Short + Sweet Illawarra Film Festival submissions now open!

Submissions are now open for this year’s Short+Sweet Illawarra Film Festival which will be screening September 2021 showcasing Illawarra, Australian, and International FilmMakers.

Your film needs to be ten minutes or less (including credits), otherwise, you are only limited by your imagination.

Illawarra filmmakers will receive 50% off your submission fee.
Please submit your film under the Australian Category and email once you’ve submitted so submissions can be monitored closely.


Making the world a more creative place, ten minutes at a time.

Short+Sweet Film Festival returns, showcasing Illawarra, Australian, and International FilmMakers.

The Illawarra, located on the South Coast of NSW Australia, 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 to be seen alongside our Australian and international submissions.

The Short+Sweet Film Festival is unique for three distinct reasons:

1) For just one entry you are in consideration for our 10 international festivals, opening up your chances to have your screen filmed around the world

2) We have a very strong international network and this network is constantly expanding.

3) We are unique in that we have a very strong connection to theatre. We do not believe the gap between theatre and film should be so wide and we aim to bridge this gap. With our Best Adaptation Award and our close partnership with our sister theatre festival, we encourage theatre and film practitioners to be one and the same.

4) We screen all sorts of films and all sorts of genres and support all sorts of filmmakers from seasoned pros to emerging artists

Awards & Prizes

The best films from three heat rounds will be showcased in our Film Festival Gala Finals, and have the opportunity to be screened at our film festivals worldwide.

Our best film “Road to Vagator” (2019) went on to feature in the finals of the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival, which was recognised with Illawarra resident Nick Bolton winning Best Actor.

If you have already submitted your film to one of our Short+Sweet Film Festivals, please make contact with Festival Director Luke Berman before submitting your film.
luke.berman@shortandsweet.org

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