Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

In due course we will announce details of parallel Talks and Master Classes which will be included in our Film Festival Programme. Keep a weather eye for details both here and on our website.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

We have a limited number of complimentary rooms which the Paleochora Hotel & Rooms Association kindly offers to Officially Selected International visiting filmmakers.
(To be eligible, filmmakers must have reached Official Selection Status plus provide us with evidence of Travel to Crete arrangements/bookings.) There are also special hotel discounts available for Festival attendees, details can be found on our website

We are open to all genres of Short Films, with the exception of gratuitous Horror.

Our core festival team is made up of a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts and film professionals. Our goal is to provide the best possible communication and a fun, productive festival experience. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email and we will do our best to reply within 48hrs.

We look forward to your Film Submission.

Awards are not our top priority, great filmmaking is! If your Film is selected to screen at the Festival, it means we love it and know that our audience will too. We also expect to have to make tough choices about which films make it onto our Festival programme. However, since another of our big goals is to make this a Festival where Filmmakers take the opportunity to fully participate by attending our event, there is an LWSFF Award section reserved exclusively for participating Filmmakers who attend in person at our Festival in Paleochora.

Award Categories (All categories for Short Films) :
Best International Short Film
Best Greek Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best International Director
Best Greek Director
Best Cinematography International
Best Cinematography Greek
Best Original Music International
Best Original Music Greek
Best Editing International
Best Editing Greek
Best Screenplay International
Best Screenplay Greek
Best Short Film Cast International
Best Short Film Cast Greek
Best Short Animation
Best Comedy Short
Best Music Video

Best Feature (Narrative)
Best Feature (Documentary)

- Short Films up to 30 minutes are eligible

- We have a special inclusion Feature Film section, up to 100 minutes are eligible. We do NOT accept Horror Films

- As of 20/10/18 we have introduced a small Fee for the Greek Short Film category (submitters prior to this date will not be affected) If you are a Greek Filmmaker, permanently residing in Greece, a secondary option is to complete our Entry Form available on our website and request a Fee Waiver *Genuine Greek Short Filmmakers ONLY* Fee Waivers will be decided on a case by case basis.

- All International and International Greek Filmmakers must provide a working link (with or without password) to a digital screener on Vimeo or equivalent through FilmFreeway. Greek filmmakers who actually live in Greece (Proven Greek residents) will be considered by submission of Entry Form only (available on our WEBSITE). A working link to a screener (or alternative) will still be still required. (DVD's will Not be accepted) Fees are waived for proven Greek Residents. Files should not exceed 2GB.

- Screeners must be Downloadable (Mp4). Also, please make the ‘Watch Later’ feature available on Vimeo.

- All Short Film Genres eligible with the exception of Gratuitous Horror

- All films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English. While not obligatory, foreign language films that can provide both English and Greek subtitles are preferred.

- Make sure all licenses are cleared and in order before submitting. We are not liable to copyright infringement.

- Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.

- We do not pay Screening Fees

- The entry fee is not refundable.

- For International entries, only completed entries (payment and screener submitted) will be processed and considered for screening.

- To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

- Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration, along with your acceptance of Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival (LWSFF) regulations. By submitting to the festival, you confirm that the film is authorized to use all images, sounds and music appearing in the film. Your submission also implies that you have read and understood the festival regulations. Finally, you agree to allow LWSFF the use of your film and publicity materials from your film for promotional purposes.

- Once you submit your film, you agree that we can use your film data confidentially in order to develop our services

- There is no Premier requirement

- There are No Fee Waivers
(Only genuine entries to the Greek Short Film category will be considered for Fee Waivers on a case by case basis)

- With the exception of Trailers and Clips, we will Not publish your film anywhere online.

- Multiple entries by the same Filmmaker will be considered, however each separate entry will be subject to a separate submission fee.

- While we prefer otherwise, we will consider short films currently streaming on You Tube or other free or pay platforms

- While we prefer films completed on or after Jan 2013, we will consider films made in preceding years based on Merit.

- LWSFF reserves right to refuse acceptance of submissions deemed by the festival to be inappropriate

- Where deemed necessary, rules and terms are subject to change at the discretion of the Film Festival

- Our full Data Policy can be found on our website under Rules & Regulations

Overall Rating
  • Thank you very much for being part of your Festival! I look forward! for the new dates !!!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks :)

  • George Leontakianakos

    Just an amazing festival! I recommend it 100%! Perfect communication! 100% professionals! Thank you very much and good strength!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much. Without all of you, the creators, we are nothing.

  • Mike Reft

    This festival was the highlight of my year!
    The festival's Director, Linda McGuire ensured a warm welcome and unforgettable experience in the beautiful lost world of Paleochora.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    You are stellar Mike, we are so privileged that you attended our Festival in 2019. God willing, we'll see you again one of these days.

  • Gabriel Gallindo

    Paleochora Lost World was the full experience.
    I am from Brazil, travelled across the globe and to say it was worth every second would be an understatement.

    Artistically, I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the films selected. High level filmmaking. Thematically and technically enriching across the board. Plus the chance to debate and converse with the filmmakers in such a charming scenario fueled by delicious white wines meeting charismatic Greeks wherever you looked was cinematic in itself. Honored that the film I had the opportunity of directing caught the eye of the jury and made the cut.

    The public screenings at night mixing locals with the international filmmakers couldn’t be more fulfilling and diverse. Having the chance to screen a film where the very notion of narrative was born would have made Aristotle himself proud.

    Paleachora’s charming views as well as Crete’s stunning Mediterranean beaches are still no match to Linda McGuire’s caring reception. She is the Festival’s Director, a filmic connoisseur and just the most loving person you could ever hope to meet making one of the already most special moments in a filmmaker’s journey the absolute climax of any story.

    I will most definitely be back for more!
    If I were you, I wouldn’t miss it for the world, much less for the Lost World! Cheers! :-)

    September 2019
  • A special award should be given to the organizer Linda McGuire and to all the Ambassadors (the team) at the Paleochora Lost World Film Festival. Accolades to the entire town of Paleochora in Crete for hosting a spectacular film festival in one of the most exceptionally beautiful places in the world.

    The selection and caliber of films, all the directors present were top of the line and the hospitality and daily events surrounding the festival wonderful. Screenings at night in a graphic open air theater at town Hall among the warm and welcoming people of Paleochora.

    During the day, more screenings at the club Pearl Cavo with expansive views of the Mediterranean Sea. Meet & Greet with Cretan wines and gourmet Greek food. Every evening networking with other directors at hip summer bars and clubs. I networked with more directors and made more friends in 5 days then I've made in the last 5 years.

    From the first moment I was picked up by the kindest driver of the Psarakis taxi company to the accommodation at the amazing Aris Hotel⁠—the films, food, friendships. This is a jewel of a festival — be careful because you may not want to ever leave.

    July 2019