Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2018

The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its 17th year in Sydney! We featured 130 plays across 8 massive weeks, with 2 exciting new programmes every week!

Our FINALS SERIES is showing now!

Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills

Just a 3 minute walk from Central Station!

People’s Choice Showcase
People’s Choice Showcase: Tue 27 Mar - Wed 28 Mar @ 7:30pm

Crew Cut (S+S staff picks)
Crew Cut: Thu 29 Mar - Fri 30 Mar @ 7:30pm

Wildcards Finals
Wildcards Finals: Sat 31 Mar @ 3:30pm, Sun 1 Apr @ 2:30pm

Gala Final and Awards
Thu 5 Apr: Gala Finals Performance 1 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 6 Apr: Gala Finals Performance 2 @ 7:30 pm
Sat 7 Apr: Gala Finals Performance 3 (+ Announcements) @ 7:30 pm

FINALS SERIES now on sale! Come and see the winners of our People's Choice, Judges' Choice and S+S Staff votes:

Short+Sweet Dubai

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

Here is our exciting schedule of Festivals for 2017-18

Short+Sweet Dubai Schedule 2017-2018


Sept 22-23           Short+Sweet Poetry

Nov 2-11              Short+Sweet Dance

Dec 14-16            Short+Sweet Comedy


Jan 25 – March 3  Short+Sweet Theatre

March 8-10         Short+Sweet Film

April 12-14           Short+Sweet Voices

May 10-12           Short+Sweet Bollywood

To register for any or all of the Festivals above please click here 

Register for Short+Sweet Dubai

Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for our upcoming festivals in Dubai, 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.


Script Submissions Open

Short+Sweet Illawarra is currently taking scripts for its inaugural season of ten-minute theatre on NSW's South Coast. Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch with a Top 20 season over two weeks in October this year. 

Writers from Illawarra and South coast are encouraged to submit, as we are looking to have strong local representation amongst the highest rated script entries from around the world. 

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In the place where the mountains meet the sea, Short+Sweet Illawarra launches its inaugural season of ten-minute plays with a top 20 season at two venues in the Wollongong region in 2018. The Illawarra is an untapped theatre heartland, boasting hundreds of actors, writers and directors. The Illawarra supports a vibrant community theatre scene second to none in regional Australia.

With a focus on regional artist development, Short+Sweet will look at providing a pathway for regional emerging artists to have their work seen by the wider theatre community, as well as contribute to the region’s diversity in its performing arts community.

Script submissions are open, to submit your script click on the Script Submissions link above. You can also submit as an Independent Theatre Company, meaning you can submit not only a script - but you can choose your own creative team including director and actors!


2018 Performance Season - Top 20

4 - 7 October
Week 1 
of Short+Sweet Illawarra will launch at the Harbour Theatre, Shellharbour - home of the Roo Theatre Company. 

18 - 21 October
Week 2
will be performed at the Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston - home of the Phoenix Theatre.


Current Submissions & Registrations

Director Submissions currently open.  Submit here.

Actor Registrations are open. Register here.

We will still consider ITC Submissions until director registrations are closed. Submit here.

Script Submissions are closed (direct entry and international script-only submissions)



Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short + Sweet Film Festival

We invite you to submit your short film (5-10 minutes) and be part of an amazing new festival based in the heart of Hollywood. The Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short+Sweet Film Festival is open to all comers but most welcome are local film makers.

Let’s face it - attention spans are not getting any longer and this celebration of cinema, creativity and storytelling is a professional pathway for talented film makers, writers, actors, cinematographers and directors.

We know something about how it's done… The Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, CA offering extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Technique grew out of Stella Adler’s work with Stanislavski, the father of modern acting and has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, and many more.

If your film is chosen to be part of the first festival you’ll join a program that features local and international films that will be presented at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in July/August 2017. You’ll have the chance to win Awards and Prizes. Of course we'll make sure that the 'right' people are invited along and your work is seen to it's best advantage.

The Best Film (chosen by respected industry judges) and the People’s Choice Winner (chosen by the audience) will be selected to take part in the International Short+Sweet Film Festival Gala Final on August 24 at the beautiful and historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. That’s where the winning films from S+S Film Festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Manila, Dubai and Chennai will compete to take out the International Best Film Awards.

