The Short+Sweet Film Festival Sydney is back! Showcasing the best local and international short films.

No limits, other than your imagination.

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. Since directing Melbourne’s first Short+Sweet Film festival in 2017 Greg 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 on 7 and 8th of August, 2021 with film screenings beginning at 7:00pm at the wonderfully refurbished Tom Mann Theatre in the heart of Sydney.

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 soooo 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 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 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.
In keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition, all films must be 10 minutes or less (not including title) and can be shot and edited on any device.

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

The only other limit - is your imagination!

By entering your film to S+S you are agreeing to the following:

1.The running time of my Film is 10 minutes or less. Films longer than 10 minutes (10m59s) will not be considered and and the entry fee forfeited.
2. I am the creator of the Film and I give permission for the Film to be presented at any Short+Sweet (S+S) festival or event for which it is eligible. If I am not the (sole) creator of the film I warrant that I have obtained all necessary permissions of writers, originators or contributors.
3. Should my film be selected for a S+S Festival or event I understand I will receive no royalties or other payment for those screenings, live or virtual, but will be eligible for prizes and professional development opportunities.
4. I understand that my Film will be assessed by a selection committee and that no communication will be entered into by S+S regarding this process. The selection decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. I give S+S the right to screen/record/photograph my Film for archival, marketing and publicity purposes (inlcuding in unpaid public forums such as YouTube, Vimeo or similar).
6. I understand copyright material cannot be used unless I have documentation to prove legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label.
7. I may also be required to provide Actor Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in your film.
8. I understand that Films in any language are eligible, but must be subtitled in English.
9. The festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience.
10. All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
12. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
13. I understand that if my Film is selected as a finalist I will be required to provide S+S with the highest quality recording of the Film so that it can be screened.

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No restrictions on the Device(s) used to record or create video and audio.
No restrictions on Software used to create, edit or enhance video and audio.
Films in any language are welcome, but must be subtitled in English.
The festival is open to filmmakers of ALL ages and levels of experience.
The cost of entry to S+S Film is $20 / $25.

Overall Rating
  • Rene Smaal

    Thanks a lot Greg, for selecting our short at your wonderful festival!

    September 2019
  • Tim OConnor

    Thanks Greg for your amazing support of the local film industry. It was a pleasure to screen my film amongst an enthusiastic and film loving community. Great effort and highly recommended.

    September 2019
  • Ren Thackham

    Seriously one of the most fun festivals we've been to in Sydney, it's just a great night out - the quality of films is awesome and the format is really cool. Highly recommend.

    September 2019
  • Paul Dawkins

    Wonderful festival. Our film was lucky enough to take our first place from the judges at the final, and it was a truly brilliant night all round. Great team, friendly atmosphere, and the selection of films was top shelf. Recommended!

    September 2019
  • Short+Sweet is an amazing film festival! It was well organised, had some really high quality films and was very inspiring for young filmmakers. Worth submitting your films. Was hoping for slightly more networking opportunities than a 15 minute intermission, maybe something to consider for years to come.

    September 2019