“5th International Crete Film Festival Awards”, for short and long fiction films.

The Festival will take place in Ierapetra, Crete from 03/08/2024 to 23/08/2024

Submit your films to compete in the Festival's monthly awards for November. Winners will automatically advance for the Festival's annual awards in August.

Greek Competition Section Long Fiction films

Best Greek Picture Award
Directing Award
Writing (Original Screenplay) Award
Actor In a Leading Role Award
Actress In a Leading Role Award
Actor In a Supporting Role Award
Actress In a Supporting Role Award
Cinematografphy Award
Film Editing Award
Music (Original Score) Award
Music (Original Song) Award
Sound (Editing And Mixing) Award
Scenography Award
Costume Design Award
Makeup Award
Visual Effect Award
Audience Award
Special Festival Award

Greek Competition Section Short Fiction films

Best Greek Short Film Award
Best Greek Cartoon Film Award (only activated if more than three films are included).
International Competition of long Fiction Films

Best International Picture Award
Directing Award
Writing (Original Screenplay) Award
Actor In a Leading Role Award
Actress In a Leading Role Award
Cinematografphy Award
Editing Award
Music (Original Score) Award
Makeup Award
Visual Effect Award
Audience Award
Special Festival Award
International Short Feature Film Competition

Best International Short Picture Award

The International Film Festival of Crete & Awards is
organized by Chrysea nonprofit corporation, from August 3th to 23th, 2024.
Film viewing has been scheduled at theaters (Melina Mercury, “Tzami”
Venetian Castle) and at external places (Tzami Square).
Aim of the festival. The Festival’s main purpose is the promotion of Art of
Fiction Film making, presenting a multifaceted universal film program
during the event.
One of the important aims of the festival is the promotion and the
diffusion of Film Fiction production, as well the cooperation and the
development of spirit of friendship amongst the artists.
However, equally important is highlighting the local civilization
and especially the Minoan one and its contribution to Universal Culture.
The aim of the festival is, therefore, the qualitative upgrade of cultural and
intellectual life in local, national and international level, because we
believe that culture and cultivation of the intellect are indispensable
requisites of our lives.
The Festival is an annual institution and is divided into Panorama
where international or national Film Fiction productions (awarded or
not), are viewed and the Competition Section.
Terms of Participation.
a. Production Year of All the Competition Section films should be 2020‐2023.
b. All Greek and foreign Directors have the right to participate,
irrelevantly if they live and work in Greece or abroad.
c. The Fiction Films are divided into short films (duration up to 50
minutes) and feature films (duration over 50 min)
d. The festival accepts the following film formats for viewing: mp4 file with HD resolution or vimeo link or link with HD resolution.
e. Special attention will be given to the film’s artistic quality as a total.
Films which do not fulfill the above features will be excluded
from the Festival.
f. 1/The films will be viewed with original dialogues and the foreign films must have Greek subtitles.
"The films will be screened in their original language, with Greek subtitles.
If the dialogues are in Greek, then the films will be shown with English Subtitles. Copies of the pre-selection process are submitted in Greek (if they are in foreign languages ".
2/ If dialogues are Greek, the film must have English subtitles.
3/ Copies for the preselection process will be submitted with Greek
subtitles in mp4 file.
4/ Only one film per participant and film category will be accepted.
5)The Festival is strictly a cultural institution. Viewing fees will not be given to
any film.
Participation Regulations. Film Directors and Producers are obliged to
complete and submit the participation form, in which technical data of
the Fiction Film will be stated. They are also obliged to comply with the
terms and rules of the festival.
a. Deadline for submissions is June 2nd, 2024.
b. The same deadline ( June 3nd, 2024) applies also in case an
application form has been e-mailed by the director or producer. In this
case the signed hard copy of the application form and the copies of the
film (mp4 file in HD Resolution) should be sent by registered mail
to the festival address:
International Film Festival of Crete Organizing Team
Stratigou Samouil 22 Ierapetra Greece, 72200,
Tel. 2842110938, Mob. 6948541393
Astrous 100, Kolonos, Athens, 10442
c. The festival will contact only the selected film directors/ producers
until June 30th 2024.
d. After submitting the application, the director/producer have no
right to withdraw their application for any reason.
e. Participation details and application form can be found at the
festival site:
All applications should include:
Application form properly filled in and signed by the director and
the producer plus accompanying material consisted of:
1. Mp4 file in HD resolution
2.or Vimeo link in HD resolution to download it.
The above mp4 files should have Greek subtitles embedded (in
case of English dialogues) or English (in case of Greek dialogues).
3. Film Summary (up to 140 words) in Greek (optional for foreign
participants) and English in digital format.
4. Director’s Biography (up to 70 words) in Greek (optional for
foreign participants) and English in digital format.
5. Four (4) snapshots of the film (horizontal) and one (1) director’s
photo, preferably 10Χ15 εκ. at 300 dpi or corresponding size.
6. Director’s Filmography as a column from latest to oldest (Date,
Title, Genre) in Greek and English in digital format
7. Trailer / DEMO of the film in DVD disk for viewing.
8. Supplementary advertising material (posters, brochures) if
7) Hosting: The Festival will host the film director for 1 night.
8) Organizers have the right to arrange accordingly any issue not covered
by these terms and regulations.
9) Scenes from the Fiction Film (less of 10% of total duration) can be
used for publicity purposes (internet, TV etc.)
10) The Festival has the privilege to show the selected Films in
other affiliated Festivals, strictly for cultural and social purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Rudolf Mestdagh

    My worst festival experience in 32 years of filmmaking!
    I regret I submitted my film and that I paid for my own flight and hotel to go to this attempt of organizing a festival.
    Don't make the same mistake as me. Go to the Tessaloniki Film Festival instead, and go to Crete for holiday but forget about the Ierapetra Film Festival because it is a joke, a one woman-show of Eleni Vlassi (writer-director-producer-journalist and artistic director of this festival) and for her own benefit solely.
    A true disgrace!
    Rudolf Mestdagh (writer-directed-producer of the film Looking For A Heart Of Gold), awarded over 20 times, at real film festivals.

    September 2023

    Thank you for all. 100 % recomended

    August 2023
  • Thanks 😊 for the selection of my short movies.
    Women's Names
    Like the Eagle

    August 2023
  • A wonderful festival that's focused on showcasing new filmmakers. It was truly an honor to be selected, and the staff are so awesome and accommodating in their communications with our movie, the Lion of Judah Legacy! Thanks!

    August 2023
  • George Panteleakis

    One of the best Mediterranean festivals a pillar for Independent Film makers showcasing Indie originals. Our film "Wolfman Radio" received four awards, Best Film, Best SCript, Best Female and Best Male Actor, totally unexpected! This was the happiest moment of all the awards received in my walkabout so far, coming from the heart of a festival with over 2500 film submissions for this year alone. Thanks again Ierapetra, for a movie created in isolation its release through your festival in this manner justified all the effort, the gratification is a gift, bless you.

    August 2023