Pharos BI Short Film Festival is an international competitive film festival created by filmmakers and dedicated to the short form. In 2023, PBISFF celebrate its 3th annual edition. The festival screenings will once again take place at the Cine Astron, at Mandra.

PBISFF is a competitive festival with winners in each of seven categories: Best Short, Animation Short, LGBTQ Short, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award and Best Screenplay Award. The audience votes for its favorite film in each screening. Filmmakers in attendance from the US, UK, Australia, Germany, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Italy and more. Attending filmmakers participate in a post-screening Q&A and network with other filmmakers and industry guests at our after-party.

We are anticipating your films to be shown in our festival in the picturesque city of Mandra - Eidyllias.

- Best Short Film Award
- Best Animation Award
- Best LGBTQ Award
- Best Director Award 

- Best Actor Award

- Best Actress Award

- Best Screenplay Award

- Best Audience Award

PBISFF Awards - Handmade (100% Wood)

Please read all rules and requirements for submitting your project:

> All films must be submitted with English subtitles.

> All films must have been made in or after 2022.

> 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 consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances.

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

> If your film is selected, you are expected to provide a link to download your film so that we can project it at the festival, a press kit with press reviews, synopsis, full credits, film stills, trailer (or film clips), posters, and a director's bio with a headshot.

> You can also make your film downloadable on FilmFreeway or Vimeo, so that we can download the file for viewing all our judges.

> We do not stream from YouTube or Vimeo at the event, due to internet reliability issues.

> We do not accept films in progress.

> More than one film may be submitted, but each must be submitted on a separate e-link, and accompanied by separate submission form, entry fee, and printed payment receipt.
The entry fee is non-refundable and required at the time of submission. Please pay the entry through FilmFreeway. Do not send cash or checks.
Filmmakers must submit an online screener of their film through FilmFreeway, or by providing a link to an external site (e.g., Vimeo) with any passwords needed to view the film to: (

Overall Rating
  • Hui Tan

    It is my great honor to receive your announcement!
    I deeply appreciate Pharos Best Inspiration Film Festival to provide this opportunity for filmmakers to represent their films and share their experiences!
    Tan, Hui

    December 2022
  • I was so happy when my short film "Elevator Alone" was selected for the Pharos Best Inspiration Film Festival. The communication and organisation of the festival was the best. I was so sad not to be able to attend but I am really excited that my film won the best animation film award!!! I really enjoyed being part of your festival, and I hope next time , if I am selected again, I will be able to attend in person!

    October 2022
  • Design Source

    Thank you for selecting us! We are honored!

    September 2022
  • Paraskevi Markatou

    It was lovely taking part in this wonderful Festival! Great people and organisation!
    Would love to participate again next year!

    September 2022
  • Nasir Malekijoo

    I appreciate PBISFF’s unique and friendly community. I am very honored that my film was able to participate in this wonderful film festival.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you.