HOW IT WORKS

Short Encounters IFF hosts 5 online bimonthly competition rounds, followed by an annual film festival live event, therefore IT IS NOT only an online competition. We will be hosting our annual events in major european cities, which are going to be different each year. The inaugural edition of the festival will be held in Athens, Greece in December 2021. SEIFF begins its journey from Greece and will be travelling all around Europe promoting amazing projects from all around the world.

We won't ask for multiple submissions in different categories. One submission is valid for all the awards, and with a reasonable price. So, you do not need to pay more than one fee. By submitting to Short Encounters IFF, filmmakers will be submitting for consideration across all of the festival's competition categories for awards/nominations with ONE submission fee.

Our main competition is divided into two budget groupings. No/Low Budget Short Film & Short Film. As stated above, regardless of the budget groupings, all films competing enter the main competition and all other categories’ awards. BUT only No/Low Budget projects are eligible for the Short Encounters Award, as described in the “WHO WE ARE” section.

We do not provide individual feedback on every entry we get, unless you opt for a critical review, nor justify/explain ourselves for not selecting your work. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. If you opt for a critical review one of our team’s professionals will provide one in due time (no more than 7 to 10 days, depending on the workload).

Selection Process
The selection process takes place in three stages.

During the first stage, our knowledgeable group of more than twenty five screeners, along with the festival director and artistic director, will choose the films that meet the minimum requirements, according to the festival’s standards, to go onto the second stage and to the selection committee. The selection committee, constituted by qualified guest jurors along with a second, smaller group of screeners, will judge the entries and decide on the Official Selections.

At this stage, the final decision will be taken by the selection committee, which in turn will present the results to the final judging team and on to the last stage.

The judging panel is independent of the selection committee, making their voting entirely independent of one another and deciding for the nominees and eventually the award winners of the bimonthly round.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We don't screen the films online! The members of the jury watch the films online privately.

The bimonthly winners are automatically qualified to compete at the annual festival and be screened live during the annual event along with other selected nominated projects. Films having won the Short Encounters Award will also be considered for screening.

The Best Short Film of each round will be optional for promotional purposes to send an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to entries@aladerri.com including:

• at least one still photo from the film (in .jpg or .tif format at 300 dpi)
• a synopsis of the film in English
• a brief biography of the director in English
• director’s photograph (in .jpg or .tif format at 300 dpi)
• film official poster HQ
• film credits


  • I am not a special person, I am not especially strong; I am not especially gifted. I simply do not like to show my weakness, and I hate to lose, so I am a person who tries hard. That's all there is to me.I am not a special person, I am not especially strong; I am not especially gifted. I simply do not like to show my weakness, and I hate to lose, so I am a person who tries hard. That's all there is to me.
    Akira Kurosawa
  • The belief that only the mastery of hardware seperates us from directing is to confuse learning a language with storytelling.
    Michael Rabiger
  • If you are love movie enough, you can make a good one.
    Quentin Tarantino
  • The key think is that the technology does not dictate the Art; the Art dictates the technology. The Art comes first.
    Martin Scorsese
  • If technological evolution constituted a criterion, we couldn't claim that cinema is Art.
    Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Cinema has become my life. I don't mean a parallel world, I mean my life itself. I sometimes have the impression that the saily reality is simply there to provide material for my next film.
    Pedro Almodóvar
  • The whole reason one wants to do lower budget films is because the lower the budget, the bigger the ideas, the bigger the themes, the more interesting the art.
    Francis Ford Coppola