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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


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 & Greek Short Films, paralleled with a dynamic programme of Live Music, Talks, culinary highlights & more. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM

Focused on presenting International & Greek Short Films which demonstrate great story telling, the festival is located in one of the most desirable spots on the Planet. Paleochora in SW Crete lies at the foot of majestic mountains on a peninsula surrounded by pristine beaches, a crystal blue ocean and also close to the world renowned Elafonissi Beach, consistently voted one of  the Top 10 beaches in the World! Film 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.

The Lost World Film Festival was a huge hit straight of the gate at the inaugural edition, with 2020 gearing up to exceed expectations once again. Having already garnered an International reputation as a ‘must do’ Film Festival destination due to its infectious charm, fabulous hospitality and stellar ambience, the event even gained a full page spread in the 25th edition of ‘Compass’, the International Film Location Managers quarterly magazine (LMGI).

Hundreds of film submissions will result in around 100 Officially Selected films and the Festival team look forward to welcoming a vast array of filmmaking talent to the event bringing short films from over 35 countries with the majority of participants already signing up to attend. On the 2020 VIP guest list are Barbara Bentree & John Rangel, the Director and producer of our special inclusion feature film ‘Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time’ along with  Bruno Chatelin, CEO of Film

Screening as a GREEK PREMIERE, award winning Director & Musician, Barbara Bentree’s film, DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME is an uplifting Documentary about one of the 20th Century's most important music composers. Millions of people all over the world have viewed Dave Grusin’s Film Score Themes, Live Concerts, and Recorded Album Music on YouTube, but even his most ardent fans don't completely realize what a phenomenal career he has had. Dave has had 8 Academy Award® Nominations, 80 Grammy Award® Nominations (GRP Records), 38 Personal Grammy Award® Nominations, 4 Golden Globe® Nominations, 3 Honorary Doctorate Degrees and 1 Emmy Award® Nomination. ‘Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time’ will screen following the Awards presentation on the Closing Night, Thursday October 8th.


Also attending, LWSFF major Festival Partner, Bruno Chatelin. Veteran Film Distributor, Film Agent & Co founder of Film, European Film Academy (former Board Member); Les Cesar voting member since 1987 & former head of Sony marketing, having launched 100’s of films throughout his career, including four Woody Allen films, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Boyz in the Hood’, ‘Field of Dreams’ & ‘The Doors’ to name but a few, Bruno will present a Keynote which is part of his annual Festival inclusion: ‘The Hollywood Stories from Bruno Chatelin’ – Chapter 2 ‘The Doors’ by Oliver Stone based on Bruno’s experience working on the film.

Making up the VIP Judging Panel in 2020, Bruno & Barbara will join Paul McGuirk, lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin and author of Neil Jordan: The literary Fiction.

Notable amongst several Short Films with GREEK PREMIERE status at Lost World Film Festival is BAFTA award winning best animation 2020, ‘Grandad was a Romantic’ by LWSFF Alumni, Maryam Mohajer who attended to Paleochora in 2019 with ‘Red Dress no Straps’ picking an LWSFF animation Award. Another short animation, ‘Father’ by Apollonia Xylouris, a member of the world renowned Cretan Xylouris Family of musicians will also Premiere in Crete at the event.

Festival days & nights are packed social events & Live Music, including daily performances from Jan Olesen, flying in from Denmark to attend, as well as local favourites ‘Andromeda’ - Opening Night party and legendary Chania based Rock Band ‘Change House’ - Closing Night Party, with further details on the website ‘At a Glance – 6 Day Event’ & Programme page with Festival beverages sponsored by Loupakis Winery & Fischer Beer from Heineken

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR - Linda McGuire                                                                                            


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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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