About Us

Short & Sweet’s core vision is to educate, inspire and empower through the medium of short film by continuously reinventing the cinema experience.

Each of our screenings is carefully curated to take people on a journey: creatively, personally, emotionally.

Short & Sweet was founded in London by Julia Stephenson. On Monday, 8 May 2006, her vision became a reality and London’s only weekly short film evening was born. For the next five and a half years a different selection of the finest short films, music videos and short animations from around the globe were screened every week to a packed audience. Through it’s proven formula, Short & Sweet actively works to spread the power of short film with hubs already in Toronto, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and South Africa.

Short & Sweet’s weekly screenings offer a much needed platform to showcase work from established and undiscovered filmmakers.

When filmmakers are selected to have their films screened they become part of the Short & Sweet family forever. From then on we will support those filmmakers in any way we can. (Submit your film here.)

The Short & Sweet head office is based in Cape Town, South Africa. All year round Short & Sweet hosts short film screenings and cinematic experiences throughout the country: Short & Sweet Seasons / Indoor Experiential / Open-Air Screenings /Drive-In Cinema Experiences / Rooftops Screenings / Silent Cinema (wireless headphones) / Kids’ Cinema / Rural and Township Screenings / Corporate Screenings / Team Building Functions.

If you would like to host your own cinema experience, you have come to the right place – we are the experts in outdoor cinema rentals. Short & Sweet owns the largest inflatable screen in South Africa and we pride ourselves in offering our audiences the most magical cinema experience indoors and outdoors. For more information about all our screens and equipment:

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What is a Short Film?

Founding Director and Curator Julia Stephenson, shares her views.

“Since arriving back in South Africa, I often get asked ‘So, What exactly is a short film.’  I always struggle to answer this question, because it’s a medium that needs to be experienced in order to be understood.

Short film combines all kinds of media making it the most creative art form out there. There is a fine art to a well crafted short film, which makes this medium a must for young filmmakers: short film allows directors to experiment with techniques, gain confidence, and get recognised. It is a great training ground for feature films. What I love about short films is that unlike a feature film there’s no room for distractions. Good short film scripts are lean, focused and visually stimulating. Short films, when done well, have an incredible ability to connect with our emotions. Sometimes we like the feeling, sometimes we don’t – but connecting with a film that has been made from someone living on the opposite side of the universe, proves that we are all one.

Art is universal, stories need to be told, Short film is the medium of the future!”

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