Browse through the detailed list of the screening films of the 4th Athens Short Film Festival edition and explore our diverse programme.

1997 Budapest

In 1997, at the age of sixteen, the dancer and choreographer Mimi Jeong moved to Budapest from South Korea. She stayed in Budapest for two years. It was her first experience abroad. She went to Budapest because of her father, who was a conductor in Hungary at the time. In the 1990s, shortly after the fall of Berlin wall, Budapest was a city that was inexperienced with people who looked different and who came from a different culture. Mimi came from Busan, she looked different, she thought differently, and she felt different. Today her connection to Budapest is a special one, it is light-hearted, lonely, nostalgic and sorrowful. We go on a journey with Mimi to Budapest, we aim to understand what best describes the Portuguese word ‘Saudade’. Anyone who has already met a Hungarian knows that this bittersweet melancholy is central to the country's identity.

Rahel Pasztor

9 Degrees

A personal journey of a man who discovers, through genetic testing, that he is one of 9 siblings, finding the love and acceptance in a family he never knew he needed. Demetre Papageorgiou grew up as the oldest child of George and Cynthia, Greek immigrants, who settled in the Midwest. All of that changed when Demetre got a call from a man named Chris Bone of Dallas, Texas – a man who, it turned out, was his half brother. That day Demetre found out that not only did he have a half brother he never knew about, but he had 7 older siblings he didn’t know he had. In the following months, Demetre uncovered the truth about his family and their unusual story – a story of 9 strangers scattered across America with one thing in common – their father George Papageorgiou. This is the story of 5 brothers and 4 sisters, separated by distance and decades, coming together for the first time, thanks to online DNA testing. This is a story of brothers and sisters who beat all the odds and find the loving family they never knew they were looking for.

Kalim Armstrong , Demetre Papapgeorgiou

A World Without

This film is a self-revealing attempt to divest the layers that civilization put upon human beings, through the neutral observation of the life, death, migration, and reproduction of various wildlife in the Rockies.

Xin Liu


Cannes Official Selection 19' – Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. Nominated for a short Palme d'Or, BIFA award winner for Best British Short Film, was shortlisted for a BAFTA, more than 200 selections and dozens of awards.

Dekel Berenson


An actor comes across a seemingly simple script that ends up to be a nightmare.

Haris Zalavras

Bless Me, Father

A man goes to the church in order to confess his last sin to an exasperated young priest.

Boubkar Benzabat


Nikos does not get to experience human contact, nor the joy of saving lives. He studied medicine but went on to become a forensic medical examiner. The cadavers he examines whisper their stories. As he grows older and his kids grow up, his fear of death weighs heavier. It’s a rainy New Year’s Eve, and the morgue is full. Nikos is hopeful. Will the children stop by to sing carols and loosen death’s grip?

Jenny Tsiropoulou


Starring Boombamontana, the musical masked duo into a circus extravaganza, with their colorful animated friends.

John Katehis


During the 2020 worldwide quarantine, a young hip hop singer finds solace in marihuana. Crónico is a collage animation music video that explores the daily rituals of a man during these uncertain pandemic times, combined with fantasies that help him escape reality and even reimagine his own history. Crónico is a collage animation music video that explores the possible daily rituals of a man during these uncertain pandemic times thanks to the relaxing and imaginative powers of marihuana. It was a project done during the first months of lockdown between filmmakers in San Juan, Puerto Rico and animators in Medellín, Colombia. Crónico is the first single of the same title EP that narrates stories, longing fantasies, and experiences lived in our new/current way of life.

Claudia Calderón

E Vissero

“E vissero” is a colorful and lively short film about asking uncomfortable questions in a daft and funny way. It depicts a conversation between two boys, Merry (21) and Happy (23), during which they explore the themes of freedom, prejudice and social disapproval.

Aldo Verde

Ellipse – Felixe

After a teenager confesses her love to her legal guardian, the tenderness they once shared quickly turns bitter.

Alexandre Richard

Garage Romantic

A big dreamer from the small town of Togliatti, Russia ponders life while building a rocket powered sled made from discarded trash.

Dan Sadgrove

If We Smarten Up

After the sale of the family flat, live-in maid Maria finds herself homeless and stranded. Making the most of a desperate situation, she decides to declare the broom cupboard, located on the same floor as her former flat, her new home. Her neighbours however are everything but pleased by this solution. They start to see the elderly maid as an intrusion into their lives, devaluing their properties, stealing their doormats, and can’t help but wonder how they could get rid of her. Inspired by real events.

