Discover the award-winning films of the 5th Athens Short Film Festival’s 9 competition categories and learn more about all the inspiring filmmakers we featured this year.

Best Animation Winner


A film about the friendship between a child and an old fisherman. The story is inspired by Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’

Andrey Koulev

Best Comedy Winner


We’ve all received scam phone calls, but what about the person making the calls? Cruise is a dark workplace satire about a hapless telemarketer trying mightily to give away a free cruise. And if he fails, there will be dire consequences.

Sam Rudykoff

Best Directing Winner

Snorrie (Mustachio)

Absurd tragicomedy about thirty-something Freek, who is reuniting with his imaginary friend from the past, who is looking for closure.

Victoria Warmerdam

Best Documentary Winner

Important Things Don't Matter

Documentary made for more than five years in numerous countries in Africa and Europe, to photograph and film through encounters with people and places that suffer the consequences of human actions. An intimate trip, a walk through this ephemeral life where the author pretends to be another neighbor, regardless of where he is, with phrases that were written during the coexistence, to unite words and images in a single feeling, without prejudice, avoiding the word injustice to suggest questions we can ask ourselves. An invitation to the viewer to put his own voice on this long journey full of life, to discover the relationship between North and South. The documentary shares a book published months before that could be considered as its own script and, on its first page it says: a book with more questions than answers.

Gabriel Tizón

Best Drama Winner


Two boys let their imagination run wild in a barren desert, but the fun and games come to a shocking halt.

Luke Benward

Best Editing Winner

Vlada Goes to London

Vlada is a pizza delivery girl who lives in Haifa and dreams of becoming a famous DJ. Within a five-hour shift, we get a glimpse into her world full of pressure where she's willing to do whatever it takes to find the money for a flight to perform at a festival in London.

Arti Savchenko

Best Experimental Winner

How I Beat Glue and Bronze

Following the daily life of a factory worker Mihajlo in a neglected industrial town, testimonies about his life are given by people from his closest surrounding. At times, these people are seen as part of Mihajlo's daily routine, but after the character leaves the stage, their voices remain as the voice of the narrator. What they don't know is that Mihajlo is obsessively stealing tools from the factory and suffering from lost love. What they can't anticipate is what one morning is going to happen.

Vladimir Vulević

Best Greek Production Winner

Elevator Alone

Four people and the time they spend in an elevator. Inspired by everyday life and by the difference in people's behavior when they are alone, in contrast to the socially acceptable behavior that individuals adopt when in public space and especially in the confined and always awkward setting of an elevator.

Anastasia Papadopoulou

Best Music Video Winner

On Your Side

A Louisiana swamp girl meets a shy ghost boy and a romance blooms.

David Heatley

Best Short Film Winner

August Sky

As the Amazon burns for the seventeenth day, a nurse in Sao Paulo finds herself drawn to a neo-Pentecostal church.

Jasmin Tenucci

Best Writing Winner

Go Lesson

Two kids in go class became friends because they both suffered from school bullying. However, their friendship facing challenge due to the selection day's coming…..

Xue Li Ming

Best Cinematography Winner


Masaka's grasshopper catchers light up the sky in this poetic portrayal of a Ugandan tradition

Michelle Coomber