The Psaroloco is a program of cinema screenings specially formed for children and teenagers, with selected films and group workshops, in which children create entirely their own short films (fiction, documentary, stop motion, etc.).Our aim is to encourage meaningful thought provoking films for children and showcase amazing works of Filmmakers from around the world.

Psaroloco's aim is to familiarize the novice audience with the basic terms of the cinematic experience and to promote media literacy. The project promotes the enhancement of the critical thinking of children and the ability to deconstruct images. It prioritizes vulnerable groups of children and adolescents.

The festival is part of his actions Psaroloco Media Literacy

The Psaroloco Media Literacy Project Ι Labs (Since 2010) promotes media literacy with skills of creative access and critical content analysis and integrates teachers as the primary actors of this new audiovisual literacy through cinema.

It gives priority to vulnerable groups of children and adolescents. He has collaborated with SOS children's village of Greece and with the civil non-profit Tandem Society for the Experimental Laboratories Psaroloco at the Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Center of Children with Disabilities of Attica (K.A.A.P.A.A. former P.I.K.P.A. Voulas) and at the Special Vocational Training Laboratory (E.E.E.E.K.) of Agios Dimitrios. It travels with actions to remote areas around Greece.

Psaroloco Media Literacy Project WINNER in UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Awards 2021

Best Film made by children
Best Film with a Focus on Diversity
Best Film on Human Rights and the Environment
Best Short Film Ages 4+
Best Short Film Ages 7+
Best Short Film Ages 10+
Best Short Film Ages 12+

Psaroloco International Film Festival for Children & Young People

Please read and understand the below mentioned rules & guidelines carefully. To submit your film(s) in the International Films section of Psaroloco, it is mandatory for you to comply with these rules & guidelines.

The film(s) submitted should showcase culturally varied content that is both entertaining and educative for the children of varied backgrounds.
The submitter should either own rights to the film(s), or should have obtained all necessary permissions from the rights owner to submit the film(s) to Psaroloco.
All decisions made by Psaroloco Programming Team will be final & binding on all parties.

Entry rules:
Short-films, Documentaries or Feature-films in live-action, animation, clay-motion or stop-motion can be submitted. The film(s) can be produced in any country.
You can submit as many film(s) as you want.
All forms, whether online or otherwise, shall be filled in and submitted by the individual authorized to license screening rights of the film(s). Psaroloco shall not accept any forms from any other person.

Language rules:
The film(s) can be in any language.
If the film(s) are in a language other than English, English subtitles are a must.
It is preferred that your film(s) have Greece subtitles, but are not mandatory.
By entering the competition, you agree that Psaroloco shall not be held liable for any copyright infringements by you, your organization or by your film(s).
Psaroloco reserves all the rights to screen or not screen any film(s) for any reason it deems valid.
Psaroloco retains all the rights to screen the film(s) received from you, in part or whole thereof, for publicity and educational purposes in the Greece.
In the event that the submitter is found to be in violation of any condition(s) of the rules & guidelines enshrined herein, Psaroloco at its sole discretion may choose to cancel and eliminate such film(s) from the selection or the final lineup of Psaroloco program.
The submitter acknowledges that Psaroloco shall not be held liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever type or nature incurred as a result of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material. Further, the submitter undertakes to indemnify and keep Psaroloco, its officers, representatives, affiliates and agents indemnified against all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, costs, damages or loss arising out of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material.
Once the film(s) are submitted, it should not be available online or otherwise for public viewing before the festival concludes. For avoidance of doubt, the submitter(s) can make the trailers available online or otherwise to promote the film.

Content Guidelines:
The content of your film(s) should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures. The film(s) should provide strong role models for both boys and girls.
Content of the submitted film(s) should be creative and completely original including the sound/music used and should not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Under no circumstances, the content of your film(s) should contain any of the following: Offensive or foul language , Violence , Religious content , Child abuse , Drug and/or Alcohol usage , Defamatory content , Cruelty to Animals, Politically sensitive topics, material or comment , Sexual innuendos or nudity, Any film containing one or more of these mentioned above will be disqualified.

