A first of its kind, the Philippine edition of the international movement “Short+Sweet” has brought its inaugural film format in Manila.
Short+Sweet is the biggest 10-minute performing arts festival in the world with events in more than 30 cities across 12 countries. Since 2002, when Mark Cleary founded Short+Sweet in Sydney, Australia, the festival has already churned more than 5,000 original new works in theatre, music and dance.
In the Philippines, the festival’s theater component has been present since 2014.
The film component was introduced in the beginning of the current year and Manila—along with Chennai, India; Sydney, Australia; and Hollywood, California, USA—is among the cities to first adopt it.
As such, Short+Sweet Manila, headed by film festival director, James Harvey Estrada, is calling for more filmmakers to join the inaugural edition.
“There’s no better story than the story you know. What’s your battle cry? What do you want to tell the world? If you think you have something to share, just go and write and shoot it,” Estrada encouraged.
Both professional and student filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short film entry—which must run from five to 10 minutes (excluding credits)—until June 20. Participants may send their entries or inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
There are no content restrictions and genre styles to observe. Filmmakers are urged to go out, explore and discover new colors, trends and flavors of cinematic experience.
It can also be shot and edited on any device that, however, the filmmaker must have permission to use any images, storylines, music and other elements in the film.
Moreover, the entry can be in any language or dialect but must have an English subtitle if the filmmaker wants it to be eligible for other regional editions.
Out of all the entries sent to Short+Sweet Film Festival in Manila, two movies will be selected to join the festival’s Red Carpet Finale at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California along with the other films from all over the world.
The international winner will receive a professional development valued at over $50,000 from Stella Adler Studio of Acting, which has produced alumni such as Mark Ruffalo, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando and Harvey Keitel, to name a few.
Meanwhile, local prizes include Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, People’s Choice, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Additionally, a film that is short-listed in Manila will also be eligible for express entry (until 2018) to other Short+Sweet Film Festivals including Sydney, Melbourne, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Dubai, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and more.
While there are no restrictions for the festival, Estrada shared to The Sunday Times Magazine one tip for future participants.
“It’s not easy to tell your story in 10 minutes or less. We Filipinos love to tell stories and give the tiniest details. But filmmakers simply have to be concise with their message. The right shots will call for the solid story—and that’s precisely the challenge of creating a 5-to-10-minute film.”
The first S+S Film Festival in Manila heats will be happening on July 1, 8, 15 and 22, at the Natividad Auditorium, De La Salle University College of St. Benilde, Manila, Philippines.