Short+Sweet Comedy Dubai 2018

Short+Sweet Comedy Festival 2018

Following on from a successful debut in 2017 breaking all prior records in the Middle East, the second Short+Sweet Comedy Festival will be held at the home of Short+Sweet in Dubai, The Junction. Bigger & Better than ever before. The Region's Largest Comedy Festival that kickstarted many a comedy careers is back with a bang. The funniest battle you will ever see on stage!

All comics are welcome irrespective of their nationalities. There are separate heats for regional language comics - Arabic, Hindi & Urdu - so you are welcome to enter no matter what language you speak. Also comics may perform in two different languages if you're game. So what are you waiting for.....?

First Timers are more than welcome. Looking for a new way to disappoint your parents? Try your hand at Comedy. 

Registrations: To register for the Festival just click HERE.

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FESTIVAL TIMELINE:
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1) "Get Wit it" Comedy Workshop for Participating Comedians by seasoned comedian Adnan Nalwala
(First 30 Registrations get a 15% Discount to the workshop.)
Adnan Nalwala - one of the most energetic and entertaining stand up comedian in the Indian comedy circuit for a unique workshop on comedy! Adnan has a wide experience in performing comedy shows in India, Middle East & USA. He has performed alongside Vir Das to an audience of 1200 people. He has performed in over 300 shows internationally. Adnan will share tools and techniques on how to improve your delivery on stage. You will learn how to make your own thoughts and stories hilarious and thus become the star of a party. 
Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm, 
Date: Fri, 26th Oct 2018

2) The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Participating Comedians 
(First 30 Registrations / 8 Teams):
RushAWay & Gargash in association with Comic On Nights Presents The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Comedians. Contesting teams of 4 members will drive around the city in a Mercedes-Benz, tackling 7 unique challenges. In their endeavor, teams will test their mental and physical fitness, quick thinking and camaraderie, all while having a blast! 100 teams will compete to conquer 7 challenges in style, to win the grand prize a - Mercedes-Benz - SUV! First 30 people to register to the Short & Sweet Comedy Festival get a direct spot in the Mercedes-Benz Challenge as 8 teams. T&C's Apply.
Date: Fri, 2nd Nov 2018
Winning Prize. Mercedes-Benz SUV.

3) Portfolio Photoshoot for Participating Comedians 
(First 30 Registrations):
The Black Canvas in association with Comic On Nights give the first 30 people to register to the Short & Sweet Comedy Festival 2018 an all expense paid professional portfolio photo shoot. 
Date: TBA

4) Preliminary Rounds - Regional Category (Arabic/Hindi/Urdu):
8:00pm Onwards, Wed 7th Nov 2018
First Half Arabic 
Second Half Hindi/Urdu

5) Preliminary Rounds - International Category (English):
8:00pm Onwards, Thu 8th Nov 2018
2:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018
4:00pm Onwards, Sat 10th Nov 2018

6) Special Shows:
4:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018
8:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018

7) Gala Finale - International Category: 
8:00pm Onwards, Saturday 10th Nov 2018

Venue: 
The Junction Theatre, Unit H72, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. 
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/8ASdkTS1XXn
Directions: http://www.thejunctiondubai.com/contact 
Phone: +971 4 3388 525

Tickets: www.platinumlist.net
(Please Note: Only participants performing in a specific session receive free entry to that session. Everyone else must purchase a ticket.)

Judges:
15+ Anonymous Judges from various creative fields. Each a star in their respective fields will be judging the comedians based on their writing, originality, performance, style etc. 

Plus an International Comedian will be judging the Gala Finale.

Festival Director:
Pawan Manghnani

Registrations:  To register for the Festival just click HERE.
(Link goes live at 12:00 Noon, 15th Oct 2018)

Rules: 
All content must be original.
Local laws & sensitivities must be respected.
Each comedian will get only 1 slot (in up to two languages) in the preliminary round.
Only Comedians participating in the Preliminary Rounds - Regional Category will get another slot to perform in the Preliminary Rounds - International Category if they wish to perform twice.
Acts could be Stand-Up, Improv', Sketch, Play, Poetry, Musical, Parody, 2 Person or Group Act, but has to be from the Comedy Genre Only. 
First Timer: Min 2 Minutes & Max 3 Mins Set each.
Regular Comics: Min 4 Minutes & Max 5 Minutes each
18 finalists to be chosen from the preliminary rounds.
Finalists can repeat the same set for the finale or do a completely different act.
Rules & Regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
The Venue & Organizers reserve their rights as final say in case of any dispute or cheating on part of the performer(s).
Judges Choice(s) will be final.

