Short. Sweet. Film Fest. Submissions & Competition

The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. is currently accepting submissions for the 2023 festival and applications for their 

The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. is a short film-only film festival created by actual filmmakers. They found it challenging to showcase their own short films at film festivals that mainly program around feature films. In the age of streaming, there are more opportunities than ever before to share your work, but they often asked themselves, “do we really want to premiere our short film alongside silly kitten videos?” Even though they love kittens (who doesn’t?), they love short films more and want to present them in the professional setting they deserve.

With eleven festivals under their belt, their goal for their twelfth annual film festival is to showcase films under 40 minutes to the growing art scene in the Greater Cleveland area and highlight the works of student to veteran filmmakers across the country. They look for short, sweet, original, and unique films that would often soar under the radar of most festivals. Their staff are looking for the best short films locally, nationally, and internationally. So send them their way!

Students should submit to the short student film category to receive a significant discount on the submission fee.

The festival will take place at Atlas Cinemas in the heart of downtown Shaker Square.

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Important Dates:

  • Late Submission – November 30th, 2022
  • Final Deadline – December 31st, 2022
  • Notification Date – January 20, 2023
  • Festival – March 1 – 5, 2023


The Short. Sweet. Film Competition. challenges filmmakers from Cleveland to around the world to make the sweetest short film under 5 minutes. It is FREE to sign up for a team and teams will pick a “sweet” film prompt on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Atlas Cinemas Shaker Square. If you cannot attend then prompts will be drawn for you to choose from.

Teams will then create their film and upload it to the Short. Sweet. website by Sunday, Feb. 12 at 11:59pm EST. Films entered by this deadline will premiere at the 12th Annual Short. Sweet. Film Fest. on Sunday, March 5 at Atlas Cinemas Shaker Square.

The films will be reviewed and judged by a separate team of judges. The top film will receive a check for $250, the second place team will receive a check for $150, and the third place team will receive a check for $50!

All teams must fill out the form to enter by Friday, Jan. 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please contact the festival here with any further questions.


WIFTOH Membership Special: Become a Member Today and Pay in January 2023

Become a member of Women in Film & Television Ohio today and don’t pay until January 2023!

Women in Film & Television Ohio is a non-profit membership organization uniting women working in the film, television and other screen-based industries including executive, creative, and technical fields.

Memberships are $40 annually, $20 for students.

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Membership Benefits include:

  • Free and discounted admission to programs and events
  • Access to crew database (local & national)
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exclusive discounts on products and services
  • Membership in WIFTUS

WIFTOH Programs & Events include:

  • Networking Mixers
  • Writer’s Series
  • WIFTOH Film / Script Showcase
  • Acting Workshops
  • Speaker Series
  • Headshot-A-Thon

Cleveland Public Theatre Hiring Multiple Positions

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is now hiring for multiple positions — click the links below for complete job descriptions. CPT will be accepting applications for these positions until the roles are filled.

For a complete list of job openings please visit this link.




CPT is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Its mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking theatre and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through its annual theatrical season, featuring between 6-12 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and CPT annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.5 million a year. CPT has 22 full-time staff members. 

Cleveland Play House Hiring Multiple Positions

Cleveland Play House

The Cleveland Playhouse (CPH) is currently hiring for multiple positions.

See this page for full job descriptions and application instructions.

CPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CPH is on a journey to become an anti-racist theatre that actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.




CIFF47 Call for Entries Now Open

The 47th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) call for entries is now open!

CIFF47 will take place March 22 – April 1, 2023 in person at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, OH.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THEATRICAL SCREENINGS AT CIFF47 WILL BE IN DCP (FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS).* Thus, all invited films will be required to send a DCP file for exhibition.

CIFF is excited to return to its new forever home, the beautiful and iconic Playhouse Square – also the largest performing arts district in the U.S., outside of New York City. CIFF will continue to follow guidance and protocols based on science and community circumstances, in relation to COVID-19. All Festival details (including dates, format, and venues) are subject to change.

At this time, details about CIFF47 Streams (the virtual/online component of CIFF) are yet to be determined. We will update this page and notify all selected films in the festival as we have news.

CIFF47 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting, and over $130,000 in cash awards. CIFF Speaks (the organization’s podcast series) will be returning with episodes surrounding and during the Festival.

CIFF is committed to offering screening fees or travel assistance for all feature and short films accepted into the Festival. In a time of many changes, CIFF is happy to report that they continue to be one of the few Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of shorts films—live-action, animated, and documentary. CIFF accepts films of any runtime, any genre, and from every country.

As always, CIFF will provide written feedback from their Screening Team—a diverse volunteer committee comprised of 150 film enthusiasts assembled from their audience base, ranging from industry professionals to local film students. CIFF is also happy to once again offer submission waivers to any CIFF alum whose current film meets the CIFF47 requirements.

No matter what the future holds, the Cleveland International Film Festival remains dedicated to supporting the work of filmmakers everywhere and uniting their community through the power of film.

For all questions related to submissions, please see their Terms and Conditions or email [email protected].

CIFF thanks you for sharing your films with them!


Dates & Deadlines

  • July 1 – Opening Date
  • July 31 – Earlybird Deadline
  • August 31 – August Deadline
  • September 30 – September Deadline
  • October 31 – October Deadline
  • November 30 – November Deadline
  • December 30 – Final Deadline
  • January 6, 2023 – Extended Deadline
  • February 24, 2023 – Notification Date
  • March 22 – April 1, 2023 – Festival Dates

Film Fellowships, Labs, Festivals and More | The Light Leaks

The Light Leaks (LLC) is a community hub that supports, empowers and educates female and gender non-conforming (GNC) filmmakers.

The Light Leaks is sharing an updated list of opportunities for creators curated by the TLL team. Scroll through to find fellowships, labs, festivals and more! And if you have an opportunity you’d like to share with the TLL community, please email [email protected].

Click here for current opportunities (fellowships, labs, festivals and more).

Black Film Space (BFS) for Black Filmmakers & Creatives

Black Film Space (BFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the careers of Black filmmakers.

Their mission is to provide skill-enhancing opportunities, community building experiences and knowledge on navigating the film industry for people of African descent.

Black Film Space hosts events that include film screenings, panels, networking mixers, professional development workshops, skill sharing, and open forums.

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Join Black Film Space every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30pm EASTERN TIME for their Virtual Screenwriting Workshops. During the meetings, they will read one 15 page (or less) script and offer constructive feedback.

If you’d like to have your script read, e-mail  after you RSVP. Submissions are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A Program

Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A Program
Created by Safe Sets International

This program is designed to communicate the most current health and safety information relevant to our community of filmmakers, producers, crew, and industry professionals. The materials have been sourced using reputable, science-driven resources and reviewed by medical experts.

While information for this particular virus continually develops, the science behind infectious disease control is relevant to many viruses – from common cold to pandemics – so the information in these guidelines should be adhered to moving forward. Additionally, all rules and guidance from municipal, provincial/state, and federal government bodies must be followed.

By completing this course and receiving a Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A certificate, you will demonstrate to your team that upholding a safe production environment is important, and that you value their health and safety.

Our industry practices have forever changed. Share this course with your team to help them understand the new protocols and practices for production. Our goal is to for everyone to practice safe sets!


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