Browse through the detailed list of the screening films of the 4th Santorini Film Festival edition and explore our diverse programme.

Albatross – Reggetiko Project

Short documentary about the experimental music collective Reggetiko Project and their encounter with Jazz legend Milcho Leviev. Members of the music ensemble and guest musician Milcho Leviev, discuss their connection to music and each other, as they complete their latest album, Albatross. The albatross is a symbol of perfect, effortless symbiosis with nature. Through their music, Reggetiko Project attempts to explore a symbiosis between themselves, resulting in effortless harmony. Like the albatross’ name, the music of Reggetiko Project is also multicultural in its origin, merging numerous traditions to create something entirely new.

Charalambos Charalambous

Alexandre the Fool / Alexander Odyssey

Fifteen years after a psychotic event on the South China Sea flipped his life upside down, Alex, a sensitive, refined and schizophrenic man is at a crossroads. His grand-mother and confidante, who would like to die with peace of mind, insists that he tries to find a girlfriend. His encounter with a young psychotic woman gives birth to an ardently passionate relationship, making him slowly drift away from his usual emotional boundaries. While the South China Sea’s troubled waters well up in his mind, he gradually isolates himself, in danger of being swallowed by paranoia’s unfathomable abyss. An intimate odyssey, at once troubling and sublime.

Pedro Pires


A small group of World War I soldiers getting out of the dreary trenches. Their constant fear of the bombs steps aside for a brief moment of time, while brotherhood along with violence, steps in.

Dimitris Papagiannopoulos


Ron's life, a young man from the periphery, is being pushed into a corner, He must wear a mask for one night to help him continue to survive in the world.

Jordan Sultana


Nestled between a beautiful lake and the Himalayas, Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal, paragliding capital of the world. The remote and traditional town is also a busy tourist destination where the locals are profoundly affected by the swarms of tourists who visit it daily. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change.

Dekel Berenson


A fire broke up in Neos Voutzas and Mati. People lost their lives. Reminiscent memories of an unjustified tragedy.

Christos Pitharas

Bi-2 — God of the Jilted

A person deprived of love can become a monster is the main idea of the video. This is the story of the ugly duckling. But unlike Andersen's fairy tale, where the hero's suffering is rewarded and he becomes a beautiful swan, there is no happy ending here – revenge follows the insults.

Vladimir Besedin

Bless me, Father

A man goes to the church in order to confess his last sin to an exasperated young priest.

Boubkar Benzabat


When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance, intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

Zoel Aeschbacher


For many years, Max, a young man full of ambition, has been dreaming of being accepted in a prestigious school of political sciences. The day before the interview, he plans to spend the night at his grandmother's house which is near where the oral exam will be taking place the next morning, thus hoping to be in the best mindset to succeed. But once he gets there, Max finds out his Grandma has decided to take her driver's license again…

Ralantoaritsimba Nirina

Darkness of Otherwhere

A young woman gets emotionally caught in a voyeuristic game on the dark shades of Tokyo only to reveal a darker past of her own.

Ayoub Qanir

Dear Child

A documentary which follows the lives of children recovering from their involvement with the drug war in Brazil

Luca Ammendola


Diana, a young farmer who comes from a conservative family, lives in the rural villages of the country. During her day-off, she and her two sisters sit on the rooftop, preparing themselves for the wedding of one of the neighbors. Weddings are an essential occasion for the women in the village; they use it to celebrate what's left of their femininity, which is lost mainly due to their hard work on the farms. As for Diana, it's a great chance to meet her secret boyfriend. After she meets with him on the appointed time and place, where they would have their privacy, her mother discovers her relationship with the young man, which leads to her whole family finding out as well. On the third day, at dawn, all of the family women ride the truck to go to work on the farm as usual. As Diana's father requested, her brother, who accompanies them, takes all the unmarried women with him. He wants them to see it. None of the girls on the truck are talking; no birds are singing; it is cold. It is Diana's last day.

Maysoon Khaled

Don’t Be Afraid if I Hug You

Franco has an autistic son, Andrea. When Andrea turned 18, father and son decided to cross the United States with a motorbike. From that adventure, the writer Fulvio Ervas wrote the book Don't be afraid if I hug you, that in 2019 became a movie directed by Academy Award Winner Gabriele Salvatores. During the production of the movie, we decided to take Franco and Andrea and put them again on a motorbike, to cross all Europe to Africa, to arrive in the desert of Sahara. Creating a new documentary about autism, about the relationship between a father and son, and dedicated to a man that decided to never give up.