Categories for Winners:
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - Regional Category
Judge's Choice 1st Runner Up - Regional Category
Judge's Choice 2nd Runner Up - Regional Category
People's Choice Overall Winner - Regional Category
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - International Category
Judge's Choice 1st Runner Up - International Category
Judge's Choice 2nd Runner Up - International Category
People's Choice Overall Winner - International Category
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - Non-StandUp Category
Best Joke of the Night. (For each preliminary round)
Best Joke of the Night (For Gala Finale)
Special Prizes for all Finalists.
Special Prizes for all Winners.

RSVP to the event page for regular updates: http://tiny.cc/ShortSweetComedyFest

If you are interested to sponsor the event, email the festival director pawan.manghnani@gmail.com & comiconnights@gmail.com to get more details on how to get on board!

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#NoPoliticsWithComedy
#StandupForStandup

For more information contact the Festival Director Pawan Manghnani on +971 55 540 6936 or email Pawan.Manghnani@Gmail.com

Preview: Week 1 Short+Sweet Illawarra 2018

WEEK 1 | SHORT+SWEET THEATRE ILLAWARRA 2018

4th to 7th October 2018
at the Harbour Theatre - home of the Roo Theatre Company
Addison Street Shellarbour Village

Performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm + Sunday at 5:30pm

Short+Sweet – the world’s largest little play festival – launches in the Illawarra for the very first time in 2018 which will produce twenty short plays over two weeks in Shellharbour and Wollongong.

Comp Ticket Booking Form - Week 2 2018

 

ARTIST COMPLIMENTARY TICKET FORM - WEEK 2
Writers and Directors

Writers and Directors are entitled to two complimentary tickets - one for themselves (not transferrable) and another for a guest. Ideally these will be for the same show, however if you can't organise your guest to come to the same show as you, you'll need to submit this form twice.

Comp Ticket Booking Form - Week 1 2018

 

ARTIST COMPLIMENTARY TICKET FORM
Writers and Directors

Writers and Directors are entitled to two complimentary tickets - one for themselves (not transferrable) and another for a guest. Ideally these will be for the same show, however if you can't organise your guest to come to the same show as you, you'll need to submit this form twice.

Short+Sweet Theatre Semi Finalists Announced!

Welcome to Short+Sweet Hollywood 2019!

Congratulations to all the successful writers, directors and performers who have been selected to particpate in this year's Short+Sweet Hollywood! In our theatre programs this year we have divided each strand in to groups named after iconic Hollywood stars. Our Open English Language Theatre program is represented by Charlie Chaplin, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis and Cary Grant. Our Latino Theatre section is represented by iconic Latino artists Ricardo Montalban, Rita Moreno, Anthony Quinn and Delores Del Rio. Our LGBTQ+ Live! Program is represented by Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich. 

Search for the plays that you wanrt to see under their group name and then buy a ticket to the group session - or buy a festival pass and go and see them all!

CHECK THE NEWS TABS BELOW FOR THE FULL THEATRE AND FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM;

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE HERE!

 

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL SUBMISSIONS AND REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO THE THEATRE TO ENJOY THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT'S WORK!

Short+Sweet - the biggest little festival in the world, returns to the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood, from September 24 - October 28, 2019!

This year's categories are Theatre, Latino Theatre, Film - English/Latino/LGBT and more and LGBTQ Live! Please join us for regular events in the Actor's lounge, like and follow us on social media and stay tuned to this page for more announcements. In the meantime, submissions are open for plays here, you can submit  your script or proposal for your LGBTQ Live short work here and you can find out more about the Short+Sweet Film Festival by visiting our film festival page here!

ATTENTION DIRECTORS!
Registrations for Short+Sweet festivals are open every year to returning, established and first-time directors; open to anyone who is interested in having a go. With no experience necessary, this could be your foot into the arts industry, gaining experience, confidence, and understanding of the performing arts. Directors are able to choose from all shortlisted scripts for their local festival, and are encouraged to communicate with their Writers throughout the process. 

