Making the world a more creative place, ten minutes at a time.

Short+Sweet Film Festival Essex, showcasing Essex and international film makers.
Essex, located in the south of England, boasts an impressive theatre community with several hundred active theatre companies and a large talent pool of actors, writers and directors. Short+Sweet Essex is proud to extend its festival to filmmakers in the region, providing a platform for their work to be seen alongside the international submissions.
The Short+Sweet Film Festival is unique for four distinct reasons:

1) Your film could be considered for any of our international festivals, opening up your chances to have your film screened around the world.

2) We have a very strong international network and this network is constantly expanding. Currently the Short+Sweet festival is run in 33 cities around the world.

3) We have a very strong connection to theatre. We do not believe the gap between theatre and film should be so wide and we aim to bridge this gap.

4) We screen all sorts of films and all sorts of genres and support all sorts of filmmakers from seasoned pros to emerging artists

The Short+Sweet Essex Film festival 2022 final has now been screened. Out of 95 entries we had 17 finalists and each one was of a very high standard. Votes were cast by industry judges and the audience members. It was a tight race and they had a tough time choosing, however we have our winners:

Best film UK
Judges Choice: Through the Larkin Glass
Peoples choice: The Chain
Best Script: Backseat Driver - Jake Balfour-Lynn & David Wayman
Best Director: Michelle Devadas - The Chain
Best performance: Lily Streames - Via [DOLO]
Best Cinematography: Via [DOLO]
Best Ensemble: Archie Clark & Ray Clark - Terminus
Festival Directors award: The Witch Hunters are coming

International winners
Judges Choice: If I Quit Now
Peoples choice: The Boy and the Mountain - Santiago Aguilera, Gabriel Monreal - Chile
Best Script: The Boy and the Mountain - Pablo Aguirre, Santiago Aguilera, Kylie Trupp & Gabriel Monreal
Best Director: Loren Escandon - Los Patines
Best performance: Lariah Lomax - Los Pantines
Best Cinematography: Los Patines - Loren Escandon

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 permission to use any images, storylines, music, etc. in your film.
Please ensure films that are not in English have English subtitles.

There are no more limits other than your imagination.

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 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 Short+Sweet 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 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 Essex S+S Film Festival is 11:59 pm (GMT), July 24, 2022.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Loren Escandon

    This festival, indeed, is Sweet, extremely well organized, and the communication was superb. As I am in LA, I did not have the opportunity to participate in person, but I sent a few friends to the screening who loved the experience. Besides, our project Los Patines was honored to receive a few awards. Forever grateful. Can't wait to submit more projects in the future.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Loren,
    Thank you for your lovely review and support for our Film festival. Los Patines was a well deserved award winner and scored highly with all our judges. We look for ward to seeing your future projects. Kind regards Hazel

  • Helen Grady

    We had a lovely evening and we were delighted to receive the award for best production for "Through the Larkin Glass". I hope the festival goes from strength to strength.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Helen ,
    Thank you for your lovely review and support for our Film festival. It was great to see you at the Gala final and to be able to award you the trophy in person. Through the Larkin Glass was an excellent film and I hope you consider our festival for any future projects. Kind regards Hazel

  • James Atkins

    I attended this great festival, where the films were excellent and the event was really well put together.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear James ,
    Thank you for your nice review and support for our Film festival. Your film, The Witch Hunters are Coming, made us laugh a lot and I am so pleased you were all able to come along to the Gala final screening. I hope you will consider our festival for any future projects. Kind regards Hazel

  • Very nicely communicated festival. Thank you very much for selecting my film 🙏

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for you kind review. It was a pleasure viewing all your films. We particularly liked how varied they all were. I do hope you will consider our festival again for future projects. Kind regards Hazel

  • Joe Dearman

    Well organised and communications through out - recommended.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Joe,
    Thank you for your lovely review and support for our Film festival. Your film, To Raise Her Spirits, was a favourite for many of our judges. I do hope you will consider our festival for your future projects. Kind regards Hazel