Niccolò Maria Pagani


SIMON : ”I want to be a girl, mommy.” Alma freezes. She doesn’t know how to react: from now on, her 8-year-old son wants to dress up like a fairy to go to school. She asks for help from her neighbors. Soon the whole building is debating on Simon’s choice for gender orientation.

Fabien Ara

Fish Takes Off

The golden fish is dead. Gripped by her bad conscience, a young woman drives to Venice. Upon her arrival, she realizes that she mixed up two feelings. She begins a search through an empty city on a quest to find her lost emotion.

Deniz Cooper

For Your Sake

Two daughters of a Nepalese Tamang family are preparing to study abroad. Their hopes for a better life are high, but the price is immeasurable. They have to leave behind what is the Tamang people's greatest good: their family. The sisters seek a conversation with their mother and grandmother, who still live arduous lives following the old tradition.

Ronja Hemm

Gon, the Little Fox

When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyojudoesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.

Takeshi Yashiro


When Adèle, an english teacher, spontaneously lets a young 15 years old migrant, illegaly board a ferry for england with her class, she is far from grasping the importance of her gesture and its consequences on this overnight trip.

Paul Marques Duarte


Film HAVEL is drama inspired by the life and personal development of Vaclav Havel, prominent Czech playwright/ dissident/president. The film focuses on Havel's transformation from successfull – then banned – playwright of the late 60's into human rights fighter in the 70's leading to his presidency in late 80's. His transformation is the key here as this is not just descriptive biopic but drama of self-doubting intellectual torn between his passions and his self-imposed duties. From careless bohemian Havel grows into mature man realizing that if he has the opportunity to free the whole nation then he must accept this responsibility. Both for the greater good and to prove his worth – and to prove it above all to himself.

Slavek Horak


A woman wakes up in the middle of the night and meets her past. When having the need of an answer, Helena will begin to walk through passages towards a new destiny.

Hunger Ward

Nominated for a 2021 Oscar®, HUNGER WARD is the third film in the Refugee Trilogy by 2x Oscar® & Emmy® nominated director Skye Fitzgerald. Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they work to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine. With unprecedented access within a sensitive conflict-zone, HUNGER WARD reveals a world of bravery and commitment-to-care for war-stricken children amidst desperate need.

Skye Fitzgerald

I Am You

I Am You is inspired by the story of a refugee, the horrendous conditions before his heroic journey, the heartbreaking indifference confronting him along the way, and the uplifting power and humanity found in hope, truth and justice.

Sonia Nassery Cole


In the near future, as the United States faces an ongoing pandemic, civil unrest, and growing unemployment, Clare, a pregnant waitress in need of healthcare, and her friend Sara endeavor to cross the closed US-Canadian border by foot. Unfortunately, the guide they hired online, ‘Coyote’, is a useless stoner and the trio becomes hopelessly lost in the wilderness, walking in circles. As night approaches, Clare and Sara become very tired, cold, and hungry as they are forced to find the border themselves. Just when they think they’re safe to cross, they’re forced to reckon with strangers lurking in the woods.

Trish Dalton

J’ai Le Cafard (Bint Werdan)

A woman in a downhearted mood struggles to keep up appearances in front of her chirpy and driven office colleagues. An encounter with a dying cockroach in the office toilet develops into an absurd friendship, becoming the comforting companionship she needs until she realizes its destructive effects on her life.

Maysaa Almumin

Looking For You

Caroline Corbasson

Madonna f64.0

After an important surgery, Maria returns to her family home, in order to recover. Living with her mother, her sister and a newborn baby. While Maria’s body starts healing, a deeply hidden desire of hers surfaces. Maria wants to come close to the baby, and this creates a serious threat to the “safety” of the family home.

Stavros Markoulakis


A dangerous fugitive on the run seeks shelter after he's wounded by military law enforcement. At the same time, an adventurous young girl breaks out of her bedroom to turn off the Parental Block on her favorite VR game and their two worlds collide.

Jack Martin

Mind Drops

A woman who forgets everything (as a goldfish) strolls between people starring at her.

Youri Fernandez

Mother Bunker

Set during the robot-human war, a military robot – Mother – begins to self express by dressing in human drag and performing to a robot army. The short follows Mother, stationed in an underground bunker, as she prepares, performs, and reflects on her individuality.

