The SFGFF will showcase contemporary Greek feature films and shorts from established and up-an-coming directors from Greece or of Greek decent. Feature length films and shorts will be showcased each night, and all movies will have English subtitles.
Comedy, drama, and documentaries are all part of the mix

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation sponsors the San Francisco Greek Film Festival. All proceeds benefit the educational and cultural initiatives of the Foundation.

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Astron Award

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival introduced the Astron Award in 2012 to honor and encourage achievements in Greek film-making and to enhance the movie experience of the film festival’s moviegoers. Inspired by the ancient Greek word “astir” which means scattered or spread in the sky, astron carries more than its celestial meaning of star. It is used to describe an individual distinguished for his/her talent, abilities, and personality in the field of arts, politics and professional arenas. Our audience votes for the best movie in the feature length films and shorts categories.
Astron Awards:
Audience Favorite Documentary
Audience Favorite Narrative Short
Audience Favorite Narrative Feature
We are excited to announce our 2nd Jury Awards! A panel of distinguished industry professionals will judge and determine the best film in each of three categories — Narrative Features, Documentaries and Narrative Shorts — and winners will receive a monetary compensation. The Jury Awards are in addition to our audience favorite Astron Awards.
🏆 Jury Award - Best Documentary $1000
🏆 Jury Award - Best Narrative Short $500
🏆 Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature $1000

Eligible films for the San Francisco Greek Film Festival include works by Greek/Cypriot filmmakers and filmmakers of Greek/Cypriot descent worldwide; films about Greece; Greek and Cypriot productions or co-productions; films by Greek/Cypriot directors, writers, and producers; and films by Greek/Cypriot actors in starring roles, co-directors, co-writers and co-producers are also eligible. Films open for public viewing in YouTube or Vimeo will not be considered.
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.

All films selected for the festival grant SFGFF, the rights to upload a 2 minute clip/trailer online for promotional purposes.
You may enter more than one film and must be accompanied by its own completed on line submission form.

COVID19 Update: The 19th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival is planned to be an in-person event. However, the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic could force us to make the Film Festival be some combination of on-line screenings, drive-in shows and in-person events.

Overall Rating
  • I was fortunate enough to be accepted into this awesome film festival. It was a great honor and pleasure to participate with my documentary “Athos, the world’s brightest peak” in the 2021 SFGFF. The festival organizers were incredibly kind and friendly and the communication was excellent (well organized, very clear and professional). Really lovely people! I feel so grateful for they gave to my documentary the chance to be online watched in USA. I feel very happy for the audience-favorite “astron” award. Thank you all so much!! Words are not enough!!
    Hope to be back here in the future!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Argyri! We really appreciate the time you took to write this review. Thank you for entrusting us with your work and allowing us to share your film with our audiences. We look forward to seeing your next film! :-)

  • Andreas Sheittanis

    It's been an honor!

    Even though the festival was online this year (due to COVID), they still took the time and put the effort in order to create a good online platform, with respect towards the film-makers and the audience.

    There was excellent communication, the quality of the films was superb and I would definitely submit again!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Greetings Andrea from San Francisco, we thank you for allowing us to review your powerful movie with our audience, and also to thank you for the kind words expressed here. Please keep us posted on your new creations! Stay Safe !

  • Antonis Glaros

    Amazing Film Festival! Excellent organisation, lovely people!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Antoni for the kind words, we loved reviewing your movie "Chandelier" in our festival !

  • Stelana Kliris

    One of the most wonderful and welcoming festivals! Great team, venues and selection of films. They also take such good care of their filmmakers. SFGFF truly has a special place in my heart, keep up the great work!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stelana for the kind words and taking time at this busy time to write us we loved your film !

  • Maria Lafi

    This is one of the most perfect festivals I've ever been to! Very good Greek films, perfect communication, and the most precious part is people who are really friendly and amazing. I feel that my film found a new home in this part of the world! Thank you!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Maria, thank you for your kind words! It was a pleasure having your presence and participation during our 2019 film festival; it certainly added to the experience for our audience. Keep up the stellar work you do and continue being the great person you are! Katerina