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Lost World Film Festival


The 1st Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launches in June 2019 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. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

We are delighted to announce that Bruno Chatelin of will be attending our Festival and presenting a Keynote on 'Film Festival Strategy.

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.

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In addition to our listed venues, we are also aiming to include Open Air evening screenings in Central Paleochora. More news on this once we have finalised the details.

We have a limited number of complimentary rooms which the Paleochora Hotel Association has kindly offered to Officially Selected International visiting filmmakers. Once submissions close on April 15th, there will be an immediate lottery to determine which filmmakers will win complimentary accommodation.(To be eligible, filmmakers must have reached Official Selection Status plus provide us with evidence of Travel to Crete arrangements/bookings.) There will also be special hotel discounts available for 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.


Lost World celebrates success of inaugural edition and launches the call for entry of its second edition

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival   May 30 – June 4, 2020 October 24, 2019  Early Bird Deadline February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline April 10, 2020 Late Deadline The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 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 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.   ...

The 1st Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in co-operation with the Municipality of Kandanos Selinou launches June 1-5

  Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival, June 1-5 The 1st Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in co-operation with the Municipality of Kandanos Selinou  launches June 1-5, 2019. FULL PROGRAM With over 350 film submissions resulting in 67 Officially Selected films from 19 countries, we are delighted to announce that many of our International and Greek filmmakers & directors have confirmed that they are travelling to Paleochora to participate in the Festival! Our an...

At a Glance - 5 Day Event at Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival: June 1 - 5, 2019

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival International & Greek Short Films in SW Crete At a Glance - 5 Day Event : June 1 - 5, 2019   FREE ENTRY - ALL EVENTS - ALL WELCOME     Saturday June 1 14:00 - 17:00  | Meet & Greet & registration Buffet, Finikas/Palm Tree, Sandy Beach 19:00 - 20:15 |  Opening Night - Live Music - Traditional Dancers - Town Hall (Outdoor) 20:30 - 22:15  | Opening Night Short Films & Director Q&A - Town Hall (O...

Guest speaker Bruno Chatelin interviewed on festival strategy

BRUNO CHATELIN - FILMFESTIVALS.COM PALEOCHORA LOST WORLD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FESTIVAL JUDGE 2019   Bruno Chatelin Interview by Eleni Oulani     Having created the online platform, aiming at promoting film festivals worldwide, you have seen the birth of many festivals around the world. Can you tell us a little bit about this experience? I started developing a strong interest for festivals in 1987 when I was distributing films in Fr...


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About Lost World Film Festival

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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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