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1 Jun 2024 to 3 Aug 2024
29 Aug 2024 to 22 Sep 2024
5 Sep 2024 to 29 Sep 2024
Friday, June 21, 2024 to Sunday, July 7, 2024
St Wilfrid's Hall and Everyman Cinema Harrogate
United Kingdom
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Short + Sweet Theatre & Film Yorkshire

Exciting news! The globally renowned festival, "Short + Sweet," is touching down in beautiful Yorkshire! 

Nestled in Yorkshire's picturesque embrace, the Short and Sweet Festival finds its perfect home amid rolling hills and historic charm. The region's beauty, from quaint villages to sprawling moors, provides a captivating backdrop, enhancing the festival experience and creating lasting memories for attendees and performers alike.

Short+Sweet will showcase a variety of 10-minute plays & digital media to delight your tastebuds, with talented actors, writers, directors, digital media & filmmakers showcasing their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre & film. 

Our vision is simple - a more creative world 10 minutes at a time! 

Get Involved! 

There is no festival without YOU! 

We are inviting all writers to create a 10-minute script, all directors to direct a 10- minute play and of course, all actors to bring the plays to life. Independent theatre companies are also invited to enter.

Digital media and filmakers can send in complete pieces of up to 10 minutes too. 

Applications will open shortly for the festival which will be based in beautiful Harrogate in June, 2024. 

The Short+Sweet festival is a wonderful tool for writers, directors and actors who want to share their voice and talent in a professional environment and venue. Its goal is to become a powerful tool for diversity in the entertainment industry, as well as providing a way to discover new or established local talent by engaging more people in the live theatre experience.  

 Whether you are established or first-time,this opportuntiy is open to anyone who wants to have a go. There are no limits to the creativity or content of your scripts, only that it can be performed in 10 minutes or under.   

Script Submissions are open now and close on 18th March, 2024

Digital Media, Film & Screenplay Submissions are now open and will close on 10th April.

Sign Ups for Actors and Directors is now open and will close 12th April, 2024

 Follow our socials or check back here for details. 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! 

Don't miss the chance to experience the best of new writing and regional talent right here in Yorkshire. It's time to celebrate Short + Sweet northern style! 

Principal Festival Partners

Call outs are now open for Directors, Actors, Independant Theatre Companies and Writers. Our Digital Media and Screenplay Entries are now open too. 

Key dates are below. Take a look at the S + S Yorkshire page and get involved!

Script Submissions Close 18th March 2024

Director/ Actor/ITC Call Out Closes 12th April 2024

Allocation of Directors, Scripts & Actors ... read more

Short + Sweet, the globally acclaimed theatre festival, is coming to Yorkshire in 2024 and we're looking for your original, captivating 10-minute plays.

This is your chance to be a part of a thrilling theatrical experience, showcasing your work alongside talented actors and directors.

Our festival thrives on creativity, and it's your scripts that will set the stage alight.... read more

This festival doesn't have any active submission

Production Team

  1. Fiona Georgiou Hunt | Festival Director


    We'll be on the look out for volunteers soon.

    Keep and eye out on or Instagram and Facebook page.

    If you'd like to chat about sponsorhip and collaboration opportunties, email fiona.hunt@shortandsweet.org.

Writers- Submit a Script

  1. Short play submissions are now open.

    Submit A Script to Short + Sweet Yorkshire 2024!

    Submit Here!


    If you would like to join the mailing list for Short+Sweet writers, please email shortsweetliterary@gmail.com with "Writer subscribe" in the subject line.


    For the full Terms and Conditions of submitting a script to Short+Sweet, please see below. Read these carefully before submitting! Any entry which does not comply with the Terms And Conditions will be deemed ineligible and no refund will be offered. 

    Of particular note: DO NOT INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE WRITER(S) anywhere on your script(s) and PLEASE TIME YOUR SCRIPT BEFORE ENTERING to make sure the running time is ten minutes or less! 

    For a rundown on how we assess our entries, click here. For enquiries regarding script entries, contact Short+Sweet's Literary Management Team on shortsweetliterary@gmail.com

    Payment is made using credit card. Note: your entry will not be received unless payment has been processed.

    If you want to submit more than one script, please fill in this form, pay, then complete it again for each submission you want to send.

    *Note also that due to circumstances out of our control, such as covid, a festival might be cancelled or postponed. No refund will be offered in this circumstance.

Digital Media, Screenplay & Film Submission

  1. Lights, camera, action! 

     Calling all aspiring screenwriters and digital media makers!

     Short + Sweet Digital Media entries are officially OPEN on FilmFreeway!

     Whether you're a seasoned pro or a fresh face in the industry, we want to see your creativity shine.

     Don't miss this chance to share your story with the world.

    We've even created a special award for films made in Yorkshire.

    Find out more and enter today. today! 


    Category winners will have thier ilm shown at our Fesitval final at Everyman Harrogate on Thursday 4th July where our audience and a panel of judges will award the "Best of the Fest" from category winners.

Indpendent Theatre Companies

  1. Have you got a work in development?

    Testing material for the Edinburgh Festival?

    Want to showcase a short excerpt of up to 10 minutes of a performance piece you are developing?

    Short + Sweet Yorkshire invites independent theatre companies,  to submit their work for our upcoming event!

    Whether you're a seasoned troupe or a budding ensemble, this is your chance to shine on stage.

    Join us in celebrating the diversity and innovation of theatre at Short+Sweet Yorkshire.

    Submit your piece today HERE

Directors Call Out


    Registrations for Short+Sweet Yorkshire 2024 are open every year to  established and first-time directors.

    Short+Sweet is the perfect opportunity for actors, writers or anyone to try directing for the first time.

    Directors are able to choose from all shortlisted scripts for their local festival, and are encouraged to communicate with their Writers throughout the process. 

    Directors cannot act in their own play unless they enter the production as an ITC (Independent Theatre Company) which is where the play, Director and cast are all already attached and submit directly to the Festival Director.

    Register as a director HERE

Actor Call Out

  1. We welcome professional and enthusiastic amateurs’ actors alike. Our festival is about inclusion and community, so everyone is welsome.

    Before registering, please check the key festival dates and make sure you’ll be available. This festival is a commitment and you are a vital piece of the festival, so please make sure you can commit the time.

    If you are selected as an actor, you will be contacted by the director of one of the plays that will be perfomed in the Festival.

    To register your interest as an actor please click HERE

Key Dates Short + Sweet Yorkshire 2024

  1. Script Submissions Close 18th March 2024

    Director/ Actor/ITC Call Out Closes 6pm Sunday 14th April 2024

    Allocation of Directors, Scripts & Actors  W/C 14th April

    Fesitval Heat One- Friday 21st June

    Festival Heat Two - Saturday 22nd June

    Fesitval Final Saturday 29th June