George Metaxas

MY 25: The Ocean Between Us

By the age of 6, I had already decided I was going to be a Marine Biologist but I never imagined that by the time I graduated I would be fighting to save the last of a species and documenting the end of an era. It became apparent that the changes that are occurring in our oceans are happening at a staggering rate and that in just my short lifetime, in just 25 years I have been able to observe a rapid decline in health and biodiversity. As a passionate diver that has always had an affinity with our oceans I set out to make this film to show the power of marine protected areas and show a younger generation it is not too late for our generation to make a genuine and lasting impact changing the future of our oceans for the better. Switching between memories and reality ‘My 25’ tells an intimate story of how our oceans have changed in just my lifetime. From traditional fishing practices to state of the art wet labs and coral restoration work we will demonstrate how there is still time to change the fate of our oceans and show the importance of learning from different cultures and generations in the fight to conserve our oceans.

Inka Cresswell


Nesting is a story about Veikka (20), who is about to leave his work place, a construction site owned by Kari (50), to start a new life in the big city. Veikka thinks the goodbyes will go smoothly, but a rare situation appears: there’s a baby in the crane. The surprising problem is an annoyance at first, but in the end it allows communication between the employees in a way that has been difficult in the past.

Siiri Halko

On Hold

Did you know puberty lasts forever? On Hold is an experimental documentary short film contemplating around the themes of intergenerationality and socially constructed masculinity. The film is based on anonymous phone calls dialed for a helpline for boys and young men under 20-years of age.

Laura Rantanen


"A film that makes the invisible visible, looking at what we prefer not to see, a reality profoundly human that has ceased to exist for us." Joan is an alcoholic homeless who survives in Barcelona streets with his dog Tuc. After a mysterious phone call, Joan falls into a crazy drunkenness in which ends up losing Tuc. Castaway in the city, he is soon brutally beaten. We rediscover him away from the city in a delirious journey that exceeds all his limits. At the end of the road, something that was once his home. And a deathbed. The film stars real people and the main character had actually been homeless himself prior to this film.

Xesc Cabot, Pep Garrido


A young Ukrainian field athlete lives in a small town and has a big dream – to take part in the Olympics. Her competitive career has just began, and she has good results. But after a terrible car accident the girl suffers severe injuries and almost loses her eyesight. It seems that Oksana has no other choice but to forget not only about the long wished Olympics, but also about a normal life. However, she is not going to give up and wishes to prove that there are no obstacles on the way to make the real dream come true.

Sergii Chebotarenko


A series of crimes is devastating the city and there is only one person who is capable of finding the culprit: Toni Clues. When Mr. and Ms. Mendoza are murdered, their family decides to hire him. But time is against him as new victims begin to appear and the police are nowhere to be see. He will have to use all his track-hunting skills to try to solve the mystery: who is behind such gory deaths?

Rubén Garcerá


Hoda, a veiled woman, enters a police station in Beirut to submit a claim of rape. After being questioned thoroughly, she admits to the police officers that it is her husband who is abusing her. The officer at the station is surprised and somehow amused to hear this and quickly dismisses her request since it is not against the law. Nevertheless, Hoda insists and claims that he has also been physically violent, which grasps the officers' interest since the case turned into domestic violence, which is punishable by law. The officers ask her to provide them with proof of violence, get a report from a legal doctor, which costs 200 USD, so she can submit a proper claim. Since she doesn't have that kind of money, she decides to leave the station. The moment she decided to go, the officers ask her to show them her ID card for a standard background check. She provides them with what they had requested, not knowing that they will find old unpaid parking tickets in her name that have accumulated to become 200,000 LBP with the penalties. She denies having a car up until they clear the model, which turned out to be a car her husband brought supposedly for her, but then he never let her drive it and then sold it back. She begs them to let her go since she doesn't have the money, and is too scared to call her husband, but they persist in saying to her that she cannot leave before paying the penalties. Every option she has will lead to an even more problematic domestic environment.

Farah Shaer


How does it feel like when you come to understand that you are a pedophile? This theme touches upon many, yet it remains unspoken.

