We have a very short attention span so we LOVE short films!

If you have an animation, narrative or documentary short under 30 minutes then we are looking for you.

The films are screened to a live audience that is just as hungry for your awesome filmmaking-ness and you are to make the films in the first place.

The Short and Sweet Film Festival will take place at the Geary Events Center in January just days before the Sundance Film Festival.

All winners receive a free trophy for each of the winning categories.

We're always at your disposal. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact our customer service (shortandsweetfilmfestival@gmail.com ).

Refund Policy: Because entries will have been processed and entered into the system, NO refunds will be granted.

To be eligible for the 2022 festival, entries must have been completed between January 31, 2020 and the deadline.

Projects from all over the world are eligible.

The short film category includes one episode of a series.

Award Announcements & Promotion
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Utah in January.

Translation (Required if not in English)
Productions not produced in the English language must have either subtitles or overdubbing in English (preferred).

Physical Media
If you are mailing us physical media such as a hard drive, or Blu-ray Disc and would like to have them returned after the festival, please provide the necessary packaging and pre-paid postage so we can slip it into the mail immediately following the conclusion of the festival. The festival will NOT return physical media at the festivals cost.

Award statues are available for FREE to all winners. The statues may be picked up in person at the award ceremony or after the festival in our Vineyard office. Statues may be mailed to the winners if the winners choose to pay for the postage and packaging. Winners are also responsible for paying all customs fees if shipped internationally.

All official selections will be screened during the festival. These blocks are at the full discretion of the festival. Films not received by the request deadline via email will not be screened during the festival.

When submitting your credits, be aware that if your entry is a winner, the name of the category, and title of the entry will appear on the award which is given to each winning entry. We also include the year of the competition. Finalists, when notified, will be given the opportunity to update and correct credits. However, if no corrections are made, credits listed during the entry process will be considered the credits of record.

Disposition of Entry / Errors & Omissions
Promotional materials submitted may be displayed or shown, for educational and/or promotional purposes as Short and Sweet Film Festival deems appropriate. By entering, the entrant agrees to hold Short and Sweet Film Festival and any of its affiliated companies exempt from any costs or expenses of any claim arising out of any such use. Short and Sweet Film Festival will never sell entries nor make entries available for public viewing.
Short and Sweet Film Festival assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information.

By submitting to the festival you agree to have your film screened during the festival in person or online. If you would like to only have your film screened in person you must notify us 48 hours after receiving acceptance to the festival. Your submission will then only be available for a live screening (if possible) and not screened online.

Overall Rating
  • Krystle Ferdinand

    Short and Sweet Festival had so many personal touches and did a great job getting to know their filmmakers even with the festival being virtual this year. Our short “Engaged to be Engaged” received great exposure through the filmmaker interviews, film reviews and winning Best Short Film with a budget under $5000. Can’t wait to come to Utah and attend the festival next year in person.

    February 2021
  • Thank you very much for having “Oregon’s Water Colors” participate in Short & Sweet Festival, what a thrill! As an artist all I can think is I’m so happy when somebody will see the film and experience the natural beauty of Oregon. Thank you for honoring our film as a selection. The part where people might get a few minute quarantine break and watch some of Oregon's Nature & Steelhead Fishing in SoCal & beyond is pretty cool for this artist. We are simply #VeryGrateful. Special Thanks for the effort Warren made to make the Awards Ceremony happen (That was Fun!) And Film in Utah interview was first class & fun too! Grateful for a very nice film review too. We can’t wait to come “sign the wall” in 2022! Thanks again, Stay safe, be safe, with thanks and gratitude, John.

    February 2021
  • Absolutely thrilled that my short comedy script "The Pink Pig" won the Best Screenplay Award for the 2021 Short and Sweet Film Festival!!! Thank you to all the organisers behind the scenes as well as fellow writers whose entries made the contest possible during such a disrupted year. Very much appreciated!

    January 2021
  • Jason White

    It's a bummer that this is the year of the virtual festival. That being said, Short and Sweet was great fun! What I loved most about it was the welcoming aspect and the fact that Warren took the time to interview all of the participating filmmakers (who could and wanted to) in advance of the festival and allowed us to use the video to promote it. It didn't hurt that my film won Best Score either. Overall, a fun experience!

    January 2021
  • I’m honored to have won “Best Actress” for my short film, “Don’t Make it Awkward” in the Short and Sweet Film Festival! This is a professionally ran festival with excellent and timely communication. I highly recommend entering if you have a quality project.

    January 2021