The city of Alexandroupolis is ready to embrace the second year of AXD Short Film Festival, the first film festival in the Thrace region of Greece. AXDSFF aims to showcase impactful cinema from around the world, offering filmmakers the chance to change the perspectives of a diverse audience.

Cinema means ‘’writing with movement’’, derived from the Greek words ‘’κίνησης+γράφω’’. AXDSFF is here to ‘’move’’ the viewer with original writing from up and coming filmmakers.

We support the discovery of new creators and welcome submissions of any genre and culture.

Set in the birthplace of democracy, AXDSFF revives the traditional voting system of hand raising! The filmmakers of the officially selected films will have a unique opportunity to communicate directly with our audience. This will be achieved by giving filmmakers the chance to submit a yes or no question related to their film. When asked the question, our audience, after the screening of the film, will raise their hands; this video recorded response will then be fed back to the filmmakers. Through this process, creators will benefit by understanding how their message was received by an international audience.

The festival also runs filmmaking workshops and cinema related networking events to enhance collaboration and introduce the local population to the art of cinema.

Your stories are waiting to be told in the seaside city of Alexandroupolis!

200€ Cash prize for the best documentary + trophy.

Alitheia, the Greek word for ‘’truth’’ is the state of escaping oblivion and remembering what was forgotten. Documentaries tell stories about real life and help the viewers get a glimpse of the truth as it is seen through the eyes of others. This prize is awarded to the documentary with the most authentic approach to revealing fragments of reality.

200€ Cash prize for the best animation film + trophy.

Fantasia, the Greek word for ‘’imagination’’ is a state that allows us to consider situations separate from here and now. Animation films have the ability to bring ideas out of this world to the screen. This prize is awarded to the most innovative use of technology to recreate concepts only before seen within the confines of our dreams.

"MYTHOS" Award
200€ Cash prize for the best live-action film + trophy.

Mythos, the Greek word for ‘’tale’’ is also closely related to the verb ‘’myo’’, meaning ‘‘to teach’’, or ‘‘to initiate into the mysteries’’. Films have the power to immerse the audience in new realities and alter their perception and understanding of the world. This prize is awarded to the film that best articulates the themes of the narrative.

We at AXDSFF would like to show our support for cinema made in Greece therefore, special mentions will be given to Greek directors from each category. These films are also eligible to win any of the three main awards.

This category is for films made especially for children. Any genre or type of film is accepted (eg.animation, documentary, live-action).

AXDSFF collaborates with local schools and educational institutes in order to inspire, entertain and educate our young audience. Morning screenings of films dedicated to children will be held during our festival in order to expose them to the world of cinema.

"ORIZONTAS" Award: Orizontas, the Greek word for ‘’horizon’’, is the line at which the earth's surface and the sky appear to meet. This category is devoted to films that empower kids to cross the thin line of imagination and reality and broaden their horizons. This prize is awarded to the short film that reminds us how to become children again.

In addition, AXDSFF gives recognition to the technical craft of filmmaking with awards given to films with exceptional sound design, music, cinematography…

AXD Short Film Festival accepts films completed after 1st of January 2017.

Films can be live action, animation, a combination of both or documentaries.

The maximum running time of each film is 30 minutes

Premiere status is not required. Films may be screened previously at other Festivals and/or online.

Films not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

Only digital copies will be accepted for entries.

Multiple entries may be submitted by one person, but each film must come on a separate screener with a separate entry form.

Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply but must present their valid Student ID in order to benefit from our student discount.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

By submitting to the Alexandroupolis Short Film Festival I confirm that I give AXDSFF the right to screen my film in front of a live audience at the Municipal Theater of Alexandroupolis, Greece. I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the AXDSFF and that all rights and clearances have been made.

Overall Rating
  • A very warm, heartfelt event. Very friendly climate and great functionality despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. Highly recommended!

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    George, many thanks for your kind words and support. We're looking forward to seeing your next projects. Best wishes!

  • Thank you AXD for having my Film in your selection. Even if i wasnt to be present, due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, it was an honor to be selected to participate with my first short film "Politically Correct". Communication with the Festival was absolutely brilliant and I am looking forward to submit my upcoming projects. Thank you once more!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dimitris, thank you so much for sharing your film with us and for your support! Congratulations on your first film. We're looking forward to watching the second one!

  • Christos Sagias

    One of the most fresh, entertaining and authentic new short film festivals in Greece. Hosted in an amazing open venue between the trees and before the sea. Our film "Collecting Time" was given the Alitheia Award this year as the best documentary film. Thank you so much guys, it was a tremendous honor! Fellow filmakers, you should definetely check this festival out, and visit Alexandroupoli asap, you will be amazed!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Christos, thank you for being a part of the festival. It was our pleasure to have you with us this year. We are excited to see what you do next!

  • George Leontakianakos

    Thanks so much for the Mythos Award for With New Eyes! I am very excited and happy! You are a wonderful festival! Amazing organization! 100% professionalism! I will definitely participate again with my new movie! I satirize it unreservedly to all those who want a fair festival with a professional judgment! Good strength in the wonderful work you do!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    George, thank you for sharing your film with us. Congratulations on your award, may it open many doors! We look forward to seeing your next film!

  • Nice festival, amazing people! We ll be back again!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Yiannis, thank you so much for sharing your film with us! We look forward to seeing what you do next!