Larisa Faber

In It Together

Two lovers of an unhealthy relationship is trying to keep the sprak alive

Filip Tellander

Iro /he.roː/

Iro, an 8 year old girl, is ready to take off on a short road trip with her mom and a superhero towards Lake Stymphalia. A car malfunction and a bus drivers strike will make their plans difficult but with the help of the superhero they will hitchhike their way towards their destination.

Alexios Koukias-Pantelis


In a remote village, a woman hides a terrible truth in order to protect her family.

Yiannis Alexiou

Little Bastard

In this portrait, exceptional artist Caroline Brisset assembles parts of crashed cars into a giant metal sculpture of James Dean's head. Not only the car he died in burnt, this head will burn as well.

Harun Hazar

Lora Wears Black

An elderly woman’s routine is upset by a man claiming to be a TV series location scout.

Vanja Vascarac

Lucha Agua Santa

Audio testimonies narrate a surreal landscape of survivors coming to terms with their new environment after facing disasters in the mid-2000's.

Bren Wyona


An ascetic monk who follows Buddhist teaching confronts agony between the world of Color(Phenomena) and the world of Void(Fundamental). The two worlds exhibit stark contrast with one another like nature and man-made, past and present, day and night, eternity and moment, Nirvana and Anguish. The monk strives to disentangle himself from the world of Color as he strides towards Nirvana, the world of Void. In the end, he realizes that both worlds are inseparable as much as they are a resonant pair, and that his anguish ultimately comes from obsession.

Sangman Kim

Madonna f64.0

After an important surgery, Maria returns to her family home, in order to recover. Living with her mother, her sister and a newborn baby. While Maria’s body starts healing, a deeply hidden desire of hers surfaces. Maria wants to come close to the baby, and this creates a serious threat to the “safety” of the family home.

Stavros Markoulakis


A short animation journey through sounds and textures reveal the recuperation of a lost heritage.

Dana Durr


Max, a jaded ex-con works as a social worker at the house of Eliane, an elderly woman. Despite his efforts to rehabilitate himself he ends up having to resume his criminal activities to bail out his troublesome brother Fredo, in debt with a local mobster.

Jean-Christophe Bouzy

Monska – C. R. Robin

When a dance competition opens up in their town, a group of young girls take it upon themselves to perform their own distinct routine. The girls are determined to show their strength, regardless of the outcome. On the MONSKA film shoot 81% of our film crew identified as female or non-binary.

Isabella Andronos

Mother’s Apricot Compote

A fragmentary narrative of two women whose lives are distant from each other yet hold traces of one another. This film conjures the ghosts that hover over the day to day lives of these two women; it is a rumination on the experience of the immigrant within and without the diaspora and the ways in which personal/familial memory seeps through the surface of every day life.

Nia Fekri


Lena is about to move out but her mother finds a way to keep her at home.

Kristina Spassovska


A pregnant woman ignores her sister’s pleading phonecalls to visit their dying mother. She drinks and smokes heavily while she hides in a dodgy hotel. When the hotel staff seems to mirror the trauma she fled from, she decides it’s time to deal with the fact that she cannot cope with her past.

Alex Verhaest

Ocean Water

Based on a true story about a Surfer (Avo) that lost his brother (Zama) to a tragic shark attack when they were young boys at their home break in Port St John’s. The ocean is the link that bonds the two in spirit.

Timothy Hay


A phone call wakes physicist Artem Khachatryan from a dream: strange characters foreshadow a nearing of something ominous. Artem answers to sad news; the funding for his research and life's work is being pulled. In an act of desperation, he sends a human-made cosmic ray into the universe, in hopes of inspiring a break-though and reigniting interest in his institute. The ray accidentally disturbs a black hole and creates a pathway between the black hole and Earth's atmosphere. Soon after, the strange characters from his dream suddenly appear in Artem's waking life.

Ovsanna Gevorgyan

Per Aspera Ad Astra

The daily life of a little hen housekeeper, torn between her work, her children and her old mother.

Franck Dion

Q: Ghostly Remote Effect

In the future. A hi-tech-lab. Scientist P is testing quantum-gynoid Q and sets off on a mission to an undiscovered nature. On the journey she discovers a ghostly remote effect between herself and the robot. Will she maintain in control, when nature starts changing?

