend any film maker to make their next film submission to the Short + Sweet Film Festival Sydney.

    April 2017
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    Vanessa Papastavros

    A great inaugural film fest with enough heats to showcase a wide selection of local and international films! A pleasure to be in the selection.

    March 2017
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    Annisa Belonogoff

    It was an fun Festival to be apart of. A really warm venue to show my short film "Reality Check" in. Thank you so much for selecting us. An extremely high quality of films in the competition from Australia and around the world. Well done guys, look forward to next year.

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind words and for submitting such a fantastic film. Don't forget Reality Check could be selected for other Short+Sweet Festivals this year including Manila, Chennai, Melbourne and Los Angeles!

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    Adrian Jeffs

    It was amazing to be apart of Short+Sweet.... seeing my film among 11 other fantastic films in front of a full house was a memorable moment that I won't forget...

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Adrian. The whole team appreciates your work and your involvement.

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    Nicholas Halls

    It was an honour playing among the caliber of film that was selected to screen in the heats and gala finals of this inaugural festival. It was run well; good sized theatres for the number of people in attendance, reasonable prices, good communication as to film selection/event details. My only hope is that for future festivals, there's an after party for the gala night to spend even more time networking.

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Nicholas. Thanks for your support. And of course that's an excellent idea. Don't forget this was the first film festival final that we've ever done so a few bells and whistles fell through the cracks. I'm sure we'll sort it out for the night round and thanks again for being involved.