S+S_FilmFestivalUnique in the ever expanding world of Short+Sweet (currently encompassing performing arts festivals and events in nine countries and 25 cities – and growing all the time) Short+Sweet Film is the first ‘non-live’ festival in the franchise. And it’s set to take Australia – and then the world – by storm with the year!

In the 16 years since Short+Sweet was first established in Sydney, it’s presented over 5,000 new works in theatre, music and dance created by over 3,000 writers. Most of these are in the form of short plays but original stories can be told in many ways and so music and dance have become important elements of the story-telling.

With so many great stories to draw upon, the move to film was only natural, according to inaugural festival directors Ali Crew & Angela Blake – both film and theatre makers who cut their teeth on the Short+Sweet stage.

“It also perfectly coincides with the launch of the first ever Short+Sweet theatre program in the US – in the world epicentre of movies: Short+Sweet Hollywood this September 2016 at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard,” says Ali.

“Whether you have a play that you want to adapt into a screenplay or an original idea for a film, Short+Sweet Film Festival want you,” adds Angela.

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The festival is now calling for entries from anywhere in the world for its debut year, launching in Sydney and culminating in an international showcase Hollywood in September 2017. One submission gains entrants consideration for 11 festivals around Australia and internationally, including Brisbane, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Manila, Chennai, Dubai and Hollywood. Additional locations will come online in Year 2 of the film festival.

“There are no limits other than your imagination,” says Mark Cleary, founder and executive producer of Short+Sweet International. “There are no restrictions on subject material, how it is created, enhanced or edited. However, in keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition, all films must be 10 minutes or less.” The winning film will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival in September 2017 and there are many awesome prizes up for grabs.

Details at www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-film-festival. Entry fee is $20.

Cleary has also announced the appointment of new Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney festival director Wayne Tunks. In addition to a long association with Short+Sweet, Tunks is an actor, director, producer and award-winning playwright with theatre credits in Sydney and Melbourne including Everything I Learnt From Madonna, Silvertop Ash, The Bridesmaid Must Die!, Hell Hath No Fury, We’ll Always Have Wagga, Flame Trees and Unrequited. Wayne’s most successful play, The Subtle Art of Flirting, sold out its fifth season in 2015 and his debut novel, Electricity, will be released later this year.


Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney festival director Wayne Tunks

Founded in 2002 by Mark Cleary, Short+Sweet began as a small festival of 10-minute plays in Sydney, Australia. Since then, this unique brand has extended to multiple performance media: theatre, dance, cabaret, Bollywood, musicals, stand-up comedy and magic – all maintaining the single rule, that each performance must be 10 minutes or less. Short+Sweet has made a huge impact on the Australian theatre scene developing new, original work with emerging artists and providing a platform for established artists to showcase their talents. Seen all over Australia its burgeoning international reach includes festivals in the USA, India, Philippines, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.