Marcus Hanisch


Lonely Rose, 75 years old, is staying alone. She yearns for family attention but doesn't get it. Her life is about to change when her family turns up one day.

Derrick Lui


When 11-year-old Dunya decides to accompany her father on his wine delivery route, a chance encounter with her father’s old love confronts her with the mystery of who her father is and more perilously – who he used to be.

Masha Clark


Three sisters are facing an impending disaster: the imminent flooding by the Sea of the lands where they live. In the midst of such chaos, the sisterly union is shaken up and each of the sisters experiences the imminence of death, in their inner selves, in a different way.

Frédéric Even, Louise Mercadier

Sorry, I Don’t Understand

A careless foreign student, without knowledge of the local language, arrives to a new country and tries to reach the school. Through a series of funny situations, her ignorance will help her to make the wrong choices for the rest of her life.

Natalie Feoktistova

Teo, My Neighbor

Teo lives next door. He enjoys isolation. He chooses to live at his own, unique pace. He dreams of finding a person like him.

Christos Karteris


An 80 year old woman spends her time at a bus station. She's waiting for the right moment to leave this place forever.

Kim Allamand

The Best Orchestra in the World

Ingbert, the sock, applies for a position as double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. Bad idea.

Henning Backhaus

The Brother

Living with an illness that is causing him to lose the use of his body, Kaïs is awoken every morning by a different member of his family. While his body is paralyzed, at night he dreams that he is the hero of his favorite manga, along with his brothers, Fehd the bodybuilder and Zaid the ninja.

Jeremie Battaglia

The Long Journey

A loving father accidently finds out a secret of his son's. He now has to make a choice between his family and his conscience.

Ying Zhang

The Parrot Lady

The parrot lady' is inspired by a true story. The film works as an artistic interpretation of a woman's life who chose to live on the streets with her parrots, afraid of dying alone in her home.

Michalis Kalopaidis

The Priest

In a lonely desert town a suicidal priest (Patton Oswalt) makes a decision that kicks into motion a series of strange events leading him to an unexpected discovery. Is it coincidence or miraculous?

Michael Vukadinovich

The Sound of Tibetan Gust

In TIBETAN, the vast hinterland of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, and by the Tibetan Holy Land "Nianjing Lake", there is a herdsman. In summer, they live by water and grass, with yaks as companions. They live a simple but comfortable life. The sudden snowfall blocked the only way into the mountain, and all the vehicles were unable to pass normally. Yak and human winter supplies have not been fully reserved, if not solved, herdsmen will suffer huge economic losses. In the contradiction, how will they solve the dilemma of life?

Zhao fengyi

The Speech

May 2003, Beijing, China. Under the pressure of WHO, the Chinese government announced that the SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak is real. The city is closed. Most students have been sent home. During a lockdown inside a private boarding , three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world. At the entrance, ANQI discovers a dark secret about the adult world; In the quarantine dorm, YEZI learns a lesson about life and death; On the stage, ZHENZHEN finds the courage to step out of her comfort zone, to find her own voice in front of the whole …

Haohao Yan

Under Pressure

After starting a monotonous day at work, the life of a man took a unforeseen turn when he realized that he kept the water running at his apartment.

Vasil Bogdanov

Under the Flag

A driven and conscientious girl at China's premier dance school gets the lead position in a prestigious performance but struggles to accept it after she learns that her mother has bribed the teacher to buy her the part.

Jiawei Cheng

Warm Mountain

A love story between sun and mountain Two birds, one fish and a flower A music video for Loucin's song 'Warm Mountain'. Loucin is an up-and-coming vocalist (Loucin Moskofian)

Jenny Wright

White Eye

A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.

Tomer Shushan

Words Words Words Are Decorative Sounds

The video investigates the complex relationship between language and cultural identity in our contemporary times. Instead of considering languages as simple communication tools, here they become viruses able to contaminate each other shaping new identities and geographies. The starting point of the video is a fragmented narration of an anecdotic story: an intimate adolescent memory of learning English. This memory is playfully filtered through references to the mainstream visual culture of the late 80s and 90s. The video work describes the process of shaping new forms of the self through the use of language. Words, memories and images merge with artificial landscapes, created and filmed in a marine engineering studio, and flow in vague yet coherent sequences that feel as natural and unsettling as a dream.

Giovanni Giaretta