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) in that it’s the only 'non-live’ festival we present.

In the 17 years since Short+Sweet was first established in Sydney we’ve presented over 5,500 new works in theatre, music and dance created by over 3,100 writers. Most of these are in the form of short plays but original stories can be told in many ways and so music and dance have become important elements of the story-telling.

With so many great stories to draw upon the move to Film was only natural and perfectly coincides with the launch of the first ever Short+Sweet program in the US - Short+Sweet Hollywood (September at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Blvd). Whether you have a play that you want to adapt into a screenplay or an original idea for a film, Short+Sweet Film Festival is now calling for entries for our inaugural year. Launching in Sydney 2017 and followed by 9 other cities including Brisbane, Melbourne, Mexico, 3 cities in India and Los Angeles with others to be announced over the following months. We also have an online festival and all our cities and online festivals culminate in our Grand Finals Event to be held in Hollywood in late 2017.

Stella Adler Executive Director John Jack Rogers, Short+Sweet Founder Mark Cleary and Festival Directors, Angela Blake & Ali Crew, have committed to delivering “a world class festival with an A-List Hollywood finale”.

“Over the next year we’ll present Short+Sweet Film Festivals in Australia, India, SE Asia and the Middle East with the winning films to be presented in LA,” Cleary said.

The Stella Adler board includes Hollywood heavyweights such as Mark Ruffallo, Brad Fisher and Benicio del Toro.

According to Sydney based Festival Directors Ali Crew and Angela Blake the partnership will provide great outcomes for local and international film-makers.

“Film festival entrants will have inside access to the LA film industry with the winning films assessed and awarded by the Hollywood A-listers,” Ali said.

According to Angela, “Prizes for the winning filmmakers will include mentorships with members of the Stella Adler alumni. Filmmaking tips from people like Mark Ruffallo and Brad Fisher is a prize that money can't buy!”

Stella Adler’s technique has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross and many more.

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 2017.
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.

Awards & Prizes

The winning film will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival in late 2017 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.

Other prizes include: a $1000 gear hire voucher from RENTaCAM, photography packages from Amelia Dowd and Maryna Rothe, premium photo editing subscriptions from Ribbet, artist representation from Bold Artist Management and rehearsal rooms from World Bar in Sydney. Many more in different cities will announced closer to individual city screenings.

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

Rules & Terms

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.

6 Reviews

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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.