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After a two-year absence from cinemas, the Athens Short Film Festival is back on Friday, December 2nd to the beloved "Mikrokosmos" cinema. Through a rich program of short films and documentaries from all around the world, ASFF invites you to go on a journey through the eyes of 13 talented filmmakers.

Aiming to promote independent cinema but also to be an open platform of expression for emerging Greek and foreign artists, the Athens Short Film Festival presents both fiction and documentary films. The 13 films of this year's Festival focus on social, political and gender issues but also deal with the personal dilemmas of people next door.

Through a rich program full of music videos, animation and experimental short films, ASFF 2022 covers a wide range of cinematic genres while bringing creations full of eccentric aesthetics.

Our goal is for the 5th Athens Short Film Festival to be the starting point for the expansion of the Festival in terms of time as well as artistically, growing even more our cinephile audience.

The Athens Short Film Festival is organized since 2018 by HF Productions, an international company organizing 24 film festivals in 15 countries. Over the years, the Festival has featured more than 100 artists from around 30 countries.

Mikrokosmos Cinema
106 Syggrou Avenue, 117 41 Athens
Tel: +30 21 0923 0081

Start time: 18:00

Ticket price: €6

Organisation: HF Productions

Tel: +30 21 0614 1195


Communication and Press Office:
Aliki Seferou,, 694 716 2391

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Nominations 2022
Jury Panel


We are happy to present to you the 2022 version of the Athens Short Film Festival!



Best Short Drama


Best Directing Competition

Best Short Comedy


Best Cinematography





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Ioanna Giakoumatou

Best Animated Short

Born and raised in Athens, she graduated from the department of Audiovisual Arts of the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. She  completed her post-graduate degree in Information and Communication Technologies  for Education at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She currently works  as production manager in animation films and advertisement. She also teaches Visual  Media in Educational Practice at AKTO College’s MA Art & Education and heads  experiential workshops in stop-motion animation and audiovisual media for adults,  educators and special groups (disabled, adult detoxification and dexterity groups, adult  groups in prisons). In the past few years, she has been coordinating educational  programs, while also working in animation production. 


Valerie Kontakos

Best Short Documentary

A native New Yorker, she moved to Athens in 2003. After attending NYU film school, she worked as a sound editor on the Maysles brothers’ Emmy award winner “Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic”, Sundance contender “Ozawa” and Deborah Dickson’s “Francis Steloff: Memoirs of a Bookseller”. She worked on Anita Thacher's experimental films “Loose Corner”, “One Art” and “To the Top”, all of which screened at the New York Film Festival. In 1989 she directed her first feature documentary “A Quality of Light”. In 1994 she became the deputy director of the Hellenic Foundation in NYC, where she started the NYC Greek Film Festival and curated a monthly program for the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. She was an adjunct professor of film at Queens College from 1993-2002. Her second feature, “Who’s on First?” (2006), aired in the US, Greece, Finland and South Korea. Her third feature, “Mana” (2015), went viral during the 2018 wildfires in Greece, helping the nuns featured in it rebuild their orphanage. She founded production company Exile Films in Athens in 2007, initially producing doc series for national Greek broadcaster ERT before expanding to other realms. She is on the Board of Directors of the Greek Cinematheque since 2011, and has been operating non-profit Exile Room, focusing on social outreach through documentary, since 2009. She recently completed "Queen of the Deuce" which premiered at DocNYC Film Festival. 


Michalis Mathioudakis

Best Short Film

Michalis Mathioudakis was born in 1987 in Athens. He studied Physics in the University of Crete and Cinema in the University of Greenwich. He works in the film industry since 2016. Three of his scripts have been funded by the Greek Film Centre and ERT Broadcasting Television. He is the founder of the production house Abajour Films. He works as a screenwriter, director and producer. He loves Greek cinema

Nominations 2022
Jury Panel

The 5th Athens Short Film Festival was completed in the jam-packed Mikrokosmos Cinema hall, on a celebration night of independent cinema. The Festival returned to the cinema halls on Friday, December 2 attracting over 250 viewers who had started gathering at Mikrokosmos Cinema from early evening.

After two years of physical absence, the Athenian Festival celebrated its much-anticipated comeback in its favourite dark cinema halls with a rich programme of 13 short films of all genres.

Divided into two parts with a break in the middle, this year’s screening programme brought creations of Greek and international artists onto the big screen, highlighting new talents from all over the globe. The end of the second screening block followed the winners’ announcement and a short award ceremony. 

In the beloved foyer of Mikrokosmos Cinema, we had the chance to meet old cinephile friends, film industry professionals and talk with the audience members. Before as well as after the Festival, the cinema served as a meeting platform for the artists, the visitors and the HF Productions team. 

We would like to thank especially, our media partners Nostos 100.6, Στο Κόκκινο 105.5 as well as the Mikrokosmos Cinema for the warm hospitality. 

Winners of the 5th Athens Short Film Festival 2022: 

August Sky, 16', Director: Jasmin Tenucci, Brazil
Best Short Film 

Important Things Don’t Matter, 26’,  Director: Gabriel Tizón, Spain
Best Short Documentary  

Santiago, 15’, Director: Andrey Koulev, Bulgary
Best Short Animated 

On Your Side, 2:38, Director: David Heatley, United States
Best Music Video 

How I Beat Glue and Bronze, 30’,  Director: Vladimir Vulević, Serbia
Best Short Experimental 

Boys, 13:15, Director: Luke Benward, United States 
Best Short Drama

Cruise, 6', Director: Sam Rudykoff, Canada
Best Short Comedy 

Elevator Alone, 4', Director: Anastasia Papadopoulou, Greece
Best Greek Production 

Snorrie (Mustachio), 12’, Director: Victoria Warmerdam, The Netherlands 
Best Directing

Nsenene, 7:32, Director: Michelle Coomber, United Kingdom
Best Cinematography 

Go lesson, 18:56, Director: Xue Li Ming, China
Best Writing

Vlada Goes to London, 22’, Director: Arti Savchenko, Israel
Best Editing

The 6th Athens Short Film Festival will take place again in 2023 and will return with an even richer screening programme. Looking forward to seeing you all again. 

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