Saara Hakkarainen

Stolen Fish

In the tiniest country of mainland Africa, The Gambia, fish is now being powdered up by Chinese corporations and exported to Europe and China to feed animals in industrial farming. As a result, Gambians are being deprived of their primary source of protein and overfishing is depleting marine ecosystems. The film follows Abou, Mariama and Paul, three Gambians who share intimate stories of daily struggle, anger, hope and longing for their loved ones in the midst of difficult migration routes. The first film on Gambia’s fishmeal factories, offering a unique insight into untold drivers of migration and the role played by women in new economic systems.

Gosia Juszczak

Stuck Together

The idea of my film Stuck Together deals with the global subject of the migrant crisis referring, above all, to the xenophobia and panic rhetoric present in all mainstream media which, simultaneously, serves as a defence of the so-called imperialistic politics of the great powers. The idea is to try and expose this discourse, whereas to perceive the present migrations in a historic and globally political context realized through a concrete artistic practice. With that, we will get a more complete picture of this problem and will obviously open a lot of questions but we will also call for possible solutions. Through my creative investigation in my experimental film Stuck Together, and at the same time using a strong visual aesthetics, these twenty silent participants placed and stuck in a symbolical space – a glass cube placed in an open area, I refer to the global actual issue, and the life and destiny of migrants and homeless people, whereas, through their sad destinies, I reflect the picture of the present society. Actually, through their non-verbal gesticulations, mimes and lost eye-sights, there are different dimensions of attitudes and question that intersect with each other, of past and present, the relation of centre and periphery, all aspects of movements and travel, migrations and exile, but also establishing new standards in communication of contemporary local, regional and European dimensions in a time where reading new constellations and ideologies from the past is needed due to the new establishment in the multipolar new world.

Tanja Balac

Sweet Guilty Pleasure

This world is way more unbelievable than you think. When the director read a story about the sexual and romantic relationship between a human and a dolphin, and learned that it was not the only case, he was inspired. Based on a real story, the MV attempts to uncover the origin of a legend by proposing a hypothesis from a scientific point of view: the possibility of mutation. Could it be the origin of the mermaid legend? A girl fell in love with a dolphin. The forbidden love was discovered by the villagers and aroused their anger. They brought a nautical chart and set out to hunt the dolphin (just like the witch and vampire hunt in the medieval period). In the end, the dolphin was killed; the girl went crazy. Ten months later, the girl gave birth to a half- man half-fish creature. This might be the origin of the mermaid legend.

Outerspace Leo


An 80 year old woman spends her time at a bus station. She's waiting for the right moment to leave this place forever.

Kim Allamand

The Cat

The story of a happy little girl who is selling flowers on the street…. until the idyllic world she knows is enveloped by an oozing, malevolent darkness that destroys everything in its path. She is forced to run for her life as the darkness consumes anything that it can’t control – art, education, religion, society, and even the people themselves. The darkness and oppression are so relentless that the exhausted girl gives up. But she can’t go through with it. She has to continue fighting… whatever the cost. Her strength and determination bring light back to her life and repel the darkness. She is free once again. And the world is beautiful once again. This is a parable about life – especially for women – in Iran since the Revolution. And what we hope the future will bring.

Mary Apick

The Club of Angels

A group of friends meet a mysterious chef that may be poisoning them. Why would these men want to keep returning to the dinners?

Angelo Defanti

The Enraged Ones

A group of high school seniors is planning their farewell show, when a rumor of a classmate’s attempted suicide starts spreading in the school cafeteria. Everyone in the room has an opinion on what actually happened and what was the cause of it. The story gets wilder and wilder while Mio, the main character of the speculated event, stands still and watches his classmates get lost in their own narrative.

Malin Nyqvist

The Good Death

Janette is terminally ill and wants to die in a dignified way but British laws do not allow it. She gets in touch with Dr. Erika in Switzerland, who is willing to help her. Muscular dystrophy, the illness that Janette suffers from, has affected her family for generations. Janette must plan her journey to Switzerland before her rapidly advancing disease makes it impossible. With inner peace Janette organizes her departure while her loved ones go through an emotional storm. Her son Simon has also inherited this illness and, therefore, has much more sympathy regarding her decision than his sister Bridget. The relationship drama escalates as death comes closer. Do we own our life or does it own us?

Tomas Krupa

The Midnight’s Children Project

More than 30 years after its first publication, Salman Rushdie's epic novel, Midnight's Children resonates more than ever in a world of growing conflict, calling for articulate, creative story telling. Visual artist Alexander Klingspor and Violinist-Composer Ittai Shapira have started to integrate visual art and music in response to the book, exploring story telling through their respective disciplines. We believe that literature, visual art, and music can be effective tools for us to better understand one another in a world of growing conflict; And what better way than the magical realism of novelist Salman Rushdie, be it in a museum, classroom, or a concert hall.

