11th Chania Film Festival:

FILM ENTRY Rules and Regulations

The 11th Chania Film Festival will take place from 18 till 28 October 2023 in Chania, Crete.

The 11th Chania Film Festival includes a Competition Section and/or a general screening program with audience awards.

Awards will be granted for the following categories: Best Full-Feature Fiction Film, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Full-Feature Documentary Film, Best Short Documentary Film, Best Animation Film.

The 11th Chania Film Festival will include Audience Awards for the same categories. The Chania Film Festival holds sole responsibility for the voting procedure and award presentation.

All films in the Competition Section will be accessed by a jury composed exclusively for this purpose.

The jury members will be announced after the submission period and before the start of the 11th Chania Film Festival.

The 11th Chania Film Festival will also present the following awards:

a) The “Mikis Theodorakis” Award, in collaboration with the Cretan Association of Friends of Mikis Theodorakis

b) The “Walter Lassally” Educational Creation Award, established and granted by the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication – EKOME

c) The “#ThisisEU – European Values” Award, established and granted by the Representation of the European Commission in Athens

d) The Film Clubs Association Award (OKLE)

e) The “History and Culture of Crete” Award

f) The “Right to Life” Award

g) The Podcast Award

Films will be included in the screening program as Nominations for the 11th CFF Award or as 11th CFF Official Selections. The classification will be determined by the Chania Film Festival. Part of these films is included in the parallel and/or online program.

Participation in the Chania Film Festival screening program does not entail exclusivity in screenings and does not require the films to premiere in the Festival.

The film submission period starts on the 13th of February and runs till the 28th of May 2023. Qualified filmmakers will be informed via e-mail by the end of July 2023.

Films submitted must be produced in the past three years (2020 – 2023).

Filmmakers participating in the 11th Chania Film Festival agree to the screening of their film either in physical space (Festival venue) or in a secure online platform with controlled access.

The screening program of the Chania Film Festival includes fiction films, documentaries and animation.

Films less than 10 minutes of duration are considered very short films, 10 – 50 minutes are considered short films, and films over 50 minutes are full features.

Entry forms can be submitted ONLY in the following link: https://filmfreeway.com/CHANIAFILMFESTIVAL-931525

For the preliminary stage of selection, all submissions must include a link with the preview copy of the film on YouTube or Vimeo, along with the password.

Selected films must be sent via snail mail in USB stick or hard disc (will be returned, if required, after the festival) to the following address:

Cultural Organisation of Crete / Chania Film Festival / P.O. BOX 3 / Demokratias and Chali Street Vamvakopoulo / 73135 Chania Crete / (Other forms of electronic delivery may be discussed in certain cases.)

Greek speaking films must have English subtitles applied (hard-coded).

Non-Greek speaking films must have Greek subtitles applied. Non-Greek speaking films that do not have embedded Greek subtitles must be sent without any subtitles, accompanied by a separate SRT file with the English subtitles.

A trailer with English subtitles should be sent along with a full press kit (film stills, summary, cast & crew, poster etc.) for promotional purposes.

The final copy that will be screened in the Chania Film Festival should be available in:

  • DCP or
  • File Format: mp4
  • Codec: H.264
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Scan type: Progressive
  • Bitrate: 10000 – 12000 Kbps
  • Frame rate: 25 fps
  • Audio: AΑC, 256 – 320 Kbps, 48000 Hz


All material must be received by August 20th 2023.

The Chania Film Festival retains the right – with the agreement of the creators – to screen part of the participating films in parallel CFF events after the end of the Festival.

Films participating in the Chania Film Festival can be included in the educational program / CFF Edu, developed and presented by the CFF throughout the year, as material for research and reference. In this case, the Chania Film Festival will contact filmmakers to discuss this possibility.

Special features and thematic selections can be part of the CFF screening program.

The Chania Film Festival will cover hospitality expenses of participating filmmakers for two overnights.

The Chania Film Festival retains the right to reject any submission on the following conditions: a) the submission is incomplete, b) the submission is sent overdue, and c) the content of the film is offensive and promotes hate speech.

The Chania Film Festival retains the right to reject any material not compatible with its identity and mission.

The Chania Film Festival solely decides and schedules the screening program (day and hour) during its running period.

The Chania Film Festival has the right to use the trailers or parts of the participating films for promotional purposes.

Participants are expected to give interviews to the Festival’s communication team and to media sponsors and to be available for photo shootings, if asked.

The Festival and the parallel events will be filmed for archival and promotional purposes. Participants and the audience whose presence is obvious in the audiovisual documentation, have no rights or demands toward the Festival, as far as this footage is concerned.

Podcast section

  • The Chania Film Festival includes a special unit / section for documentary podcasts.
  • The podcasts submitted will be included in the Competition Section or the general one, correspondingly.
  • The podcasts could entail narration, interviews, soundscapes, music and other elements of creative expression.
  • Each podcast can be 10-30 minutes long. The podcast file types are: MP3, M4A, WAV, MPG, MOV, MP4. Each podcast file must not exceed 250 MB.

Participation in the Chania Film Festival implies acceptance of all above regulations.

For any questions or further information please contact: chaniafilmfestival@gmail.com

Chania Film Festival Organization Committee