Browse through the detailed list of the screening films of the 2nd Santorini Film Festival edition and explore our diverse programme.

A Fine Stew

Easter Sunday. Catherine has cooked her stew, Manon is hungover, Jacques is late. Dad is getting married and Pierre is the one who has to announce it. It would be just a normal family meal … if there wasn't a dead cat in the freezer …

Marie Glichitch

A Sealed Idea

Athens, 2028. The "stability government" that was implemented 5 years ago in order to revive the economy, has transformed into a totalitarian regime. Two members of the resistance obtain a USB drive full of important information and become instantly a target.

Theo Panagopoulos

An Untold Story of Paperboats

This action packed film is the story of a school boy who gets drawn into the dark life of child soldiers. Set in the Naxalite infested jungles of Bengal.

Amit Khanna



K. Prada & J. Prada (Hermanos Prada)

Baby I’m Yours

In the future as it was imagined in the 1950s, Nathan notices his mother acting strange and begins to question whether or not she is a robot.​

Hadley Hillel


When a rookie drug mule encounters an abandoned baby girl, they become an unlikely team as they embark on a train journey through China. In Chinese BAO means 1: Baby 2: Treasure

Fei Yanqiu

Before I Forget

At 80 years old, Polidoro decides to demolish the stability of its comfortable life as a retired judge and becomes businesses partner in a strip-tease club. These dark desires astonish his family. Beatriz, his daughter, decides to officially interdict in court, claiming that her father is loosing it's mental health. Subpoenaed to testify, his son Paulo declares himself incapable to give an opinion because he hasn't been in touch with his father for years. The judge sentences both father and son to spend time with each other for some time and, then, he would ask Paulo what he thinks of his father's health. In the unusual setting of the strip-club, both of them will have their lives turned as, after a long time, they will put differences aside and get together.

Tiago Arakilian

Blue Noise

Rachel, a successful university swimmer, finds the courage to speak out against her abusive coach after a horrible realization.

Jonah Moshammer

Buck Run

Upon the death of his mother, Karen (Amy Hargreaves), 15-year-old Shaw Templeton (Nolan Lyons) is forced into the care of his estranged, shame-addled father, William (James Le Gros), who lives modestly in a hunting cabin far outside town. As Shaw struggles to find a father in William, he seeks a funeral for his mother. Set in small town Pennsylvania, 'Buck Run' is an atmospheric, insightful drama about the tumult of teen grief and the fallibility of parental love. It is a look through a peephole at Director Nick Frangione's deeply personal story.

Nick Frangione

Cassidy Red

Cassidy Red is a western romance set against the backdrop of the 19th century American southwest, that follows the headstrong daughter of a prostitute who returns to her hometown seeking vengeance against the corrupt lawman she believes murdered her lover.

Matt Knudsen


AIDCC28002025, known as CC, is an AID (Artificially Intelligent Device). She has been leased by Cloverhill Nanny Agency to Lena Howard to take care of her daughter, Adelaide. When a violent incident occurs between CC and Lena, an investigative team must determine what happened.

Kailey Spear, Sam Spear

Claudio Fasoli’s Innersounds

The movie wants to be a real journey into the creative processes of jazz musician Claudio Fasoli, a journey in stages, an intimate and unpublished black and white portrait. Claudio's voice reveals his thoughts as he spoke directly to every single viewer, and helps us to get as far as you can with words, in concepts such time, improvisation, the real meaning of the word jazz. The film follows the entire process of creating a new composition by Claudio Fasoli. The chords sketched on the piano, playing with sax, the musical arrangement with the Quintet in the rehearsal room, until the live performance. The editing is marked by absolute respect for Claudio's music, for this “Claudio Fasoli's Innersounds” besides being a portrait of a Great of Jazz, aspire to being in itself a real Jazz movie.