Psaroloco undertakes to take all possible anti-piracy precautions that are practically possible and commercially feasible.
All prints and associated copyrighted materials will be securely stored while on Psaroloco premises. Access is limited to Psaroloco nominated staff only and all movement of prints will be strictly monitored.
No duplication or loaning is permitted and no prints will ever leave the custody and care of Psaroloco or its authorised agents during Psaroloco.


The undersigned, the authorized representative of the project named below (hereafter called the "Project") to Kyklos Non- Profit (hereafter called the “Institute”) for consideration for the 2024 Psaroloco International Film Festival for Children & Young People (hereafter called the “Festival”), hereby acknowledges the following:

Article 1
The Psaroloco International Film Festival for Children & Young People is organized by Kyklos Non-Profit every year in Athens and in a series of parallel destinations of screenings and activities all over Greece. The festival aims to provide a showcase of the work of new filmmakers from around the world and to promote the short film. The festival’s program includes screenings of International and Greek short films, as well as audiovisual events, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. It also includes educational activities that aim to promote filmic literacy and empower the culture and interest of the audience towards European audiovisual works, including the great audiovisual and cinematic heritage of Europe, welcoming new audiences.

Article 2
1. Entry requirements
Any type of film (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental) can be submitted to the selection committee.
All non-English films must have English subtitles.
Accepted screening formats: DCP and QuickTime files.
Films of 40 minutes or less are eligible.
Films already submitted to previous editions are not accepted, even in a new version.
Industrial or commercial films are not accepted.
All the Festival venues are not currently equipped for 5.1 sound and digital projection (DCP).

2. Preview screener
Only files uploaded on the platform will be taken into consideration.

Article 3
The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Institute has made no claims, representations or guarantees, and has provided no assurances, in relation to the internal process utilized by the Institute with respect to selection of projects for inclusion in the Festival, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Institute, the Festival, or any Psaroloco Related Parties to provide the undersigned, the Project’s Owners, or any Project- related parties with comments, feedback or other information pertaining to the viewing or consideration of the Project by the Institute for possible inclusion in the Festival.

The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that by submitting the Project to the Institute, the Institute and all persons employed by, contracted by, or otherwise directly associated with the Institute are deemed to have been granted the irrevocable right to view and/or download all digital assets associated with the Project, including, but not limited to, any representation of the Project in the form of video files, still images, assets streamed via the Internet, and/or all other assets and information provided by the Applicant on the application. All digital assets referenced above shall remain active and accessible by the Institute until the conclusion of the Festival on April, 2024. Any dissemination of these materials, incidental or otherwise, shall not be the responsibility of the Institute or any Psaroloco Related Parties.

The undersigned represents that if the undersigned is younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in the state of the undersigned’s principal place of residence, the Institute has been provided with signed, written consent from the undersigned’s parent or legal guardian.

Article 4
Entry procedure and selection
Participants must enter their films via the online submission website platform.
The following material must be attached to the online submission:
- 2 still from the film (either color or black and white depending on the film – no poster, no pictures of a film set or crew), which can be used in any publication
- 1 photo of the director(s)
- 1 list/transcript of the dialogue in the original version and English translation
- 1 uploaded video file of the film.
The transfer of a video file for preview purposes requires an entry fee.

Festival deadlines:
- Αpril 2, 2024 for films
The list of the selected films will be available on the Festival's website.

Article 5
Shipping of festival screening copies of selected films
The hard disk drive with DCP and QuickTime files of selected films must be sent to the Festival office preferably by EMS (TNT, DHL, FedEx) for reception no later than Αpril 2, 2024.
Shipping costs and return expenses will be covered by the participants.

Article 6
Technical requirements for digital files of selected films screened at the Festival
The finalists will be able to submit their material through online sharing services (such as WeTransfer, Dropbox etc.) by using exclusively as e-mail reference. The files should preferably be in mp4 or mov format, with H264 encoding.
DCPs must be delivered to us with no KDM encryption key and with a version in QuickTime 1080p (video codec H264/ MPEG-4 AVC; audio codec AAC; bitrate of 10Mb/s or more) or Pro Res 422.

