Short+Sweet and SAE Launch International Film Festival

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8 Aug 2019




Short+Sweet and SAE Launch International Film Festival

8 Aug 2019

The ‘world’s biggest little festival’ has joined forces with one of the world’s biggest media schools to create a global student film fest!

The Short+Sweet SAE International Film Festival is a partnership between Short+Sweet International (S+S) and SAE Creative Media Institute campuses worldwide. 

S+S is renowned for spreading the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe with festivals as far afield as India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ.

The festival is open to current SAE students and recent alumni both in Australia and internationally. Shortlisted works will be showcased to an industry audience in Los Angeles @ Marilyn Monroe Theatre (Lee Strasberg Institute) in West Hollywood on October 1 as part of the fourth S+S Hollywood Festival.

The two best films selected by both audience and jury will be entered into the S+S Short Film Festival Hollywood (October 15) and be eligible to be selected as finalists in the International S+S Gala Final to be held on Oct 22. 

Any film that progresses to the Oct 22 event will be eligible for nomination for an Academy Award (in the categories of Documentary or Animation) thanks to a partnership between S+S and American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs).

There will also be a series of live events in support of local and international participants at SAE campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other locations around the world.

SAE Australasia General Manager Lee Aitken said it was an amazing opportunity for SAE students to showcase their talent on a world stage as one creative community.

"Students from our global campuses will come together to showcase their work to film industry decision makers in Hollywood: It's the chance of a lifetime for many of our aspiring film-makers. I'm really excited that through this partnership, we’re able to provide such an exciting opportunity to our students."

According to Melbourne-based Festival Director Sian Mitchell (SAE senior lecturer in film), partnering with S+S on this festival presented career opportunities for students. 

“The chance to have their films seen by audiences and industry, both around the world and particularly in Los Angeles, is an important step in their careers.”

S+S has also announced a new, breakthrough sponsorship with NBC Universal in Hollywood. According to S+S Founder Mark Cleary: “This is a fantastic opportunity for artists from around the world to have their work showcased at the highest level.

Submissions are currently open on FilmFreeway. If you are a current student or recent alumni, please contact your campus film lecturer for further details on how to enter.