Angelo Poli

Dare Not Fly

Shen Si Yan, who lived under the strong fetters of her mother, was like a bird blindfolded, but could not fly. When it comes to daily chores, friends, work and mate are all interfered. Even if words have stepped out of society, mother still does not allow her to make her own choices. How can she survive without compromise, loss of self thinking, and mother who is bent on loving her daughter?

Chuyi Chen


Tufan who works at a small print shop lives in Eskişehir with his wife Mukaddes and daughter Simge. Huriye, their lonely neighbour next door falls ill one night. A doctor recommends that she shouldn’t stay on her own. Tufan takes pity on Huriye, who has no family to turn to, and decides to host her at his house. Through fear and anxiety he experiences Tufan’s kindness is put to test.

Vuslat Saraçoğlu


Cries of ‘DIVA’ are known to ring out in the drag bar as well as the opera house. In this surreal queer fantasia on classical music, Baroque iconography, and scandalous first-century verse, drag prima donna Divina de Campo premieres an original operatic aria with chamber orchestra by composer V. R. Alevizos. Europe’s historic concert halls set the stage for an ecstatic meeting of two art traditions which traffic in extremes of gender performance, enacting a space where the drag bar diva and the opera house diva share the same skin.

Adam Csoka Keller

Doing Money

A young Romanian woman is snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of pop-up brothels. Her shocking true story offers a tense and thought-provoking thriller exposing how, in modern Britain, slavery can hide in plain sight.

Lynsey Miller

Eight out of Ten

Aurelio and Citlali meet in a cheap hotel in the center Mexico City during the darkest time of their lives. He just buried his son, murdered in broad daylight. She had to leave her daughter with her abusive father. Aurelio wants the unresponsive police to capture his son's murderers. Citlali needs a legal document to fight for her daughter's custody. Their quest for justice soon turns into the need for revenge. One unseemly step at a time, they fall in love and a pact is forged between them: to help each other achieve justice on their own.

Sergio Umansky

Electric Love

Four couples traverse the modern dating scene in Los Angeles utilizing popular dating apps.

Aaron Fradkin


Emma (9) and her Mum recently moved to a new flat in London. Mum suffers from depression. Emma takes care of both herself and her mother, struggling between being a child and looking after her Mum’s needs.

Sophie Gueydon


On the day of his wife's birthday, Lambros, an introvert man, welcomes relatives and friends to their home in the province for a festive meal. When his brother tells a story from their childhood years, shaming him in front of the attendees, the underlying tensions emerge leading to an outbreak of violence.

Chris Tatsis


Eve is a diptyque about outrageousness and thirst of immortality. Eve and Lili, two women locked away in their Eden, are waiting for love and recognition. Shaped until perfection, almost angels, they defy time passing. This is an ode to the beauty, a love declaration to nonconformism and hope.

Agathe Riedinger


Sofia and Aristidis are having dinner talking about their upcoming marriage. But an unexpected meeting will change everything.

Alkiviadis Papadopoulos

Five Days in August

Directed by Emmy ® Award winning filmmaker Nick Ruff, Five Days in August is a feature documentary that follows two teams competing in the world's largest and richest billfish tournament – The White Marlin Open. With a total of 353 boats battling for an unprecedented 4.9 million dollars in prize money, the stakes couldn't be higher. For these fisherman, everything is literally on the line.

Nicholas Ruff

High Chaparral

A theme park celebrating America’s mythic Wild West in wintery Sweden becomes a welcoming home for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. One of the last places you might expect to find an American-style Wild West theme park is in the middle of a Swedish forest, yet High Chaparral and its second life as a refugee camp feels strangely appropriate. With so much immigration in a short amount of time, Sweden has had a lot of logistics to work out — like where to put them all. When asked about his decision to allow his theme park to become a camp while closed for the winter, Emil Erlandsson said that he knew his grandfather would’ve done the same. “He built this place with the philosophy of the American settlers.” While many refugees take shelter in tents and athletic stadiums, this bizarre and unexpected American West setting in the middle of a Swedish forest in the middle of winter has become one of the better refugee camps in Sweden. And for 500 refugees, one of the most unique camps in the world, and a safe place far away from home.