To apply to direct a play for Short+Sweet and Short+Sweet LATINO Hollywood, please email Festival Director, Nick Hardcastle (nick.hardcastle@shortandsweet.org ) with an outline of your theatre and/or directing experience, a CV where possible and your request for a spot in either our English language or Latino program. Successful directors will be notified by July 22 and will be sent plays from our shortlist. They must then return to us with their top three preferences by August 2. The highest preference will be allocated wherever possible.

Directors cannot act in their own play unless it’s part of an ITC (Independent Theatre Company). Directors are allowed to direct a maximum of one play in Short+Sweet, unless otherwise granted permission by the Festival Director.

 

ATTENTION ACTORS

Actors wishing to audition can prepare a 2 minute monolgue and attend our open audtions at the Lee Strasburg Institue on Saturday August 10 for Spanish speaking actors and Sunday August 11 for English speaking actors from 9am to 6pm. You can register here - and more information is in the news tab below.

We also have some amazing opportunities for partnership and sponsorship. So, if you and your organisation would like to get involved then please let us know - we'd love to hear from you!

On behalf of my artistic team, we look forward to welcoming writers, directors and performers to share their talents with us, as well as our audience, to experience these stories and a festival like no other!

Hooray for Hollywood!

Nick Hardcastle.

Festival Director

Short+Sweet Hollywood 

nick.hardcastle@shortandsweet.org

 

Register now for Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2019

Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for our upcoming Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Dubai, to be hosted at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

 

including country/area codes
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PLEASE CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE!
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.

Register for Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai 2018

Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai on October 5 & 6, 2018 hosted by The Junction.

 

including country/area codes
Hold down the CTRL key to select multiple options
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.

Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai 2018

Short+Sweet Dubai is an amazing year long programme of festivals to be held at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

SHORT+SWEET POETRY

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Dhruti Shah D'souza

Following on from a successful debut in 2017, the second Short+Sweet Poetry Festival will be held at the home of Short+Sweet in Dubai, The Junction in Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz, on October 5th and 6th, 2018.

The registration link is now closed. For any late registrations please contact Prachiti Talathi on +971 55 959 2864 or email prachititalathi@gmail.com 

Rules of the Festival

+ Entry to the Festival is FREE. All poets are welcome. Entry is open to all poets 12 years and above.

+ Poems presented at the festival must be the work of the poet/s presenting the poem. Poems authored by co-authors are welcome.

+ Poems may be presented in any style - read, recited, enacted, sung, performed, danced, dramatised - as long as they are presented by the poet/s. Performance poetry is welcome.

+ A microphone, lectern and chair will be provided if required. No lighting changes are allowed during the presentation but background music or live musical accompaniment is allowed. Poets are also welcome to bring along their own props and/or costumes if desired.

+ The poet may present any number of poems but their total stage time must not exceed 5 minutes. The time limit is strictly applied and those who go over 5 minutes are disqualified.

+ Poems may be presented in either Arabic, English, Hindi or Urdu.

+ Poems must not have been presented at Short+Sweet Poetry Dubai previously.

+ Each heat will have between ten to twenty poets presenting.

+ A designated number of poets will be selected from each heat by audience and judge’s voting to take place in the Gala Finals of Short+Sweet Poetry. The Festival Director (Dhruti Shah D'souza) may also chose to add additional finalist as the Festival Director’s choice.

+ The following awards will be presented to the winners at the end of the Gala Finals: Best Poet English, Best Poet Arabic, Best Poet Hindi, Best Poet Urdu, Best Poet - Audience’s Choice, Best Poem, Best Poetry Performance, Festival Director's Choice (optional) - in all three categories.

For more information contact Prachiti Talathi on +971 55 959 2864 or email prachititalathi@gmail.com 

ITC Registration for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2019

Thank you for your interest in submitting an independent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2019!

please provide your mobile number
If any of the leaders of this production are under 18, please note that here. We need to know this to ensure compliance with the Working With Vulnerable People (background checking) Act 2011.
Please list your actors' names and email addresses.
Note that scripts which have been performed in Sydney are NOT ELIGIBLE for the competition. Please do not submit a play which has already been performed in Sydney as we will not be able to consider it for the festival.
Tell us about your ITC.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.
Describe what you plan to put on stage. You may also submit a script.
You may upload a script or a video of your performance.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf docx avi mov mp3 wav.

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