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Lost World Film Festival


June 5 - 10, 2021

The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 2021 in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. 

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival - 2021:

Greek & International short films in SW Crete


Six days of Film Screenings, Parallel social events, Live Music, Industry Talks, culinary highlights & more! Combining the best in International & Greek Short Films demonstrating Great story telling,, daily Live Music, social gatherings & Parties with headlining bands & entertainment, our Festival is a 'must do' for Filmmakers, Film Industry & Audience guests who wish to combine networking, brainstorming, soaking up great films and chilling in one of the most desirable spots on the Planet. Screenings are held under the Stars in the Town Square and oceanside at the Pearl Cavo venue attracting filmmakers and visitors from all corners of the Globe.

We are delighted to announce that Bruno Chatelin of will be attending and  presenting a Keynote: ‘The Hollywood Stories from Bruno Chatelin’ – Chapter 2 ‘The Doors’ by Oliver Stone

In due course we will announce details of more parallel Talks and Master Classes which will be included in our Film Festival Programme. Keep a weather eye for details both here and on our website.


‘DAVE GRUSIN, NOT ENOUGH TIME’ Directed by Barbara Bentree – Produced by John Rangel


Andromeda (Opening Night Party at Atoli)
Change House (Closing Night Party at Pearl Cavo)

Key Festival Partners, Loupakis Winery, Fischer Beer, Aris Hotel, Screen Ireland, All About Festivals, Municipality of Kandanos Selinou


The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality.

We have a limited number of complimentary rooms which the Paleochora Hotel Association has kindly offered to Officially Selected International visiting filmmakers. To be eligible for complimentary accommodation, filmmakers must have reached Official Selection Status plus provide us with details of dates of Travel to Crete. There are alo special hotel discounts available for participating Festival attendees.

We are open to all genres of Short Films, with the exception of gratuitous Horror.

Our core festival team is made up of a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts and film professionals. Our goal is to provide the best possible communication and a fun, productive festival experience. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email and we will do our best to reply within 48hrs.

We look forward to your Film Submission.



Tel: +30 6987856018


Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival (2020 event) POSTPONED UNTIL June 5 -10, 2021

It is with much regret that we announce the postponement of our Film Festival until 2021. All Officially Selected filmmakers will be notified in person of these changes in person in the coming days. MOST IMPORTANTLY: All 2020 Officially Selected films will simply transfer to our 2021 programme. There are a multitude of reasons for this decision, suffice to say that continued Global & National uncertainty coupled with constantly shifting official guidelines means that we w...

2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival - 2020 at a glance

International & Greek Short Films in SW Crete At a Glance - 6 Day Event FULL PROGRAMME WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER                   FREE ENTRY - ALL WELCOME                         LIVE MUSIC with JAN OLESEN - (J.O.) - every evening PRE-SCREENING (By Invitation Only) This indicates events exclusively for our Filmmaker & Film Industry Guests Saturday October 3...

2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival, 2020 postponed to sunny October Crete

International & Greek Short Films in SW Crete, October 3rd – 8th   EXTENDED DEADLINE: This year we’ve moved our usual Springtime Event forward to Autumn dates. With an extended submission period until late August, we look forward to an even more dynamic programme, filmmaker attendance & Festival fun! The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival takes place October 3 - 8 in SW Crete; a six-day event which is jam packed with the very best in International & G...

Lost World celebrates success of inaugural edition and extends the call for entry of its second edition to august 20

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival   October 3 - 8, 2020 August 20th, 2020 Extended Deadline The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in October 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous C...

VIDEO: Ambiance from Lost World Film Festival

Winners say thank you for watching   Linda McGuire talks with Bruno Chatelin: "A dream come true, our main aim will be to select short films of all genres which focus on great storytelling...".       evening opening concert by vocal & guitar duo ‘Rainbow Touch.     Traditional dances from Crete at opening ceremony.   Did you miss the poster on Paleochora? ...

"Of Gods, sea and men" in the Paleochera area

While travelling across Crete you will keep discovering churches and small chapels built centuries ago in the most peaceful and beautiful areas. Discovering these jewels at the end of a path, up in the mountains, reigning over the most wonderful view on the sea is a constant thrill. Finding their door open a bliss, finding the key hidden under a flat stone becomes a game and a hunt for lost treasures, Your reward can be fresco dating 12th or 13th century, St George killing the dragon.... It s...

Lost World Wonder Poster Campaign

Art and poster by Linda McGuire festival director. Live Music from Chania based band ‘Change House’ at Lost World Film Festival closing night party.    ...

Chill out festival time in Paleochora

Scooter! Churches and chapels with an amazing view   Amazing landscapes Cafe for your daily does of Ouzo or mountain tea, wonderfull restaurants for your grilled sea bass: ...with surrounding sea with a call for action ...

