22 Jan 2021 to 20 Mar 2021
10 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021
10 May 2021 to 22 Aug 2021
Friday, September 13, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019
Gala Twin Cinema
204 Cowper St
Warrawong NSW 2502
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Illawarra's first inaugural Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival kicks off with a bang, with over thirty films being showcased by filmmakers from Wollongong, Australia and from around the world.

Our Top-20 (finals) kicks off on Friday 13th September and will have a second screening on Saturday 14th September, both screenings take place 8:30 pm at the GALA TWIN CINEMAS in Warrawong.

And finishing off our festival is an incredibly strong selection of films to make up our WILDCARDS FINAL on Sunday 15th September - one night only - at 8:30 pm.

Ten Illawarra films have made the cut and will be screened alongside 5 other Aussie films and 15 films from around the world, including the USA, UK, France, Egypt, Indonesia, Ukraine, Sweden, Georgia, Spain and even Azerbaijan!

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our full program!


TOP 20
13 - 14 September
(8:30 pm sessions)
204 Cowper Street
Warrawong NSW Australia
TICKETS: https://www.trybooking.com/BEYFQ
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15 September at 8:30pm (one session only)
204 Cowper Street
Warrawong NSW Australia
TICKETS: https://www.trybooking.com/BEYFZ
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/493121947899775/

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Short+Sweet Film Festival has now arrived in the place where the mountains meet the sea. The Illawarra, located on the South Coast of NSW boasts an impressive theatre community with over a dozen active theatre companies and a large talent pool of actors, writers and directors. Short+Sweet Illawarra is proud to extend its festival to filmmakers in the region, providing a platform for their work... read more


  1. Exectuive Producer/Festival Director - Luke Berman

    Want to be part of the team? Email your CV and introductory letter to luke.berman@shortandsweet.org


  1. If you have a great story and it fits within our 10-minute limit, then get filming and enter our Short+Sweet Film Festival!

    • Films submitted are to be produced within 3 years of production. 

    • No restrictions on the device(s) used to record or create video and audio. 

    • No restriction on Software used to create, edit or enhance video and audio. 

    • Film in any language are welcome, but must be subtitled in English.

    • The festival is open to filmmakers of ALL ages and levels of experience.

    Submission Fees

    Short Films submitted by Illawarra residents and filmmakers are free of charge to enter.*

    US $13 |  Australian Submissions

    US$20 | International submissions

    * Illawarra local entries are only submitted direct to Illawarra and will not be submitted to our international festival. Illawarra filmmakers who which to submit their film to Illawarra and our international festival should submit via the Australian filmmakers submission page (US$13 fee).



  1. By entering your film to Short+Sweet Film Festival Illawarra, you are agreeing to the following:

    1. The running time of my film is 10 minutes or less (inclusive of credits). Films longer than 10 minutes will not be considered, and entry fee will be forfeited.

    2. I am the creator of the Film and I give permission for the film to be presented at any Short+Sweet festival or event for which it is eligible. If I am not the (sole) creator of the film, I warrant that I have obtained all necessary permissions of writers, originators or contributors. 

    3. Should my film be selected for a S+S Festival or event, I understand I will receive no royalties or other payment for any screenings, live or virtual, but may be eligible for awards and professional development opportunities. 

    4. I understand that my film will be assessed by a selection committee and that no communication will be entered into by S+S regarding this process. The selection decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

    5. I give S+S the right to screen/record/photograph my film for archival, marketing and publicity purposes (including in unpaid public forums such as YouTube, Vimeo or similar).

    6. A film which has been publicly screened in the host city of any S+S Festival is still eligible for entry and consideration in any of our S+S Festivals and Cities. 

    7. All plays which have been adapted into films must have the permission of the playwright. 

    8. I understand copyright material cannot be used unless I have documentation to prove legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label. 

    9. I may also be required to provide Actor Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in the film. 

    10. I understand that films in any language are eligible, but must be subtitled in English. 

    11. The festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience. 

    12. All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

    13. I understand that if my film is selected as a finalist, I will be required to provide Short+Sweet with the highest quality of recording of the film so that it can be screened. 

    14. No restrictions on the device(s) used to record or create video and audio.

    15. No restrictions on software used to create, edit or enhance video and audio. 

    16. The festival is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience. 

    17. Entry to Short+Sweet Film Illawarra is free for local artists.  The cost of entry to the international festival is US$20 for international submissions and US$13 for Australian submissions outside the Illawarra/South Coast. 


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