Short. Sweet. Film Fest & Competition

The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. is a short film only film festival created by actual filmmakers. The eleventh annual Fest will 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.

Final Deadline: December 31st, 2021 ($60 Online or Mail Submission Fee, $45 via Gold Film Freeway Members*)


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

You can submit your film to the 2022 festival via one of two ways:

1. Submit online through FilmFreeway:

2. Submit via mail to:

Short. Sweet. Film Fest.
11459 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

NOTE: If you are submitting through mail, please mail check and digital copy of film to above address. Checks should be made out to Short. Sweet. Film Fest. LLC

If you are submitting through mail you must fill out the Entry Form and it must be scanned and emailed to: [email protected]


  • Productions made after January 1, 2015 may be submitted.
  • Do not submit works in progress.
  • Do not submit industrial or instructional works.
  • All films submitted must be available in .mov format for presentation. No exceptions.
  • A majority of films in digital video formats will be transferred temporarily onto a hard drive system for presentation.
  • Filmmakers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to send films with closed captioning if selected as they will be featured in additional programming and prominently displayed within the online festival.
  • All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, December 31st, 2021.
  • Flash or Memory sticks submitted will NOT be returned.
  • Films selected for the Short. Sweet. Film Fest. will be announced no later than Friday, January 21st, 2022.
  • Prints or videos for presentation must arrive no later than Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.


All selections are eligible to win best, outstanding, or honorable mention in their respective categories. These awards will be announced at the end of programming for each category of film and the top festival award will be announced on Saturday, February 26th, 2022. The top screenplay award winners will be announced in advance and will be read live at a table reading during the film festival and recorded in advance to be streamed online. The table readings will be directed and read by Cleveland based directors and actors and the readings will be free and open to the public, so screenwriters may receive the maximum amount of exposure.


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 Wednesday, January 5th at 7pm at the Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in Cleveland.  If you cannot attend then we will draw prompts for you to choose.

Teams will then create their film and upload it to our website by Sunday, February 6th at 11:59pm EST.  Films entered by this deadline will premiere at the 11th Annual Short. Sweet. Film Fest. on Sunday, February 27th at the Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in Cleveland.

The films will be reviewed and judged by a separate team of judges.  The top film will receive a check for $200.  The top 3 teams will all receive a 2 hour auditorium rental at Atlas Cinemas Shaker Square (dates and times of rental are subject to availability), 2-for-1 passes at Atlas Cinemas Shaker Square, and swag from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

All teams must fill out THE FORM AT THIS LINK by Wednesday, January 5th at 5pm. 

Please contact the Fest here with any further questions.