Alexander Klingspor , Annica Klingspor , Ittai Shapira

The One You Love

When an elderly Black widower's suicide attempt is rudely interrupted by a South Asian runaway teen hiding in his shed, they have to cross racial, generational and cultural barriers to eventually save each others' lives.

Nikki Cole

The Parrot Lady

The parrot lady' is inspired by a true story. The film works as an artistic interpretation of a woman's life who chose to live on the streets with her parrots, afraid of dying alone in her home.

Michalis Kalopaidis

The Perfect Spot

In a small corner of green paradise, two beautiful brothers, whose opinions differ totally on the ecology should never have gone fishing together. The fact that the fish do not bite on that Sunday does not improve their relationship. In fact, they come to argue from one end to the other of the day, totally forgetting the chance they have to be in a sublime setting. And then suddenly, miracle! A key ! Are they reconciled unless? …

Laura Richard

The Remandee

William has been remanded for 2 years in Lusaka Central Prison, awaiting conviction in a case in which he is charged with car theft and murder. After losing touch with his wife and daughter six months ago, he is now deeply concerned about his daughter’s safety. Prison counselor Hastings arranges a meeting between William and his wife Mutinta. She has secretly remarried, but William is convinced that true love never fades away and tries to win her back. Given his undecided fate in prison and the uncertainty of his future William is eventually forced to make a tough decision: choosing between a tempting secret affair with his ex-wife that sets her new marriage and the daughter's wellbeing at risk or the safety of their child.

Alexander Lind, Jakob Jakobsen

The Secret of Sinchanee

An industrial tow truck driver suffering from insomnia returns to his childhood home after the untimely death of his father, to discover that a paranormal presence has been living in the house and haunting the sacred land it was built on.

Steven Grayhm

The Speech

May 2003, Beijing, China. Under the pressure of WHO, the Chinese government announced that the SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak is real. The city is closed. Most students have been sent home. During a lockdown inside a private boarding , three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world. At the entrance, ANQI discovers a dark secret about the adult world; In the quarantine dorm, YEZI learns a lesson about
 life and death; On the stage, ZHENZHEN 
 finds the courage to step out of her 
comfort zone, to find her own voice in front of the whole …

Haohao Yan


In one summer day, the "enlightened" lord of the village decides to wash in a bathhouse, but he cannot, since all the peasants have gone to the prohibited village dances. The lord is indignant and calls his efficient worker Timonia to resolve the issue with the bathhouse. During the bath procedures, the lord has poisoned by fumes in the bathhouse to death. But during the funeral, it turned out that the lord pretended to be dead in order to see who would grieve for him and who does not. Timonia exposes the lord's pretense and dips him in a font of ice water to revive him. After that, everyone, including the lord, goes to the village dances.

Alexey Belkin, Vsevolod Aljokhin


Four people on the fringes of society are going to make a "seismic" encounter. Four vagabonds, with seemingly no future, will discover the meaning of hope. For Jo and Faustine, two worlds collide: misery and opulence, illiteracy and culture. One is a young woman living out of her broken car, while the other, a wannabe writer, ran away from her family and comfortable consumerist life. Jo is a mess of exploding emotions with a heavy past, and Faustine might be about to write her story. Soha and Anastasia are two young and isolated vagabonds, damaged by drugs and the street. They stumble upon one another only to become inseparable. Together, they run away from their past to walk into a better present. Will their newfound friendship and love be the force they need to aspire to a normal life?

Philippe Dajoux


When Ali runs away, he gets caught in a case of mistaken identity with perilous consequences.

Samir Mallal

Violet Field

Reihan's granny is on her deathbed and Reihan is very sad. She gets even worse when her father decides to take granny to a clinic in another village.




Verena Eccardt, Finja Kelpe

Wings of the Spirit

The failed Viennese musicologist Szabo works as an animal carer and house sitter for wealthy people. But when visited by his successful, younger ex-colleague Fitzthum, a rare parrot, which he should guard, escapes him. Szabo sees his already precarious life in shambles, but Fitzthum has a brilliant idea and together they go out in search of a doppelganger of the precious animal.

Albert Meisl