Short. Sweet. Film Fest. Submissions & Competition

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

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.