Tunks is ‘doing things a little differently this year’. When it comes to judging as well as the usual ‘Judge’s Choice’ and ‘The People’s Choice’ votes, there will be a new award
Entering its sixteenth year, the Sydney, Short+Sweet festival celebrated in style with birthday cake to boot. Launching its 2017 season at The Depot Theatre in Marrickville, the biggest short play festival in the world gives emerging talent the fantastic opportunity to flex their creative chops. With a strong team behind it – founded in 2001 by Mark Cleary, guided by this year’s literary agent, Pete Malicki and lead by this year’s incomparable festival director, Wayne Tunks — Short+Sweet is bound to continue hitting milestones.
2017’s season sounds exciting with plays ranging from politically motivated through to farce. Short+Sweet Sydney has an onslaught of exciting new young talent taking part in the festival with new directors ranging from 15-19 years of age.
Tunks is ‘doing things a little differently this year’. When it comes to judging as well as the usual ‘Judge’s Choice’ and ‘The People’s Choice’ votes, there will be a new award. ‘The Festival Director’s Choice’ awarded by Tunks himself, to a play that is both compelling and a sound collaboration that has worked succinctly as a team.
With Tunks as the first openly gay Short+Sweet Festival Director, and with the festival coinciding with Mardi Gras, there will be a LGBT section of the season (not part of the official selection) giving the LGBT community a prominent voice.
Also new to the line up is Short+Sweet Film. Co-Festival Director of the film strand, Alison Crew, was excited by this initiative. Maintaining the Short+Sweet brand all films must be 10 minutes or less and can be shot and edited on any device.
Short+Sweet seems to have bred a life of it’s own, staging some 5000 ten minute plays across Australia and worldwide. It’s no wonder this big little-play festival is such a hit; it’s a remarkable venture giving creatives the opportunity to develop their skills and showcase some phenomenal storytelling.
Short+Sweet Sydney will run from Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.