In a Nutshell

International Alexandria Short Film Festival (IASFF) is an innovative, independent, and ever-developing festival since its inception in 2015. Based in the rural area of Alexandria, Northern Greece aimed to stir up the cultural mud, and gradually grow beyond the local boundaries.

Our concern is to deliver an original and well-curated experience of cinema. Our efforts focus on screening films of all genres, showcasing classic and current topics that reflect our modern era. Our urgency is to remain committed to our values and responsive to social reality. In this regard, we have established a special section to our programme dedicated to the Environment. Furthermore, we have changed the festival's operation and function, complying with more sustainable standards.

The programme encompasses special and parallel events, including special screenings, workshops in collaboration with academic and professional partners, musical events, installations, and more. The multifaceted events designed to enhance the festival’s range and further enrich the experience.Thus, we engage the local social network in our activities, promoting new initiatives and collaborations.

Prompted by the independent and international character, we strongly encourage whoever participates in the Festival to be part of our interwoven and multidimensional activities that aspire to achieve social synergy beyond geographic, linguistic, or other barriers. We think and act glocally!

Apart from the annual rendezvous by the end of June, we organize screenings in collaboration with other festivals and relevant partners. We distribute a specially curated program called “IASFF TRAVELS”, consisting of our awarded shorts and special selections. The distribution to our network brings us and the filmmakers closer to a broader audience.

We call filmmakers whose work is selected, artists, and potential collaborators to be present during the festival in order to share the atmosphere and engage with our community.

Join us!

1. Best International Film Award
2. Best Greek Film Award
3. Original Screenplay Award
4. Audience Award
5. Best Direction Award
6. Original Music Award
Special Mention

1. All short films submitted should have English subtitles. PLEASE MAKE SURE your film has an SRT file with English subtitles. The festival reserves the right to exclude submissions without English subtitles.


3. The production of the films submitted must be completed between 2020 and 2023.

4. Entries that have been submitted to one of our previous festivals are not considered eligible.

5. Short films’ running time must not exceed 20 minutes (the Selection Committee reserves the right to accept longer films in exceptional cases). Please do not state false running time if your film exceeds the accepted running time which is 20 min.

6. Entry Fee: Earlybird is 3,00 USD for all films submitted until the end of 2022 and for the last 2 months (January & February 2023) is 5,00 USD.

7. Entry Fee: Greek filmmakers are eligible to submit their shorts for free. The submissions’ deadline is February 28th, 2023. We reserve the right to disqualify any film submitted to the Greek short films section, which is not a Greek production.

8. A trailer with English subtitles should be sent along with full press kit (film stills, summary, crew, poster etc.) for promotional purposes. (This applies only to the films selected for the festivals' screenings)

9. The final copy that will be screened in the Alexandria Short Film Festival should be available in:
File Format: mp4
Codec: H.264
Resolution: 1920×1080 Aspect ratio: 16:9Scan type: Progressive Bitrate: 10000 – 12000 Kbps Frame rate: 25 fps
Audio: AΑC, 256 – 320 Kbps, 48000 Hz

10. IASF retains the right - along with the creators’ consent (director, producer) - to screen some of the submitted films as part of our side projects after the end of the Festival, such as the project “IASF TRAVELS” (see above).

11. The Alexandria Short Film Festival will cover hospitality expenses of the participating filmmakers for two overnights. The travel expenses are not covered.

12. The Alexandria Short Film Festival retains the right to reject any submission on the following conditions:
a) the submission is incomplete
b) the material is sent overdue
c) The content of the film is offensive and/or promotes hate speech, any sort of discrimination.

13. The Alexandria Short Film Festival retains the right to reject any submission not compatible with its identity and mission, as reflected above.

14. The Alexandria Short Film Festival decides and is responsible for the screening schedule of the films (day and hour) during the Festival’s period.

15. The Alexandria Short Film Festival has the right to use the trailers or parts of the participating films for promotional purposes.

16. Participants are expected to give interviews to the Festival’s communication team and media sponsors, and to be available for photo shootings if asked.
Bear in mind that part of the Festival will be filmed for archival and promotional purposes.

17. Participation in the Alexandria Short Film Festival implies acceptance of the above regulations.

For any questions or further information please contact: OR

Overall Rating
  • Great festival in a small town, with hospitality, superb program and sweet people

    July 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Thanos for your review and for submitting your short film to our festival. We hope to see your next project in one of our following festival editions.

  • Amazing Festival! Great hospitality! Thank you very much for honoring our film. It was really nice being able to attend the festival.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Zina for attending our Festival!
    It has been an honor to host you and meet you!
    We wish you the best with your film and Congratulations again on winning the Best Greek film Award in IASFF7.

  • Ana Čigon

    I was not able to come to the festival, but the comunication and PR were amazing and engaging. With all the problems with Covid and the obstacles it created, I think the festival team worked really hard and did an amazing job, finding a new wonderful venue, inviting the artists to give video statements about the film, inviting them to the festival and creating really a wonderful programme. Thank you!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Ana, we did our Best to make it happen. To do it online or cancel it was not an option for us. We worked Hard because we love our festival and we are happy to see it happen. We hope our next 7th edition will be Covid-19 free. Thank you for sending your film and we hope we can meet in the future!

  • Joan Bentosela

    Very good festival, very interesting programming and very good communication.
    Thank you so much for selecting my short film GONE.
    Pity I can't attend the festival this year.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Joan Bentosela thank you for your review and thank so much for sending us your film GONE. Our program was interesting because we had very good films and communication is very important to us! Wishing you success with all your work!

  • Dekel Berenson

    Thank you for screening ANNA and for the award, and for organizing the festival even in this difficult year!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations for the award and Thank you for submitting your film ANNA to our festival. I hope you will submit another Film for our next Festival.
    Best of luck with your work.