UPDATE: In light of Coronavirus, we want to assure our filmmakers that we are fully committed to run our events and honor all filmmakers who have submitted to us from around the world. New dates will be announced soon on FilmFreeway and our social media channels.

Athens Short Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to a night of independent short films, in the cultural heart of Greece.

Short films take a special place in the cinema universe. They are harder to access, and have difficulties reaching larger audiences, but their position outside of mainstream cinema and their length allows the filmmakers more experimentation and artistic freedom.

At Athens Short Film Festival, in collaboration with Mikrokosmos cinema, we aim to give a platform to documentary and fiction short films that are challenging our ideas of cinema and art, and are telling a story worth watching.

Short films of all genres are welcome. Maximum length: 30 minutes.


ASFF is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

Films nominated for an award are part of our official selection, and are eligible for screening at the festival. We will be announcing the winners after the awards. Laurels will be available upon request.

The categories are:
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Drama
Best Short Comedy
Best Short Experimental
Best Animated Short
Best Music Video
Best Greek Production
Best Directing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Writing

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2019.

✓ Short films must not exceed 30 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Mikrokosmos, Athens, Greece.

✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating

    Very good films and perfectly organized.

    May 2020
  • Per Sundström

    A very nice little film festival with great potential and good communication. Unfortunately I couldn't attend but I was very happy for the award.

    October 2018
  • Wonderful festival, great support for new and established independent film makers. Highly recommended 10/10 Thank you to all the festival team!

    June 2018
  • Such a great festival. It was an honor having our film awarded with the Best Short Film award. Great people, great communication and an excellent film lineup. Thank you again!

    June 2018