David Freid


When a college sophomore returns home to share some important news with his parents, things don’t go exactly as he had expected… until they do.

Jennifer Blair

I am Human

I Am Human is a sci-fi documentary chronicling humanity’s quiet march down a new evolutionary path…where man and machine merge as one. Meet Anne, Bill, and Stephen – three of the world's first humans with brain computer interfaces – and the scientists and entrepreneurs on a quest to unlock the secrets of the human brain. As the subjects each grapple with the unique opportunities and challenges of their implantable technology, we’re forced to reconcile with the larger societal implications. Will the same technology that heals the sick lead to super human abilities, telepathic communication, and cognitive enhancement? How will this change what it means to be human…and most importantly, are we ready?

Taryn Southern, Elena Gaby

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs

A fussy writer battles his large ego and high expectations to create a work of art.

wade shotter


Adapted from one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays “Romeo and Juliet”, “Juliet” explores an alternate ending to the tragedy. It conveys the realities of their love through dance and visual metaphors.

Angie Su

Love Possibly

A rom-com obsessed virgin finally finds a fiancee on a Russian bride site, but he soon realizes Hollywood rom-com rules don't apply when you're trying to make a mail-order bride love you.

Michael Boccalini, Che Grant


The name of this short film 安 is a Chinese Character. From how it is written represents A women (女)under a rooftop (宀)which means women stay at home. which makes people think of SAFE, HAPPY, CALM AND PEACEFUL, etc, this is what actually 安 means. However this word, to the content of this film, it is kind of irony. This is the same reason we chose the English name " Lullaby". Here is a little background of this story. There were a girl and a boy sent by their parents to came to a foreign country for studying then they stayed. They met they married, they only have themselves but no other family around them. Then now, they are having a newborn with them. Everything seems perfect. But this new mother has no experience at all of how to raise a baby and she is having a girl; this new Father who has been out of the house since this baby was born, he is avoiding troubles and refusing to go home. Because she is having a girl, their very typical hoary dogmas Chinese parents think this is not worth them to come to help them. This new mother unfortunately after suddenly not be able to produce any more breast milk, then suffering deeply from the Postpartum Depression. Lots of people heard of this sickness, but most people think this PPD thing will go away soon or could not be that serious. So this short film is actually aiming at bringing more attention to those new families, especially those new mothers who really need support.

Ray Du

My Moon

A relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun. Presenting “My Moon”, a new short film directed by Eusong Lee, brought to you by King of Pine in collaboration with Chromosphere.

Eusong Lee

Natalia Rising

A mystical teen prodigy squelched by her overprotective dad forms a covert band with a vivacious singer and her psychic dog in a win/lose battle for her autonomy.

Donna Bonilla Wheeler

Neither Roses, Nor Daisies

What happens to the world and beauty when we do not see or do not see anymore? As the portraits of sensory experiences mingle with one another, the film suggests its suspended moments as a space for aesthetic questioning.

Jeunghae Yim

Nena & Dave Stewart: “Be my Rebel”

Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: "Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers. At the typewriter: Nena as an annoyed bookkeeper, who threatens to disappear soon with her flower dress in her flower wallpaper. But the inner dialogue works in both directions and soon takes effect: rebellion changes the past – and thus also the future.

Virgil Widrich

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Award-winning cookbook author, environmentalist and feisty nonagenarian Diana Kennedy reflects on a life spent mastering the cuisines of Mexico.

Elizabeth Carroll


Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And sharing it has consequences…

N'cee van Heerden

One Day in GaoYi

On village GaoYi(Hunan, China)'s main street, a public announcement is posted to recruit actors for government cultural activities, and the villagers watch with great interest. The announcement does not disturb the rhythm of their daily life. Everything in the village goes on methodically, the butcher slaughters the meat, the captain ferries back and forth. The villagers' life scenes are actually the most natural and real performance.