Article 7
Publication authorization
All the texts, data, and photos transferred by participants to Psaroloco via platform during online submission will be used for reference in various online and offline bilingual publications (including Festival catalog, Short Film Market catalog, website, video library screens). This material may be translated, corrected, or edited prior to publication. Under the terms of the present regulations, all participants give Psaroloco free permission to publish and use this material for the above purposes.

Article 8
Participants declare that they hold all of the copyrights, intellectual property rights and all other types of rights, or the authorizations required, for the film to participate in the national, international or Lab competition and for all other rights granted to festival under the terms of the present regulations. Consequently, participants guarantee festival against any and all claims, demands, suits, and actions taken against it by third parties on any grounds whatsoever. Participants undertake to guarantee, compensate and hold harmless festival against any expenses, in particular expenses and fees related to court proceedings, and direct or indirect damage, as well as any sentences imposed on festival or payment resulting from a settlement signed with the plaintiff. In addition, participants are reminded that failure to hold the rights and authorizations required for the film to participate in the national, international or Lab competition and for all other rights granted to festival as referred to in the present article, may result in the application of criminal and civil penalties as provided by the law.

Article 9
Short Film Market
All the films submitted for selection will be listed in the Short Film Market catalog, regardless of the fact that a film has been officially selected or not. Please see under Short Film Market regulations.

Article 10
Other sections
Participants agree that films entered for the International Competition might be selected for other sections that are part of the Festival’s official selection: Young Audience, Eco Perspectives, Architecture Day and more.

Article 11
Television broadcasting and the Internet
Participants give Psaroloco free permission to reproduce and broadcast clips of the selected films presented in the Festival on terrestrial, digital, cable, satellite and ADSL television channels and on Internet sites. These clips are limited to 10% of the total duration of any film and cannot exceed the three minute duration. They can only be used as part of stories covering the Festival, TV or Web programs and interviews and/or promotional trailers or advertising for the Festival current or future editions. Permission for using these clips is granted for a one-year period, starting on the date of submission of the film on platform , and is renewable by tacit agreement, unless terminated by recorded delivery mail at least two (2) months before its term.

Article 12
Archiving and viewing of films in Festival
Since its creation Festival has always conducted a mission of preservation of the short film heritage. To this effect, all the video recordings submitted for selection are stored and archived by Festival, who may have to transfer them on new current or future (digital or other) formats for improved storage purposes. Participants give Festival free permission to implement, as part of its mission of preserving the short film heritage, the free, individual consultation of the films archived in Festival for a period of 10 years starting on the date of submission of the film on platform and renewable by tacit agreement unless terminated by recorded delivery mail at least two (2) months before its term.

Article 13
Prolongation of the Festival
Films selected for being presented at the Festival may be made available for free, individual viewing in the local libraries of Festival Community to which the Resource Centre is attached. Participants give Festival free permission to make a video montage of excerpts of several films selected in the Festival (especially prized and award-winning films) and broadcast it on any format for Festival promotional use in Hellas and abroad, for a period of one year starting on the date of submission of the film on platfom, and renewable by tacit agreement, unless terminated by recorded delivery mail at least two (2) months before its term.

Article 14
Purchase of films
Festival may ask the producer for the right to acquire a copy of any film selected, and especially prize-winning films, from the Festival. Festival undertakes to use these films exclusively for its own strictly cultural & educational non-commercial purposes.

Article 15
Non-specified cases and disputes Festival or its representative will settle all non-specified cases within the terms of the present regulations and may allow special dispensation regarding justified and specific requests.

Article 16
Participation in the Festival implies acceptance without reservation of all the terms outlined in the present regulations. Festival or its representative reserves the right to cancel any submission or take any suitable measure in the event of a breach of regulations or in response to any behavior disturbing the course of the Festival. In case of litigation, only the Hellas courts shall be competent and have jurisdiction.

Article 17
The Festival’s Jury, which will decide the winners will be composed of artists, experts, operators, and characters from audiovisual and showbusiness field. Jury’s decisions, unappealable, will be made public the day of the award ceremony.
The selecting commission and the jury reserve the right to attribute special mentions to the worthiest works.
Best Film made by children
Best Film with a Focus on Diversity
Best Film on Human Rights and the Environment
Best Short Film Ages 4+
Best Short Film Ages 7+
Best Short Film Ages 10+
Best Short Film Ages 12+

Article 18
The Festival is not responsible for any loss of material before or after the end of actual event.

