Sydney Olympic Park and Cinewest have been presenting Short Soup International Short Film Festival since 2003.  This year, City of Parramatta is an official supporter of this Western Sydney landmark celebrating cultural diversity through the art of moving images.

The festival was initiated by Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Cinewest as part of SOPA’s broader Arts and Cultural Program to be held annually. The festival targets audiences from Western Sydney and beyond presenting multi award winning short films at Cathy Freeman Boulevard on January 27, 2019 ending the very popular Movie Season at Sydney Olympic Park that is a free Public screen event.

‘One of the main objectives of Short Soup is to represent cultural diversity reflecting the ironic cultural heritage of Western Sydney.’ Says Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator)

This year, the festival presents 14 short films from Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, Uzbekistan truly representing the diversity in culture on the screen.

‘The festival received over 300 short films and made it very difficult to select the finalist!  This means that the selected films are the best of the world has to offer.  The films competing this year are mostly Australian, Asia-Pacific and World premieres.‘ Says Vahed

Short Soup consists of 3 categories to accommodate various genres and audience members commencing with Entree that are offbeat and experimental shorts followed by Main Course that are targeting families and Dessert that are MA15+ content for mature audiences.  The festival has one winner from each category judged by international filmmakers, producers and/or distributors.

This year, the festival invited 3 jury members from Australia Mr. Paul Barakat – award winning filmmaker from Western Sydney, Ms. Marcia Beatriz Granero from Brazil and Mr. Ardeshir Semsar from Iran.  We are always looking forward to have the results after the jury watched the films.‘ Says Vahed

The festival is held at Cathy Freeman Boulevard on January 27th and it is a free event to attend. The organisers are very excited to have City of Parramatta on board this year as a major supporter for the first time.  For further information and media related publicity please contact Mr. Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator) on 0402707010 and to find out about the finalists please visit

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