Jiaxuan Xiao, Muqiu Qin

One Sunny Day

On Ross’ 14th birthday, he wishes for a life-long dream: to watch the sunrise on a beach. This a lofty aspiration for Ross, who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP)—a genetic disorder that makes his skin intolerable to the sun's ultraviolet light. That night, Ross meets a girl named Claire, who just moved to town. After telling her about his dream, she advises him to “just go for it.” But shortly after leaving him, Claire researches Ross’ condition. Now realizing the severity of XP, she runs back to warn him not to go; but Ross has already left the house. Enlisting the help of Ross’ father, Michael, they set out hoping to find Ross before it’s too late.

Minjae Chang

Petit Four

A married couple come to a crossroads when one suspects the other of having an affair with a ghost.

Kalainithan Kalaichelvan

Plum In The Throat

Plum In The Throat is a story about Astrit who does everything in his power to heal his daughter Zana, which for months has fallen into a coma following a car accident . Astrit is faced with some difficult decisison abd decides to sell the house in order to send his daughter abroad for better treatments. During the time in hospotal doctors discover that Zana is pregnant, which shockes Astrit. Astrit is faced with a problem which puts him in a conflict with his wife in an attempt to find out with whom is his daughter pregnant. Faced with this problem Astrit sets up to find out the father of the unborn baby.

Arsim Haliti

Rapt Tongue

Maria lives in the woods with her eunuch companion. From a faraway place, she hears John, a lone man in an empty house, who is trying to put together a simple sentence form Revelation 22:13 (in Biblical Greek). She begins her journey to help him put together the sentence. John creates maps of his coordinates that mysteriously appear for Maria. As she makes her way towards his house, she turns the phrase around.

Todd Carter


The Rooftops music video is a story about a boy in love, centered around the lyric "Rollin' like it's high school fantasy". The video was created and produced independently by four best friends, who are listed as producers. This is also Odeya's directorial debut.

Odeya Rush


Desperate to see her parent’s face, a young girl learns dream control in an attempt to meet them for the first time.

Carlos Haidamous

Short Calf Muscle

Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders. And Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. Yes, he’s also gay, but that’s not the point here. There is also this thing that others see but he doesn’t.

Victoria Warmerdam


Sydney given up for adoption at birth meets Jenny in London to find out who she really is.

Paul Wyett

The Door

Carl is an eleven year old with serious health problems. He has a brain tumor that he is being treated for, but the loss of hair and the fear the other children in his class have of him has made his life even more miserable. The constant teasing and shunning he receives makes him dread going to school. His mother and he have moved in with his grandfather when his Carl's own father deserts them, after telling his wife and son that he can't deal with the strain of caring for a sick child. At his chemo treatment, he meets Evan, a boy about his age who has leukemia and is also undergoing chemo. They begin a friendship that make their illnesses easier to bear and makes even the problems Carl has had in school easier to take. Evan's friendship with Carl has a benefit as well. Carl, with a little help from his grandfather, coaxes Michael, Evan's father, into allowing Evan to go trick or treating., something he has never done. This clears the way for a relaxing of the over protectiveness Michael has shown in the past. Carl's grandfather passes away, and soon afterward, a door begins to appear in Carl's room, pushing out of the wall, a door only he is able to see. Carl's grandfather spoke earlier to him of how dying was like opening a door between one room and another and Carl is convinced that his grandfather is waiting for him on the other side of that door, but there is also the fear that it is only a manifestation of his illness. As Carl’s health declines, Evan, who is also losing the struggle with his own illness, confesses to Carl that since he has only his father for family, that when he dies there will be no one waiting for him and that that the thought of being alone frightens him. Carl promises that he will not leave Evan alone, calming his friend’s fears. Seeing that the door is fully formed and thinking that he doesn't have much time left, Carl begs his mother for a favor; a drive around town to look at the Christmas lights. Michael, who has become an important part of the family, bundles Carl up and carries him to the car. The four of them drive around, looking at the lights, Evan excited by the sights and Carl knowing that he may be for seeing them for the last time. Then, late one night, the door opens.

