Short+Sweet = biggest little play festival in the world!
The Short+Sweet Theatre Festival has one simple vision—to encourage a more creative world in 10 minutes or less! The festival showcases the writing, directing, acting, singing, and dancing talents of various local artists. Moreover, the Short+Sweet organisers believe short form theatre can move audiences, just as effectively as long form can.
The festival has three aims:
- DEVELOP acting, directing, writing, dancing, choreography, singing and other forms of theatre-making skills
- SHOWCASE ten-minute performances
- CREATE EXCELLENCE. To stimulate and entertain audiences with 10-minute works
Delivering more than 30 new performance works by local artists, each uniquely different from the next, the 2016 Brisbane Short+Sweet festival was hosted at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Audiences were treated to up to ten plays or six cabaret acts, before voting for their favourite. The favourites then went through to the Gala Finals.
In Australia, the festival has made a huge impact on the Australian theatre scene. With Short+Sweet there is a unique opportunity for emerging, developing, and established artists to increase their skills of creation and performance. Applicants can enter the festival as independent artists or as an independent theatre company. Every year the festival works with thousands of actors, writers, directors, dancers, choreographers, composers, and singers to support their professional and personal development. The festival is continually on the lookout for new talent and always welcomes back old friends! Anyone can apply to be involved, regardless of their level of training and experience.
In addition to the theatre festival, Short+Sweet is also branching out into the world of film. From stage plays adapted into screenplays or original ideas for a film, the Short+Sweet Film Festival is now calling for entries for their inaugural year. 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. The film festival is open to filmmakers of all ages too, as well as all nationalities and all levels of experience.
The TPAC Connection
The Performing Arts Conservatory (TPAC) has a long and strong connection to the festival. First of all, the Brisbane festival Director is TPAC instructor, Sean Dennehy. Furthermore, many students from TPAC’s Screen and Stage Acting participate in the festival every year. In fact, TPAC graduates Jack Douglas and Ally O’Brien were in the winning production last year. Their play, “Match of The Century”, won Best Production, Peoples Choice, Best Writer, and Best Director for Short+Sweet 2015! Jack and Ally then flew with the rest of their group to LA this year, to participate in the International Short+Sweet Festival in Hollywood 2016. Held on the premises of the famous Stella Adler school, the team won Judges Choice to go on to the Gala Finals.
Now is an exciting time for TPAC film students too. With the Short+Sweet Film Festival now in the works, it’s a good time for our film students to flex their short form filmmaking muscles. And while the film festival is open to filmmakers with no experience, by enrolling in a course, like TPAC’s Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, you’ll set yourself up for the best chance to win.
“A lot can happen in ten minutes… and we’re here to prove it.” Short+Sweet festival
Since beginning around 22 years ago in Sydney, the festival has grown into a global institution. For more information go to www.shortandsweet.org