The festival is a proud member of the Short+Sweet family - the biggest 10 minute performing arts festival in the world - with events in 30+ cities across 12 countries. It’s been around for 20 years with the first S+S Theatre Festival in Sydney Australia in 2002 and to date have presented over 5,500 original new works in Theatre, Music and Dance. It might have started on the other side of the world in far off Australia but the global home of the S+S Film is now right here in Hollywood where it belongs.


Earlybird Deadline (June 15th)

Regular Deadline (July 11th)

Late Deadline (July 21st)

Notification Date (July 24th)

Festival Dates (July 31st - August 21th)

Gala Final (Sunday, August 24th)




S&S Hollywood Actor Auditions Announced!


Casting sessions will be broken down by gender and age groups so that we can have some order to the process. Since we have over 40 directors that will be part of the process, this also allows them to only sit in when needed and not burn out (the better to pay attention to you!). Caveat...if you absolutely cannot make your "assigned" time, you can come at another open day/time, but first priority will be given to the folks who's time it actually is.




Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018

Short+Sweet has been running in Canberra since 2009, and this has grown to become a major event for the city’s artistic community. Each year over 100 people contribute to the festival over two weeks at the Canberra Theatre Centre, making this the largest annual collaboration of performing artists in the national capital.

As an open access festival, Short+Sweet Canberra brings together a broad range of artists. Professional performing artists work alongside talented enthusiasts, and artists with more experience and expertise in other artforms. And most importantly, it brings new audiences into the theatre as friends and family members of participants attend performances and recognise their own potential to participate.

Short+Sweet Canberra is at once local and eclectic. Plays are submitted from all over the world, and the festival director shortlists approximately half of the festival’s content from local writers, and half from interstate and overseas. Most actors and directors who participate come from Canberra, many travel from the capital region, and the festival has also welcomed actors and directors from Sydney and Melbourne.

Short+Sweet Canberra enjoys the support of Canberra Theatre Centre and Ainslie Gorman Arts Centres, without which, we couldn't stage this great festival each year.

The Short+Sweet family is committed to building a more creative world, 10 minutes at a time. The platform provides an accessible and enjoyable theatrical experience to individuals from all walks of life, and gives them the opportunity to connect with creatives from all over the world.


2018 Performance Dates

Top 20 Week 1: 17-20 April, 7:30pm daily

Wildcards: 21 April, 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Top 20 Week 2: 24-27 April, 7:30pm daily

Gala Final: 28 April, 2:30pm and 7:30pm



Short + Sweet Film Festival Chennai

Welcome to Short+Sweet - the biggest and best short format festival in the World.

If your film is a winner at the Gala Final in Chennai on June 25th you can go on to have your work shown on August 24 @ the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at an A List Red Carpet Finale along with other top films from all over the world and win professional development and other prizes valued at over US$50,000.

Short+Sweet is the biggest 10 minute performing arts festival in the world with events in 30+ cities across 12 countries. We have presented over 5,000 original new works in Theatre, Music and Dance since 2002. 

Additionally - if your film is short-listed for the festival here it will also be eligible for express entry (until 2018) into other Short+Sweet Film Festivals including Sydney, Melbourne, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Dubai, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and beyond...

Our international presenting partners are Stella Adler LA ( and Short+Sweet International (


We'll be holding heats at Wandering Artist in Chennai from June 22nd to June 24th. Then the Gala Final on June 25th.

That's of course the main prize - the chance to get your work in front on an A List Hollywood audience and win professional development from Stella Adler (board members of include the like Mark Rufalo and Brad Fisher). In addition your next project could be fully funded by our partner Ryde Studios in LA to the value of US$50,000.

And of course there will be local prizes for the winners including 
Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, 
Best Play to Film Adaptation, People's Choice, Best Actor and Best Actress. 


No limits, other than your imagination.

In keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition, all films must be 5-10 mins in length (plus credits) and can be shot and edited on any device. There is no restriction on the genre, style or how the film is created. You must however have permission to use any images, storylines, music etc. in your film.

The film can be in any language or dialect. However if you want the film to be eligible for other Short+Sweet Film Festivals there must be English subtitles.

Submissions to be made here:

Chennai Film-makers are eligible for Submission Fee Waivers - Mail us on for a waiver code




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