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

If you have an animation, narrative or documentary short under 40 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 2021 festival, entries must have been completed between January 31, 2019 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 email us 1 week prior to the festival to notify us of your choice. Your submission will then only be available for a live screening (if possible) and not screened online.

Overall Rating
  • I was humbled to be selected for an award at the Short & Sweet Film Festival! It was remarkable to experience such a well run event at such a perfect venue. I hope it is only the beginning of the collaboration between the Sweet & Short Film Festival and the University for hosting the festival for many years to come.

    February 2020
  • The Short and Sweet Festival is great. They communicate quickly and are very attentive. I highly recommend this festival. I could not attend but very friendly. I am glad to have my movie at the festival.

    January 2020
  • Xiao Tarr

    A small, but very well organized film festival. Was my first time to submit a short script and to attend. Festival organizers communication was timely and very responsive. Absolutely loved the venue (Geary Events Center, Utah State University Eastern, Price, Utah) and enjoyed the whole experience of participating.

    January 2020
  • Kati Ann

    Great event. Well run by the organizers and particular care to detail in providing a fun and meaningful experience for the filmmakers themselves. Will be attending again in the future!

    January 2020
  • Tyler A Chase

    The Short and Sweet Festival was great to work with. They communicate quickly and are very attentive. We highly recommend this festival.

    April 2019