Santorini Film Festival brings a unique cinematic experience to the cosmopolitan Aegean island. Taking place in the scenic Kamari Open Air Cinema in the heart of the summer, SFF interacts with the surroundings and with respect to the place’s traditions brings gems of international independent cinema.

Already established as a summer event where cinephiles, filmmakers and industry professionals meet for their annual date, Santorini Film Festival aspires to expand with more days and events.

Our screening categories feature both short and feature films and documentaries and cover a wide range of genres.

Santorini Film Festival is organised by HF Productions, a pioneer organisation that runs Film Festivals and other events showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices with a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. HF runs 25 film Festivals worldwide.

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.

Submission Categories:

Best Greek Production
Best International Feature Film
Best International Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental 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 2022.

✓ Short films must not exceed 45 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, online screening.

✓ 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
  • ali kenner brodsky

    It was a thrill and an honor to be included in the lineup at screening. I only wish I could have been in attendance. It was even more humbling to receive "Best Experimental Film"

    October 2022
  • Dude Stop Motion

    It was a big pleasure to be a part of this wonderful festival under the Santorini sky and getting awarded for «Best Animated Short» was just amazing! For sure the Kamari Cinema is one of the most beautiful places on earth for a Filmfestival! Next to that the team was very friendly, good with communication and overall nice to work and hang out with! Also the Santorini people were very interested in our project and didn't hesitate to talk to us and ask any questions about the project. Really looking forward to come back as soon as possible and for sure it was worth it to submit our film to this festival.
    Greetings from the DUDE's!

    August 2022
  • What a great festival. Communication with the team was spot-on and they were very helpful with everything. They are great people. Amazing films, nicely curated festival. I will definitely submit again with my next film!

    July 2022
  • 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