Article 19
The copy of the film submitted to the Festival along with the entry form and the promotional material will remain in the archives of the Festival and automatically become part of the library and the film market material of the Festival.

Article 20
The International Short film festival Psaroloco reserves the right to project part of the films that have been sent, in and out of the area of the Festival, whenever it is needed for reasons of promotion of the Festival and not for commercial purposes.

Article 21
The Festival in the frame of its other activities, reserves the right to project the participating films beyond the specified date of the festival.

Article 22
The use of any recording device in the area of the Festival without the permission of the Organizing Committee is strictly forbidden.

Article 23
Parts of the event will be filmed. Members of the audience and participating artists that may appear in these parts have no claim from the Organizing Company.

Article 24
Kyklos Civil Non Profit Company reserves the right to cancel the festival due to circumstances beyond its control. The festival organizing team may decide to suspend or modify the event if necessary.

Article 25
In case of dispute, the Greek version of the regulations of the participation is considered as valid. Responsible for legal disputes are the Legal Courts of Athens.

Article 26
The dispatch of the signed entry form implies the complete and unconditional acceptance of the above regulations of participation.
Short Film Market Regulations
Registering a film to the Short Film Market offers the opportunity to ensure its visibility and promotion in the publications, reference and viewing tools that are made accessible to a number of key members of the industry and short film professionals. Registration to the Short Film Market is free.
The Psaroloco Short Film Market is organized by Kyklos Non Profit Company alongside the Festival in the aim of facilitating economic activity and encouraging professional interaction in the short film sector. The Short Film Market is a unique venue for meetings, promotion and networking. Its digital video library is a formidable tool for scouting talents;
Some productions will be highlighted by origin or by theme to facilitate the use of the video library and the search for quality programs. Registration to the Market includes the following services:
- the film is included to the Short Film Market video library and its online extension via a secure server for a period of nine months (restricted to industry delegates referenced by the Psaroloco Short Film Market);
- each film’s credited contact person and sales agent can access the track record and contact details of the professionals who saw their film, either using their codes from their Pro services account on the Festival website, or upon request for codes to a limited Pro service access restricted to their film’s viewing track record.
- 1 free accreditation is granted to one person representing the film.

Article 27
Code of Conduct: Institute promotes an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated. Institute is committed to allowing filmmakers, their teams and Festival attendees to experience the Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. The Institute reserves the right to rescind an invitation to participate in the Festival for those who engage in such conduct.
The undersigned hereby acknowledges on behalf of all Project Owners that the undersigned has read and understood the Rules and Regulations for submitting a project to the Festival
By completing the submission application for 2022 Festival consideration, the undersigned, on behalf of the undersigned and all Project Owners, freely and voluntarily gives and expresses full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. The parties acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to the undersigned or the Project’s Owners by the Festival, the Institute, or any Psaroloco Related Parties.
Non-specified cases and disputes
Psaroloco or its representative will settle all non-specified cases within the terms of the present regulations. Short Film Market registration implies acceptance without reservation of all the terms outlined in the present In case of dispute, the Greek version of the regulations of the participation is considered as valid. Responsible for legal disputes are the Legal Courts of Athens.

Contact: psaroloco.project

Overall Rating
  • We're so proud our clients She Dreams At Sunrise (dir. Camrus Johnson) and AIR (dir. Brian Wilcox) could screen at this years event.

    May 2023
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival on this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite and outstanding programming for the audiences.

    July 2022
  • Hui Tan

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity from Psaroloco International Children's & Young People’s Film Festivals, which also provide a great platform for our filmmakers to communicate and learn from each others!

    July 2022
  • Ulf Grenzer

    We had a very friendly communication, the festival and it's films for Children and youth were well choosen and prepared wonderfully.
    The choice of the jury is not only focussed on attractive films but on their message to the future generations about how to live together.
    It was a great experience even from abroad.

    April 2022

    Very good organization with a selection of excellent films. I believe we will be close in time

    November 2020