Short+Sweet Winners of Abu Dhabi Theatre 2018

SHORT+SWEET Abu Dhabi 2018 Winner’s List




To the best production as voted by the Audience

WINNER: Mayan Calendar Boys

RUNNER UP: All Aboard!

THIRD: Cellphone Zombies / Status Update


BEST MALE ACTOR Craig Kelly (Mayan Calendar Boys)

RUNNER-UP Hurr Al-Dalli (Electric Lamentations: Men Without WiFi))


Register for Short+Sweet Voices Dubai

Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for Short+Sweet Voices Dubai from April 12-14, 2018 hosted by The Junction.


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Participants in Short+Sweet do so on a voluntary basis. Artists selected for Short+Sweet are not entitled to payment or re-numeration of any kind although they may be eligible for various prizes.

Comp tickets for Artists

Complete this form to book complimentary tickets for Short+Sweet Sydney 2018.

Please read this info carefully before completing the form

Short+Sweet artists are entitled to comp tickets to their performance week. They cannot be interchanged with other weeks/weekends. They must also be booked for one show only.

Please use title case for your play and Capitalise The First Letter Of EVERY Word. Eg "In The End I Thought I Was Still Right."
Select up to the maximum number of tickets you're entitled to: Actors=1, Writers=2, Directors=2, Writer-Directors=3. (Actor-Directors and Actor-Writers are entitled to 2 tickets)
Please select your play's performance dates. Be careful to select "Wildcards" or "Top 80" appropriately or your comp ticket will NOT be booked.
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Short+Sweet Film Sydney 2018

The Short+Sweet Film Festival in Sydney is back for its second season bigger than ever! After screenings all over the world culminating in a triumphant Hollywood Gala Finals in 2017, the international competition is heating up again.  

Short films are hot right now and there is a fantastic selection of different genres, different styles and different ideas from local and international filmmakers. In keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition, all films must be 10 minutes or less and can be shot and edited on any device. There are no more limits other than your imagination. The winning film will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival in September 2018.

According to Short+Sweet Sydney-based film festival director Greg Dolgopolov, the most important aspect of Short+Sweet is to bring local filmmakers together and in direct contact with their audiences. “Having just travelled to a series of film festivals in Europe and Australia where the genre is burgeoning, I was knocked out by new forms and remarkable originality that really engaged audiences,” Dolgopolov said. “There is a real appetite for short films at the moment and, with the calibre of new short films submitted to our festival, it will be an exciting four weeks of heats leading up to the finals”.  Dolgopolov directed Melbourne’s first Short+Sweet Film festival last year and noted the passionate discussions that continued between filmmakers, judges and audience members after each screening. “The shaping of networks for future projects…” he added. “That connection is what Short+Sweet is so good at fostering.” And there’s more on offer for ambitious film-makers: last year some of the films that premiered in Sydney went on to great success in the Hollywood finals.

Heats start from Tuesday 6 March at 7:30 and go on every Tuesday. Culminating in the Gala Sydney Finals over the Easter weekend. To purchase tickets and for more info see here:

Whether you have a play that you want to adapt into a screenplay or an original idea for a film, Short+Sweet Film Festival remains open for entries. Find out how to enter here:

Background to Short+Sweet Founded in 2002 by Mark Cleary, Short+Sweet began as a small festival of 10-minute plays in Sydney, Australia. Since this time, this unique brand has extended to multiple performance mediums; from theatre to dance, cabaret to Bollywood, musicals to stand-up comedy; all maintaining the single rule, being 10 minutes or less. Short+Sweet has made a huge impact on the Australian theatre scene through developing new, original work with emerging artists and providing a platform for established artists to showcase their talents. The expansion of Short+Sweet within Australia has also taken short-form theatre internationally, with ever increasing popularity and ever increasing festivals. Short+Sweet is currently active across the USA, Australia, India, Philippines, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates, with growth planned for additional cities in these countries, as well as across the UK and Europe. 

Writer and ITC Submission Open

Submissions are now open for local community and independent theatre companies to submit a script, including director and actors to be considered for the inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra season in October.

You don't need to be an established theatre group to submit an ITC entry, even a loose collection of creatives is fine by us. All we ask is that your play is no more than ten minutes in duration. We require at the very minimum an actor and a writer. You may include your cast or select your actors from the Short+Sweet Illawarra open auditions.

Independent Theatre Companies (ITC) Submissions

Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Illawarra 2018! 

Submitting as an Independent Theatre Company entry into Short+Sweet Illawarra gives a group of local artists the chance to submit not only a script for consideration, but be able to work with their own creative team. 

An ITC entry must at the very least have both a director, and a script or detailed play concept. ITC's can choose to work with the actors of thier choosing, or cast from the Short+Sweet Illawarra open auditions. 

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Register as an actor for Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018

Thank you for your interest in registering as an actor for Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018!

Short+Sweet is the biggest little festival in the world, and in Canberra over 100 performing artists get involved every year. Short+Sweet is an inclusive festival, welcoming people of all ages, races, genders and abilities.

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Transgender people are invited to check the box or boxes of genders they are happy to play on stage.
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Please indicate all audition slots you are available for. You will be advised by email which slot you've been booked into.
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It is not essential that you have a showreel, but it can be particularly helpful, especially if you can't make it to the auditions.


Any entries received will be considered for the following Short+Sweet Theatre festivals in 2018 (and 2019):

S+S Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Coast, KL, Penang, Chennai, Los Angeles, Auckland, Wellington, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Canberra, Melbourne (TBC), Manila, Sydney (2019) + more as they are confirmed!*

For the one entry fee of AU$20, your script will be considered for all of the above festivals. Some of the highest-rated entries from previous years were performed four or more times.

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Program Information Form for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2018

Hi S+S Directors,

Fill out the details below so we can add your information to the weekly programme. This also allows us to obtain critical contact details for your cast, which our production team needs to have on hand.

Complete this form no later than 2 weeks before your first performance date. If you don't complete this form in time, we cannot guarantee your information will be included in the program.

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Please do not use quotation marks or include anything other than the character's name.
List all other contributors who will be featured on stage, e.g. Paul Smith Composer, Sue Sampson Violinist
Feel free to share other information about your production but note that there is limited space on the programme and we may not include this info.


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