***UPDATE*** Due to the current restrictions we are unable to undertake the screenings of the selected films for the 4th Festival in May 202.1 We expect to be able to screen the films in September.

The Symi International Film Festival is held on the small Greek Island of Symi, one of the Dodecanese Islands close to Rhodes.

The Symi International Film Festival is part of the official Symi Festival. This is organised by the Municipality of Symi and runs from July to September.

The films will be shown at an outdoor venue (indoors if it rains). There are no charges to watch films at the festival.

Awards are determined (and sent) by the organisers taking into account feedback from the films’ audiences.

Award categories include best feature film, best short film, best actor (male and female). Other awards are made at the discretion of the organisers.

Films with dialogue-
If not in English, a file in .srt format of the English subtitles must be provided at the same time as the film is submitted for consideration.

If the dialogue is in English then a separate .srt file must be made available.

It is highly recommended that films have Greek subtitles (if not already with Greek dialogue). We have a translation service available for a modest charge, with the fee payable directly to the translator. The translated file remains the property of the film maker.

Films entered in the Student Category-
All submissions must be accompanied by evidence that the film was made by students.

Overall Rating
  • congratulations, you have a great festival.

    February 2021
  • It was such an honor for me that "The Truth: Lost at Sea" won the Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 Symi Festival. The organizers were lovely in communicating with me and mailing me the award certificate as well. I have heard nothing but amazing things from my fellow filmmakers who attended the festival in person too. Keep up the great work!

    December 2020
  • Paul Bronisław Kmiec

    This was a lovely festival organized and hosted by the most accommodating and kind group of people! Thank you for the venue under the stars and three nights of cherished memories.

    January 2020
  • Beatrice Borowiec PISTOLEROS

    This festival is very nice, in beautiful location and very close to the public. People who manage, are very attentives and respectful. We are very proud to participated and won two prizes.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you.

    It was a priviledge to be able to show Safari Park as part of our Festival.

  • Ari Papargyropoulos

    Thank you so much for selecting "Few Hours in Athens". It was a real pleasure and a privilege to be a part of your festival.

    September 2019