Lost World Film Festival Closing ceremony with awards

Attending Award Winners as Follows ‘Without Milk’ Best Greek Director: Thodoris Vournas (Greece) ‘Without Milk’Best Greek Film Cast: Alexandros Logothetis & Panos Mouzouakis ‘Without Milk’ Best Cinematography Greek: Petros Antoniadis ‘Without Milk’ Best Greek Short Fiction Film 2nd Best Greek Editing - Dimitris Kadis (Greece) for “Check In” Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film Director Olivia ...

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Fest wrapped 1st edition to a huge success, screening 67 films, with 22 filmmakers attending

  The 1 st Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in co-operation with the Municipality of Kandanos Selinou launched to a huge success June 1-5, 2019.   With over 350 film submissions resulting in 67 Officially Selected films from 19 countries, the Festival team are delighted to announce that over 20 of our International and Greek filmmakers & directors attended Paleochora to participate in the Festival! Film guests travelled from Br...

Jeff Bridges Living in the Future's Past closing film

Jeff Bridges could not attend but sent the audience a warm and engaging video message. Bruno Chatelin who represents the film on th efestival circuit introduced the film ...

Filmmakers working and networking at Pearl Cavo

Gianna (Pearl Cavo) and Linda McGuire ...

Lost World Film Festival Keynote on film marketing strategy by Bruno Chatelin

Bruno Chatelin shared a bit of his film marketing experience with filmmakers attending the screening at Pearl Cavo.   ...

3 concerts for the opening of Lost World Film Festival

The Festival launched with a spectacular opening day celebration which included a Gourmet Meet & Greet Wine buffet at Finikas-Palm Tree Restaurant, an evening concert by vocal & guitar duo ‘Rainbow Touch’ as well as Traditional Cretan dancing performed by the Paleochora Cultural Association with all concerts & evening screenings taking place ‘Under the Stars’ in the Town Square and continuing onto a fabulous opening night party with Live Greek Music from &ls...

Cretan traditions at the center of the Lost World film festival

Ancient songs, traditional music and dancing at the opening ceremony.   And of course the local wines and smiles... ...

1st Lost World Film Festival Launched to a great success

At the end of day Linda McGuire , festival director commented that she had met her goals and more. Very big success with popular following and a very smooth run. Opening with all festival ambassadors supporting Linda McGuire and filmmakers at a get together buffet and BarbQ early afternoon. Later in the day the official opening was given at 7 pm next to the town hall, a concert and traditional cretan dancers and music heated the heart of Paleochero (a small port village of 2200 souls). The...

A new film festival on the map...launching in Crete will report and cover with some pictures and videos, stay tuned and if you missed it, the next call for entries starts in july.   ...

Bolton Film Festival curated program to be shown at Paleochera Lost World Film Festival

Adrian Barber, Festival Director of the  Bolton Film Festival; 'Thanks to Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival for inviting #BoltonFilmFest over to Pealeochora in Crete with a 90 minute guest programme of films. Wishing this new festival the best of success with it's first edition in what has to be one of the most beautiful settings for a film festival one could wish for.' Adrian added: "Things have started well at Bolton Film Festival, we had an...

Filmmaker Olivia Hadjiioannou from Cannes to Lost World Film Festival...

  With Bruno Chatelin in Cannes where they were both awarded at the French Riviera Film Festival! Olivia Hadjiioannou is getting ready to leave tomorrow for Crete for the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival June 1-5! Much gratitude to Aris from the Aris hotel in Paleochora for sponsoring my stay during the festival!  Also, to all of you who donated in the Indi...

Jeff Bridges ' Living in the Future's Past Closing film, June 5 at Lost World Film Festival

Watch a 5 minutes sneak peek of the documentary directed by Susan Kucera, produced by Jeff Bridges to screen ‘Living in the Future’s Past’ a Special inclusion Feature Documentary Produced & narrated by Jeff Bridges - Directed by Susan Kucera will screen as closing film June 5 at 20:15 - 21:40, prior to the awards ceremony.   ...


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About Lost World Film Festival

McGuire Linda

Linda’s career in Film is long standing and diverse. Her acting career launched in the early 90’s when she founded the London Maverick Theatre Company then rapidly progressed into TV & Film. Working alongside veteran Film Directors such as Stephen Frears (‘Dangerous Liaisons’,‘The Queen’) and Ian Sellar (‘The Englishman’ ‘Prague’), Linda was regularly invited by the NFTS to assist student Film Directors in the process of working with Actors. Throughout this time, Linda found herself increasingly drawn into the core of Filmmaking, lending her creative and production skills to support both emerging and established filmmakers with their projects. Annual attendances at the Cannes Film Festival soon became less about being an actor and more about raising the profile of new films, projects & screenplays. Eventually breaking away from London, Linda developed a passion for bringing the Art of filmmaking and acting into the remote communities that she travelled to, culminating in the making of short films, ‘Mana Moana’ in New Zealand & ‘Heavenly Time’ in Greece. She is also founder and Festival Director of the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival (International) which launches in June 2019.

Events organisation include: International Concerts, Film Premieres, VIP Screenings, Galas, Exhibitions, Fundraisers etc. London, Los Angeles, New York, Auckland, Glasgow, Cyprus & Crete



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