The Greek Passage

Giulio Seta’s final mission in Iraqi as a war photojournalist ended dramatically. Now in therapy for PTSD, Giulio decides to travel to a remote Greek island. A middle-east refugees shipwreck, a face-off with human-trafficker Thierry, the theft of a caïque and a friendship with Captain Nikolas and the troubled Clara lead Giulio to get back in the game and face his demons.

The Human Shelter

The Human Shelter is an anthropological and poetic journey that investigates how we, as human beings, create our homes. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores our idea of the concept of home.

Boris Benjamin Bertram

The Last Witness

THE LAST WITNESS is a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940. In post-WW2 England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re- settlement of Polish troops under British command, but the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin's secret police.

Piotr Szkopiak

The Road Not Taken

Xinbo, Ding Daning, Guo hua, Chen Yimu graduated from the same university. Just like many other young people, they are self-righteous but fragile; they are arrogant but sensitive; they dream big but do small. They think they are distinguish from their generation… After a series of frustration in the beginning of their career, they try to escape. From metropolis to small city to countryside. During their journey, they witness the change of their hometown, they feel their parents’ love and care. Seeing Dr. Young’s resolution in leading the villages to get rid of poverty, they finally learned that greatness is rooted in hard work. The kind fellows from song and dance ensemble help them to realize how to live their life. In the end, Guo hua and Chen Yimu decide to end this journey and back to their real life.

Yun Zijian

The Surface of Things

There is an urban myth in Athens about Errinyos, the ancient underground river, that no one ever saw except four teenage girls in the 1980s at the “neighbourhood of hell”. Today an anthropologist who researches on the myth, locates three of these girls, now in their forties, and their former teacher, and has to face four testimonies on the mysterious appearance of the river. Through extracts of letters, recordings and interviews, they narrate the tragic story which happened thirty years ago and marked their own lives as well as the city’s collective memory.

Nancy Biniadaki

The Traffic Separating Device

A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we filmed the whoe mess of human failures.

Johan Palmgren

Time Police: the Curious Case of the Devil Dogs

After the Time Thieves ditch a dinosaur egg, the boy who finds it soon realizes that he can’t keep a growing dinosaur a secret forever. Meanwhile, the Time Police keep scouring the historical records for a missing dinosaur. Why hasn’t a dinosaur living in 21st. Century Texas made the news?


Public accounts on the 2015 European refugee crisis covered the issue through an individualizing gaze placed on the refugee subject. The refugee in suffering, an experience witnessed by us all, as a spectacle, from the distance: Images of crowded tents, boats caring overflowing numbers of people, children dying on Mediterranean shores. "Trace" turns the gaze outwards, scrutinizing the “space” of the crisis in which people seek refuge. On the one hand, there is the everyday of the “space.” The ordinary Greek island life with not much to do in the early hours of the day, with people anchoring their fishing boats, some going for a swim, some strolling for a walk. On the other hand, the island space changed from hosting refugees’ presence to hosting their absence. Trace figuratively marks the absence of the refugee crisis by symbolically creating a visual topography of the space containing the crisis, and juxtaposed to narrative accounts of people involved in the crisis.

Raluca Bejan

Transient Passengers

Searching for the woman who stole his golden pocket watch, a time-obsessed office clerk gets locked inside a cubist labyrinth where he revisits three memories that make him reconsider his deepest traumas and obsessions.

Natalia Hermida

Two Balloons

Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Mark C. Smith

What Remains

At the end of her wedding day, the bride Elaha has locked herself in the bathroom with her two closest friends to insert an artificial hymen inside her. But now Elaha is hesitating. The clock is ticking and the bathroom seems to be getting smaller and smaller.

Chiara Fleischhacker

Whoever Was Using This Bed

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award-winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire), and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).

Andrew Kotatko