The Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights, was founded by the Athens Film Society (a Non-Profit Organisation) with the intention of highlighting lesser-known aspects/genres of independent cinema, introducing audiences to some of the best productions of the year and establishing itself as the ideal opening of the upcoming movie season. The Festival was launched in September 1995 and continues successfully until now.

According to a CINEMA magazine survey, the Festival audience roughly consists of 60.000 film-goers, who are interested in learning about the latest movie trends from all over the world and watching the most successful productions of the season before anyone else. Our goal is to present them with a handpicked selection of independent productions from all over the world.

International Competition:
Golden Athena for the Best Film
City of Athens Award for the Best Director
Award for the Best Script
Audience Award
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Stranger Than Fiction - International Competition:
Golden Athena for Best Documentary
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Greek Short Stories:
Award for the Best Film
Award for the 2nd Best Film
Award for the Best Director
Award for the Best Screenplay
Award for the Best Actress
Award for the Best Actor
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Greek Films:
Award for the Best Debut Film
Award for the Best Newcomer Director
Award for the Best Newcomer Actor
Award fot the Best Newcomer Actress

Terms and conditions
Greek Short Films Competition section

- The Greek Short Films Competition section permits the participation of any short film by a Greek and/or Cypriot director/producer that has completed production from September until the summer of each edition of the Festival.
- Screening exclusivity or Greek premiere of the film are not required for participation in the Competition section.
- In case the film is selected for the Competition section, there must be the ability to submit it in DCP.
- Directors and producers from Greece and Cyprus who wish to participate must submit their film exclusively through the web platform affiliated to the Festival.
- The films that will be selected by the programming team will be screened during the Festival, while a special jury will attribute the awards: Best Film (A' and B'), Direction, Screenplay, Male and Female Performance. The A' and B' awards for Best Film are accompanied by a cash prize with the support of the Greek Film Center.
- The submission deadline for the Greek Short Films Competition section for the 25th Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights is the 7th of July 2019. Only the films that are submitted through the FilmFreeway platform will be accepted.

Όροι και προϋποθέσεις
Διαγωνιστικό τμήμα Ελληνικών ταινιών Μικρού Μήκους

Στο Διαγωνιστικό δικαιούται να συμμετάσχει κάθε ελληνική ταινία μικρού μήκους που έχει ολοκληρώσει την παραγωγή της από το Σεπτέμβριο του 2018 μέχρι και το καλοκαίρι του 2019. Για τη συμμετοχή στο Διαγωνιστικό δεν απαιτείται αποκλειστικότητα προβολής ή ελληνικής πρεμιέρας της ταινίας. Στην περίπτωση που η ταινία επιλεγεί στο διαγωνιστικό τμήμα, θα πρέπει να υπάρχει η δυνατότητα υποβολής της σε DCP. Σκηνοθέτες και παραγωγοί από Ελλάδα και Κύπρο που επιθυμούν να συμμετέχουν, μπορούν να υποβάλουν την ταινία τους μέσω της ηλεκτρονικής πλατφόρμας FilmFreeway μέχρι και τις 7 Ιουλίου 2019.

Οι ταινίες που θα επιλεχθούν, θα προβληθούν κατά τη διάρκεια του Φεστιβάλ, ενώ ειδική κριτική επιτροπή θα απονείμει βραβεία Καλύτερης Ταινίας (Α' και Β'), Σκηνοθεσίας, Σεναρίου, Ανδρικής και Γυναικείας Ερμηνείας. Το Α' και Β' βραβείο Καλύτερης ταινίας θα συνοδεύονται από χρηματικά έπαθλα, λεπτομέρειες για το οποίο θα ανακοινωθούν σύντομα.

Δεκτές θα γίνονται μόνο όσες ταινίες υποβάλλονται μέσα από την πλατφόρμα FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Marios Lizides

    This beautiful festival in the heart of Athens is not to be missed. It shows a great selection of films and it is a treat both for film-goers and film-makers alike!

    October 2019
  • Yeorgia M. Sotirchou

    I looove this festival!!! I loooove this team!!!!

    October 2019
  • Stelios Koukouvitakis

    As always the AIFF is one of a kind: great programming, some of the best cinemas of the city and a great vibe amongst the audience. Programmers and staff will go the extra mile to accomodate the filmmakers!

    May 2019
  • Antonis Glaros

    Great to be part of AIFF! Enjoyed it!!

    January 2019