culture by Kris Cuaresma

The biggest little festival is back in Manila

Your 10-minute film may be your ticket to Hollywood.

This year, the Short + Sweet Festival returns to the country, once again inviting local artists of all shapes and sizes to give their best 10-minute act or work. Originally founded in Sydney in 2002 by Mark Clear, the event started out as performing arts festival featuring acts that were 10 minutes or less. It has grown immensely since, spreading across its native Australia to New Zealand, India, Malaysia, the UAE as well as the US and UK.

The event has been in the country since 2014 at venues such as the University of the Philippines and SM Aura. Apart from the performing arts festival which will run this year at Power Mac Center in Circuit Makati, Short + Sweet is inviting filmmakers for the first time to submit their best 10-minute movie. Entries can be shot and edited on any device, and there are no restrictions on the genre, style or on the technical aspect apart from the length. Due permission to use must be sought in any image, storyline, music or other elements used in the film, and English titles are required for stories using other languages for them to be accepted to Short + Sweet Festivals outside the country.

“I think the nice thing about the festival, the format is it is quite open and not too constrained,” says Australian Embassy Counsellor Richard Rodgers. S+S Film Festival director James Harvey Estrada encourages everyone to take advantage of the event’s flexibility. According to him, they could shoot and submit their films as long as they have a solid story and message to tell. “Trust yourself, just go shoot and send that message across,” he says.

The deadline of submission of films is until the 20th of June, and chosen entries will be screened on June 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Natividad Auditorium of De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila. Awards will be given for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Play to Film Adaptation, Best Actor, Best Actress and People’s Choice.

Local selections will compete with entries from other Asian countries in a Regional Gala Night in SM Aura. Winning films will be part of the lineup of Short + Sweet’s International Gala Night at the Egyptian Theater Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Art by Justin Perez

Kris Cuaresma
Kris Cuaresma
Kris Cuaresma usually thinks in pictures and videos but she’s ready to explore the world and discover new skills. Follow her on Instagram at @kriscuaresma.
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