Short+Sweet Theatre Melbourne 2016

The biggest little play festival in the world is back in Melbourne at Alex Theatre St Kilda! Featuring great new theatre, new musical teasers and fantastic cabarets... Short+Sweet Melbourne 2016 is coming soon! 

A lot can happen in 10 minutes - This is your chance to prove it!


check the full program here



8-19 February 2016

20 February


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Short+Sweet Cabaret Melbourne 2016

Short+Sweet Cabaret is a sparkling jewel to the Short+Sweet crown!

Merging theatre and music cabaret creates an atmosphere of exploration, energy, politics, stories, characters, burlesque, songs, and silliness. Short+Sweet Cabaret is a forum where new ideas are tested, risks are taken, where the performers and audience share and intimate experience of something new, and never seen before. We will provide a stage, lighting and sound, an onstage piano and limited radio mics, the rest is up to you to bring creativity and uniquity to the stage!

Just remember it can be only 10 minutes! 


check the full program here

Official accompanist:

dr. Trevor Jones


8-19 February 2016

20 February


Contact [email protected]

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Program announced!

With 30 ten-minute plays – including plays from Canberra, interstate and overseas – the two week festival also features local performers and directors ‘mixing it’ with visiting artists. It promises to be jam-packed with comedy, drama & romance – and that’s just back-stage!

The program for our 2016 festival is now available:


Top 20 Week 1 


The Ice Age  written by Sue Clennell  directed by Erin Foote

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Short + Sweet Film Festival

From Page to Screen and Everything in Between. The Short+Sweet Film Festival is finally here. It is unique in the ever expanding world of Short+Sweet (currently encompassing festivals and events in nine countries and 25 cities, and growing all the time) in that it’s the only 'non-live’ festival we present. In the 16 years since Short+Sweet was first established in Sydney we’ve presented over 5,000 new works in theatre, music and dance created by over 3,000 writers.

Short+Sweet Film Festival Entry Form

Any films received will be considered for the following festivals:

Short+Sweet Film Online Festival, Short+Sweet Film Sydney 2017, Short+Sweet Film Hollywood 2017 & many more TBA.

For the one entry fee of just AU$20, your film will be considered for all of the festivals above, as well as any additional festivals we run around the globe in 2016 & 2017.


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Short+Sweet Bollywood Dubai 2016

Short+Sweet Bollywood is the newest medium to join the Short+Sweet family. For this first time ever, this exciting new format is coming to Dubai! Open to both the experienced and fresh blood,  Short+Sweet gives hundreds of artists an opportunity to perform, and choreograph, while encouraging audiences to see brand new works on stage!

In October 2016, participants will showcase the best of UAE’s talent at The Junction, Dubai. Short+Sweet Bollywood rewards creativity, originality and imagination across the following areas:

·         Most Outstanding Choreography

·         Most Promising Male Dancer

·         Most Promising Female Dancer

·         People’s Choice Award


Competition | Entry Requirements

·         Performances must run for a minimum duration of 4 minutes and must not exceed 10 minutes

·         It can be any dance form but the only condition is that the music has to be from a Bollywood film. 

·         Dance troupes of all nationalities are invited to perform and join in the creative and colourful event that is Bollywood!

·         Be extraordinary! Short+Sweet highly encourages creativity and imagination in all entries. 


REGISTRATION DEADLINE:       September 15th, 2016

SHOW DATES:                   October 13th – 15th 2016

VENUE:                                                The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE

For more information, please email [email protected] or call on +97152 777 5825

Short+Sweet Film Festival

Short and Sweet Film Festival is here! The Short+Sweet theatre festival has been around for 22 years and staged some 7000 or so ten minute plays. It is only natural that we are now branching into the world of film and with so many great stories to draw upon, the possibilities are endless. Whether you have a play that you want to adapt into a screenplay or an original idea for a film, Short+Sweet Film Festival is now calling for entries for our inaugural year, launching online in 2016 and then in Sydney in early 2017 and Hollywood late 2017, plus many more cities to come. By entering your film into Short+Sweet Film Festival you are automatically considered for all our upcoming festivals and cities.

In keeping with the Short+Sweet tradition all films must be 10 minutes or less and can be shot and edited on any device. There are no other limits other than your imagination. 

We are open to filmmakers of all ages, all nationalities and all levels of experience, whether it's your hundredth film or your first, we want to see it!

The winning films from the online and Sydney festivals will be screened in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival in September 2017 with many other awesome prizes up for grabs.

Key Dates

*July 9 2016: S+SFF Online & Sydney open for submissions

*Dec 31 2016: S+SFF Online & Sydney close for submissions

*Jan 15 2017: Programme announced

*Feb 12-Mar 5 2017: Main Sydney Season

*Mar 19 2017: Finals

*Sep 2017: Hollywood Grand Finals

Canberra Shortlist

The shortlist for Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2016 can now be announced!

Directors have made their selections, and we can now congratulate the fantastic playwrights whose scripts made it onto this year's shortlist. The calibre of plays was excellent, and it was great to see such great writing coming in from Canberra, the Capital Region and all over the world. 

The program for the festival is still being finalised, and will be made available very soon. but for now, it's time to congratulate the shortlisted writers!

Clone of Program Information 2016

DUE: Mon 30 May

We will be producing program booklets for free 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 to ITCs), cast list, and a short 2-sentence blurb (max 50 words). We may have some or all of these details already, but this is your chance to re-word how they appear in the program and in other publicity materials.

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Please write a short blurb to represent your work. If you are directing a script, you do not need to use the synopsis from the script catalogue. Your blurb should not include any spoilers. It should fit with your specific vision for the production. Max. 50 words.


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