Short+Sweet Theatre Melbourne 2016

The biggest little play festival in the world is back in Melbourne at The Butterfly Club, featuring great new theatre and fantastic cabaret performances... Short+Sweet Melbourne 2016 is coming soon! 

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

Tickets are now on sale, full program is coming soon, hurry up and make sure you don't miss out.




TOP 20 heats week 1:
20-23 DECEMBER 2016 

TOP 20 heats week2:

5-6 JANUARY 2017


7 JANUARY 2017

gala final, awards presentation:

8 JANUARY 2017.




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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! 


!!Hurry up buying the tickets and sharing the news with all your friends. !!



22-23 December 2016

5-6 January 2017

8 January 2017


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Short+Sweet Film Melbourne 2017

The Short+Sweet theatre festival has been around for 16 years and staged some 5000 or so ten minute plays. It is only natural we are now branching into the world of film and with so many great stories to draw upon, the possibilities are endless.

Love short film? 

Want to decide what Australian films will go to Hollywood? 

Interested in meeting filmmakers, movie stars and other celebrities?


Heat 1 – 7pm Monday 24th of July

The Loop Project, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne 7-9pm

Heat 2 – 7pm Tuesday 25th of July

The Local Taphouse 184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East 7-9pm

Heat 3 – 7pm on Wednesday 26th of July 

The Local Taphouse 184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East 7-9pm

The Finals Night –7pm on Thursday 27th of July

Venue: Treasury Theatre Lower plaza 1 Macarthur Street East Melbourne 3002 

Time: 7-9pm


Winners will have their short film screened at the Worldwide Short+Sweet Gala Final in Hollywood in Los Angeles at the Short+Sweet Hollywood Film Festival on August 25 at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. There are many other awesome prizes up for grabs including mentorships with working Hollywood industry professional, producers and actors who are Alumni or on the Stella Adler Theater Board. is offering complimentary memberships and pitch listings to a local filmmaker selected for S+S Film Festival in Melbourne. is offering this to our finalists because Industry members in our marketplace are scouting for film and TV projects for all the major platforms. 

These Executive Members include: Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, Leftfield Pictures, Brian Graden Media…


Short+Sweet Dubai

Short+Sweet Dubai - an amazing year long programme of festivals to be held at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

Here is our exciting schedule of Festivals for 2017-18

Short+Sweet Dubai Schedule 2017-2018


Sept 22-23           Short+Sweet Poetry

Nov 9-11              Short+Sweet Dance

Dec 14-16            Short+Sweet Comedy


Jan 18 – Feb 24  Short+Sweet Theatre

March 8-10         Short+Sweet Film

March 15-24       Short+Sweet Voices

April 12-14           Short+Sweet Cabaret

May 10-12           Short+Sweet Bollywood

To register for any or all of the Festivals above please click here 

Register for Short+Sweet Dubai

Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for our upcoming festivals in Dubai, hosted by The Junction.


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Participants in Short+Sweet do so on a voluntary basis. Artists selected for Short+Sweet are not entitled to payment or re-numeration of any kind although they may be eligible for various prizes.

Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short + Sweet Film Festival

We invite you to submit your short film (5-10 minutes) and be part of an amazing new festival based in the heart of Hollywood. The Stella Adler Academy Hollywood Short+Sweet Film Festival is open to all comers but most welcome are local film makers.

Let’s face it - attention spans are not getting any longer and this celebration of cinema, creativity and storytelling is a professional pathway for talented film makers, writers, actors, cinematographers and directors.

We know something about how it's done… The Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, CA offering extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Technique grew out of Stella Adler’s work with Stanislavski, the father of modern acting and has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, and many more.

If your film is chosen to be part of the first festival you’ll join a program that features local and international films that will be presented at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in July/August 2017. You’ll have the chance to win Awards and Prizes. Of course we'll make sure that the 'right' people are invited along and your work is seen to it's best advantage.

The Best Film (chosen by respected industry judges) and the People’s Choice Winner (chosen by the audience) will be selected to take part in the International Short+Sweet Film Festival Gala Final on August 24 at the beautiful and historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. That’s where the winning films from S+S Film Festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Manila, Dubai and Chennai will compete to take out the International Best Film Awards.

The festival is a proud member of the Short+Sweet family - the biggest 10 minute performing arts festival in the world - with events in 30+ cities across 12 countries. It’s been around for 20 years with the first S+S Theatre Festival in Sydney Australia in 2002 and to date have presented over 5,500 original new works in Theatre, Music and Dance. It might have started on the other side of the world in far off Australia but the global home of the S+S Film is now right here in Hollywood where it belongs.


Earlybird Deadline (June 15th)

Regular Deadline (July 11th)

Late Deadline (July 21st)

Notification Date (July 24th)

Festival Dates (July 31st - August 21th)

Gala Final (Sunday, August 24th)




S&S Hollywood Actor Auditions Announced!


Casting sessions will be broken down by gender and age groups so that we can have some order to the process. Since we have over 40 directors that will be part of the process, this also allows them to only sit in when needed and not burn out (the better to pay attention to you!). Caveat...if you absolutely cannot make your "assigned" time, you can come at another open day/time, but first priority will be given to the folks who's time it actually is.




Expression of Interest in entering an ITC in Short+Sweet Canberra 2018

Thank you for your interest in submitting an indpendent production for Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018!

Independent theatre companies (ITCs) may pitch their ten minute performance using this form. You don't have to be an established organisation, even a loose collection of creatives is fine by us. This form allows you to tell us what you want to do, and we'll use the information you provide to determine whether to include you in the festival, and which program to put you in. So be as clear and detailed as possible.

please provide your mobile number
If any of the leaders of this production are under 18, please note that here. We need to know this to ensure compliance with the Working With Vulnerable People (background checking) Act 2011.
This field is not compulsory: you may either add a description of your acting experience and interests, or upload your curriculum vitae below.
You may either upload your curriculum vitae, or add a description of your acting experience above.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.
Describe what you plan to put on stage. You may also submit a script.
You may upload a script or a video of your performance.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf docx avi mov mp3 wav.

Expression of Interest in Directing for Short+Sweet Canberra 2018

Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Theatre Canberra 2018!

Directors make everyone’s day: you bring a script to life for the writer, and you spend most of your time trying to make actors look good on stage!

We welcome directors from all walks of life, from professional directors to enthusiastic amateurs. Everyone gets a go, although we do try to balance providing opportunities for new directors with bringing back the experience of those who’ve done it all before.

please provide your mobile number
We need to know this to ensure compliance with the Working With Vulnerable People (background checking) Act 2011.
This field is not compulsory: you may either add a description of your acting experience and interests, or upload your curriculum vitae below.
You may either upload your curriculum vitae, or add a description of your acting experience above.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.


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