The city of Alexandroupolis is ready to embrace the third year of AXD Film Festival, the first film festival in the Thrace region of Greece. AXDFF 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’’. AXDFF 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.

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 short 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 short 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 short 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 AXDFF 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).

AXDFF 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, AXDFF gives recognition to the technical craft of filmmaking with awards given to films with exceptional sound design, music, cinematography.

Throughout the year AXDFF organizes regular feature film screenings in order for the local audience to be constantly connected with unique and indie films from around the world. Every month from November till May, two films are officially selected and screened. These films will receive an official laurel and a film review from the festival.

AXD Film Festival accepts films completed after the 1st of January 2018.

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

The maximum running time of each short film is 30 minutes. There is no time limit for the feature films.

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 on FilmFreeway.

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 your film to the Alexandroupolis Film Festival (AXD Film Festival) you confirm that you give AXDFF the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the festival's dates and at its special screenings during the year. You certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the AXDFF and that all rights and clearances have been made.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome festival, great people and films.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Gabriel, thank you for your kind words and for sending us your film. We look forward to seeing more from you in the future!

  • Pantelis Koulouridis

    A great new short film festival at the beautiful city of Alexandroupoli!
    Perfect place to watch interesting films, near the sea.
    Thank you for your hospitality and I hope to see you again!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Panteli, thank you for your review and for giving us the opportunity to screen your documentary. It was also lovely meeting your family here in Alexandroupolis. We look forward to seeing your future films. All the best!

  • Melissa Mars

    Very honored that "The Last Touch" was part of the official selection and played on a big screen in Greece. Along the process, the team has been pretty warm and communicative. I couldn't make it to the festival but I appreciated so much afterwards receiving a picture of the screening! That warmed my heart. Long life to the festival! :)

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Melissa, many thanks for your kind words and congratulations on your unique film! We hope we can meet you one day in person and we look forward to seeing your upcoming films. Best wishes!

  • It was a real pleasure to reach the audience with my film "The white sheets" at AXD Short Film Festival. Great communication and organization in open theatres of beautiful city of Alexandroupolis. Best wishes for all festival staff and participants!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Pandeli, thank you for your encouragement. Congratulations on your documentary. We look forward to seeing what you do next!

  • Michalis Kalopaidis

    AXD is wonderful festival that takes place on a coastal town in Greece. The venues of the festival are lovely and more importantly the festival is organized by a great team. I would encourage all filmmakers to consider AXD as part of their festival strategy.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Michali, it was great screening your lovely animation. Many thanks for your kind words and support. We're looking forward to watching your upcoming films!