After successfully holding our event on August 12th 2021, at the beautiful venue, Kamari Open Air Cinema, we can't wait to welcome you back for our 5th edition!

Santorini Film Festival - Indie Films Under the Stars welcomes you to the island of beautiful sunsets, for a night of celebrating remarkable independent cinema.

Santorini Film Festival, the first international independent film festival on the island is open to any indie filmmaker, regardless of budget, style or genre, who is looking for a platform to share their work with an audience eager to see great films.

We look forward to showing your films at Cinema Kamari, an open air cinema, where the cinema fans can come together and immerse themselves in your stories, under the starry sky of Santorini. The perfect setting to have some cocktails and engage in conversation with fellow filmmakers and festival goers.

After the screenings we will continue with an afterparty and networking event.

We are hosting our fifth edition at Cinema Kamari in summer 2022!

A selection of films will be nominated for awards in different categories, and will receive official selection laurels. The winners of the awards will be announced at the festival and our website the following day.

Our judging panel consists of filmmakers, producers and other individuals who work in the film industry. We also offer writing critiques and reviews for your film.

Santorini Film Festival is partnering with FILMPIXS, the global streaming platform for short films and documentaries. Winners of all categories will receive a SVOD platform deal in order to achieve wider audience outreach beyond their festival run. For more info:

All winners will also receive customised laminated certificates, The Santorini Film Festival Trophy alongside other "goodies" and perks.

Submission Categories:

Best Greek Feature Production
Best Greek Short Production
Best International Feature Film
Best International Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Drama Short
Best Music Video
Best Comedy Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Animated Short
Best Student Short

✓ 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 Cine Kamari, Santorini, 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
  • Steven Grayhm

    It was a great honor for our film The Secret of Sinchanee to win Best Writer and Best Film Score at the 2021 Santorini Film Festival! I hope to be back in 2023 for cinema under the stars with my sophomore effort! Thank you Santorini! SG

    August 2021
  • Thank you so much to this festival! I greatly appreciate having my screen play Orson Welles Ashes be a part of this fantastic event!

    September 2020
  • Michael Vukadinovich

    This is a really wonderful festival! Everyone was incredibly kind, professional and communicative, and while I wasn't able to attend because of Covid, they sent me pictures and press of the event, which looks to take place in one of the most beautiful venues. Also love the advertising video they made for the festival of clips from the different films. Really cool. I highly recommend!

    August 2020
  • Leonardo António

    Excellent Communication and a very caring crew. I was unable to attend because of COVID-19 but I would have loved to be there.

    August 2020
  • Donna Wheeler

    Wonderful honor to be among the selected screenplays and among the nominated Finalists. The Festival Team was on it, keeping me informed and updated, and even though I was not able to attend in person this go 'round, I felt like part of the festival family, regardless. Thank you SFF!

    September 2019