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 2019.

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, Dr 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 in 2017 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 27 August at 7:30 culminating in the Gala Sydney Finals

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 2019.
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 October 2019 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
  • Rafia Oraidi

    We were delighted to have our film selected by Short+Sweet Film Festival Sydney, however unfortunately our enquiries on screening dates were not answered, hence we could not announce it on our social platforms.

    August 2018
  • David Gilbank

    Great event! Highly recommended for film makers.

    April 2018
  • Nicholas Hiatt

    No matter your level Short + Sweet is a wonderful platform for getting your film out there and noticed. They hosted the Australian Premiere of our film "The Mistress Of The Forest" and Fest director Gregory Dolgopolov was supportive and communicative throughout the entire event. There was a great mix of local and international films with a fun and relaxed vibe at the screenings. We managed to progress to the finals and will now go on to screen in LA at S+S Hollywood. Certainly recommend for any filmmakers established or starting out.

    April 2018
  • 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
  • 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