Short+Sweet Film Festival has now arrived in the place where the mountains meet the sea. The Illawarra, located on the South Coast of NSW boasts an impressive theatre community with over a dozen active theatre companies and a large talent pool of actors, writers and directors. Short+Sweet Illawarra is proud to extend its festival to filmmakers in the region, providing a platform for their work to be seen alongside our Australian and international submissions.

The winning films, as voted by audience and judges will be given a special screening at our 2019 Short+Sweet Illawarra Gala Finals.

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 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 any screenings, live or virtual, but may 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 (including in unpaid public forums such as YouTube, Vimeo or similar).

6. A Film which has been publicly screened in the host city of any of S+S festival is still eligible for entry and consideration in any of our S+S festivals and cities.

7. All plays which have been adapted into films must have the permission of the playwright.

8. I understand copyright material cannot be used unless I have documentation to prove legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label.

9. I may also be required to provide Actor Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in your film.

10. I understand that Films in any language are eligible, but must be subtitled in English.

11. The festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience.

12. Submission deadline for Sydney S+S Film Festival is 11:59pm (AEST), August 12, 2019.

13. All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

14. 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.

15. No restrictions on the Device(s) used to record or create video and audio.

16. No restrictions on Software used to create, edit or enhance video and audio.

17. The festival is open to filmmakers of ALL ages and levels of experience.

18. The cost of entry to S+S Film is $20 (US). If you need another payment method or are having trouble with payment please contact us at

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Overall Rating
  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    Thanks for semi finalists very excellent festival have a nice days ;)

    November 2019
  • This is an awesome community festival encompassing all facets of the performing arts. We were honoured to have our short film shown as a finalist and to have the opportunity to attend the event. Thanks to Luke and his team for all their hard work.

    November 2019
  • It's a very pleasant experience, and it is very fair and professional. Hope to participate again!

    October 2019
  • Nick Bolton

    i have run film festivals before so i know how much work is involved by Luke and his team. thank you for creating this platform for the illawarra. personally winning this festival has opened so many doors and i will be forever grateful. recommended!

    October 2019
  • proud to be a part of this amazing festival . although I didnt attend but it was a great opportunity to screen my short COFFIN DECOLLETE

    October 2019