We invite you to submit your short film (5-10 minutes) and be part of an amazing new festival based in the heart of Hollywood. The Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short+Sweet Film Festival is open to all comers but most welcome are local film makers.

Let’s face it - attention spans are not getting any longer and this celebration of cinema, creativity and storytelling is a professional pathway for talented film makers, writers, actors, cinematographers and directors.

We know something about how it's done… The Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, CA offering extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Technique grew out of Stella Adler’s work with Stanislavski, the father of modern acting and 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, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, and many more.

If your film is chosen to be part of the first festival you’ll join a program that features local and international films that will be presented at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in July/August 2017. You’ll have the chance to win Awards and Prizes. Of course we'll make sure that the 'right' people are invited along and your work is seen to it's best advantage.

The Best Film (chosen by respected industry judges) and the People’s Choice Winner (chosen by the audience) will be selected to take part in the International Short+Sweet Film Festival Gala Final on August 24 at the beautiful and historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. That’s where the winning films from S+S Film Festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Manila, Dubai and Chennai will compete to take out the International Best Film Awards.

The festival is a proud member of the Short+Sweet family - the biggest 10 minute performing arts festival in the world - with events in 30+ cities across 12 countries. It’s been around for 20 years with the first S+S Theatre Festival in Sydney Australia in 2002 and to date have presented over 5,500 original new works in Theatre, Music and Dance. It might have started on the other side of the world in far off Australia but the global home of the S+S Film is now right here in Hollywood where it belongs.

Awards & Prizes

The winning films will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet International Film Festival Gala Final on August 24 at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

There are many other awesome prizes up for grabs including mentorships with working Hollywood industry professionals, producers and actors who are Alumni or on the Stella Adler LA Board.

There are also other local prizes to be won and awards including: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (F+M), & People's Choice.

In addition, by entering the Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short+Sweet Film Festival your film is eligible for selection in any of the other S+S Film Festivals around the world over the next 12 months - Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Dubai, Kolkata, Chennai, Canberra, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Wollongong, South Coast (NSW) and Wellington.

Rules & Terms

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.

No limits, other than your imagination.

3 Reviews

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    Stephen Poole

    Great experience, run by great people!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Stephen. Hope to see you again next year. Also don't forget we have other film festivals in Chennai, Dubai, Sydney, Manila and Melbourne with a bunch of others starting in the next year - Brisbane, Auckland, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi and Penang! If you enter a film into one of them you're eligible for them all! MC

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    Pavel Gumennikov

    I loved the festival. It was their first year but quality of films was very good. The cinema it was showing was packed. Amazing audience, great conversation after and great networking opportunities. Definitely submit next year!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pavel. Congratulations on your wonderful film. We certainly hope to see you back again next year. MC

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    Keith O'Grady

    I unfortunately couldn't attend this great festival! Very organised, and correspondence was quick and effective! A great team, and what looks like a great venue.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Keith. Hope you can make it in person next time. Cheers. MC