7 Feb 2019 to 27 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019 to 4 May 2019
5 Jun 2019 to 8 Jun 2019
Sunday, September 3, 2017 to Sunday, May 20, 2018
32/19 Merlin Terrace
Brisbane QLD 4069
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From Pages to Screen and Everything In Between! 

Welcome to the Short+Sweet Film Festival Queensland

The Short+Sweet Film Festival is finally here in the Sunshine State! The Short+Sweet theatre and cabaret festival has been running its ninth year in Queensland and has presented over 5,500 new original works of ten minute plays and cabaret. It is only natural that we are now branching into the world of film and with so many stories to draw upon, the possibilities are endless. By entering your film into the Short+Sweet Film Festival Queensland, you are automatically considered for all our upcoming festivals and cities. 

Heats  and Gala Finals will be presented in both Brisbane and Gold Coast,. Prizes and awards will be presented in both locations! Winners of the 'Best Film' and 'People's Choice' will receive the opportunity to showcase their films at the International Gala Final that is to be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on August 24, 2018. 

Entrance to this red carpet event is by invitation only and will be composed of other winners from Short+Sweet Film Festivals around the world!


  • 3 Sep, 2017: S+SFF Online & Queensland open for submissions
  • 28 Feb, 2018: S+SFFQLD International close for submissions
  • 11 Mar, 2018: S+SFFQLD National close for submissions 
  • 25 Mar, 2018: Program anounced 
  • 7 Apr, 2018: Heat One Screening | Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus
  • 21 Apr, 2018: Heat Two Screening | Griffith Film School
  • 28 Apr, 2018: Gala Final's Program announced
  • 11 May - 13 May, 2018: Gala Finals | New Farm Cinemas
  • Aug 2018: Hollywood Grand Finals


The presenting partners are: Stella Adler LA & Short+Sweet International

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DUE: 31 JAN 2018

Once you have confirmed your full team, please let us know. We will require each person’s email address and mobile phone number in case we need to contact them. It is important that we have a record of each person on your team to make sure they receive festival updates, application process as well as a complimentary ticket the the Heats' Screening.... read more

DUE: No later than 2 days prior to your allocated Heat screening. 

Each selected films are entitled to TWO complimentary tickets to their screening. This can be used by themselves or by a friend. Please do not attempt to book more than two complimentary tickets per film. For any concerns or queries, contact shortsweet.... read more

We will be holding an optional poster competition! You are encouraged to create an A4 poster design for your show. These will be displayed online, at the venues and potentially in the program.
Posters should be portrait, A4 in design, and must include the title of the play, writer credit (if applicable), venue logo, website, and Short+Sweet logo (... read more

We will be producing program booklets online for distribution before the festival opens. In order to make this work, we will need your program details quite early on.
This includes: play title, writer credit, director credit, company name (if applicable), artist list, and a short 2-sentence blurb (max 100 words).  This is your chance to word your film before they appear in the program... read more


  1. Please direct all enquiries to shortsweet.filmfestival@gmail.com.


    Artistic Director - Mark Cleary

    International Coordinator - Alexis Bartoleme

    Festival Directors - Sean Dennehy & Ashley Burgess

    Festival Manager - Angela Goh


    Want to be part of the team? Email your CV and introductory letter to shortsweet.filmfestival@gmail.com.


  1. By entering your film, you are automatically entered into all Short+Sweet Film Festivals that are currently open for submissions both online and world-wide, all for one entry fee. In 2017/18 films will be considered for our online festival - Sydney, Queensland and Hollywood Festivals, with the Grand Finals being held in Hollywood in August 2018. 

    More cities will be announced over the next few months. 

    Following the tradition of its parent theatre festival, Short+Sweet Film Festival is dedicated to support emerging filmmakers and local talent. We want to encourage theatremakers and playwrights who have previously entered Short+Sweet plays to adapt them into screenplays and enter into our film festival for a chance to win our 'Best Adaptation' Prize. We see no reason why theatre and film world should be separated, and we aim to bridge that divide.

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

    • Key Creatives are to be from Queensland.

    • 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.


    The cost of entry to the festival is $20. If you need another payment method or are having trouble with payment, do not hesitate to contact us at shortsweet.filmfestival@gmail.com.


  1. By entering your film to Short+Sweet Film Festival Queensland, 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 the entry fee is 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 will be eligible for prizes 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. Submission deadline for Short+Sweet Film Festival Queensland is 11:59PM (AEST), February 28, 2018.

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

    14. 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. 

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

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

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

    18. The cost of entry to the festival is $20. If you need another payment method or are having trouble with payment, do not hesitate to contact us at shortsweet.filmfestival@gmail.com.


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  1. Awards include; Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Play to Film Adaptation, People's Choice, Best Actor, Best Actress & Best Poster. 

    Winning films are invited to the Short+Sweet Film Festival Hollywood and are in the running to win unique prizes including professional development with A list Hollywood Stars - thanks to our partnership with Stella Adler LA.

    More prizes, opportunites and judges will be announced over the upcoming months.