Short+Sweet Sydney is the largest short play festival in the world, presented over 8 weeks we produce the work of 160 new local, national and international short plays, directed by new, emerging and experienced artists, and performed by local new and experienced actors. We provide the network of artists, venue, technical support, producing skills, and an audience, all ready to see brand new short works from all around the world! 

Short+Sweet Sydney

The biggest little play festival in the world is back for its fifteenth year in Sydney! Featuring 160 plays across 8 massive weeks, with 2 exciting new programmes every week, Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 is now open for registrations! 
Writers, Directors, Actors, and Independent Theatre Companies are encouraged to register now! Simply click on Festival Submissions and complete the appropriate form. 
A lot can happen in 10 minutes - This is your chance to prove it!


  • 21 Sept: Script Submissions Close
  • 28 Sept: Director + ITC Registrations Close
  • 23 Oct: Compulsory Director + ITC Info Session 10am-1pm
  • 26 Oct: Actor Registrations Close
  • 24-25 Oct & 31Oct-1Nov: Auditions (Details TBA)
  • 5 Dec: Programme Announced
  • 7 Jan - 29 Feb: Season

    + Top 80's have Tech + Dress Rehearsal Tuesday + Shows Wednesday-Sunday
    + Wildcards have Tech + Dress Rehearsal Saturday morning + Shows Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Develop skills, practice craft, explore an idea, or play around with something small on the side. Short+Sweet is an ideal opportunity to dapple in the arts, develop a new work, explore your hidden talent, or harness your skills. It is a space to put yourself and your work on the festival stage with no personal financial risk.
Short+Sweet brings together a melting pot of professional, emerging and recreational artists all in the one place. We encourage you to work with new people, or try something you haven't done before. We're all here for different reasons, but at the end of the day it's all just about one thing - ten minutes and a stage. 

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure wide participation opportunities in Short+Sweet, participants are restricted to the following number of plays: writers can only have ONE work included in the season, directors can only direct ONE play (regardless of whether it be in an ITC or a standalone submission), and an actor can only perform in TWO plays per season.*
This does not limit the amount of scripts, ITC concepts, director or actor applications submitted for consideration, so be brave and register! 
*Winners of Crash Test Drama or special invitations direct from the Festival Director may be exceptions to this rule. Contact alana@shortandsweet.org if you have any questions.

Register as an ITC

To register as an ITC, we want you to sell us on your idea. What makes it unique? And why is your team perfectly suited? ITC selection is often competitive, so we encourage you to make a compelling case for your project.


Register as an Actor

Registering as an actor for the Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 means that you will have the opportunity to audition for all of the festival’s directors at once.
We will be producing 160 works – your perfect role could be in any one of them!


Short+Sweet Hollywood

Short+Sweet is Heading to Hollywood!

With dates to be confirmed for 2016, Short+Sweet will be embarking on its most exciting international expansion yet! We want to hear from Australian and international Short+Sweet participants who have been paving their way in LA and would love to be on board of this incredible opportunity. If you're an LA artist keen to get involved, or wanting to share your Short+Sweet success story with Hollywood locals, please email your story to alana@shortandsweet.org so we can get you involved in this debut season!

For further information and regular updates on Short+Sweet Hollywood, visit our Facebook Page.

Get ready for Shorter+Sweeter in Abu Dhabi!

For the first time ever in Abu Dhabi, Constellation presents Shorter+Sweeter - the best of Short+Sweet Dubai

A night of the best plays from Short+Sweet, the world’s largest ten-minute play festival, performed by some of Dubai’s best actors and brought to the stage in stunning productions by Artistic Director Liz Hadaway and Associate Director Sidd Jose, at the magnificent Abu Dhabi Theatre.

Join us for a Taste of Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi!

Abu Dhabi will get its first taste of the world’s largest ten-minute play festival, Short+Sweet, on Saturday May 30th with a whole day of activities designed to inspire local arts lovers to get involved with Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi.

Culminating in a showing of our brand new touring show Shorter+Sweeter – the Best of Short+Sweet Dubai, the day at Abu Dhabi Theatre by the Waterfront is set to be both fun and inspiring. We hope you can join us!

Tech Requirements Form

This form is to help us coordinate resources so that we can best support the requirements of your work. Please answer all of the questions to the best of your knowledge BEFORE your production meeting. We will then discuss anything that needs more detail as a part of the meeting.


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