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Lost World Film Festival


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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 FilmFestivals.com 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.


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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 Brazil, USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Greece & France, the majority of whom remained for the entire week in Paleochora.
The festival was also delighted to be joined by Veteran Film Distributor, Film Agent & Co founder of FilmFestivals.com, Bruno Chatelin. Having launched 100’s of films throughout his career, including 4 Woody Allen films, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Boyz in the Hood’ T2 Ghostbusters 2, Hook, Total Recall; ‘Field of Dreams’ to name a few, the daily full house audience were captivated by his talk at the Pearl Cavo venue on Sunday June 2 nd.
In the role of Film Agent, Bruno also represented the closing Night Feature documentary produced and narrated by Jeff Bridges & directed by Susan Kucera. Paleochora LWSFF were also honoured to have established an ongoing partnership with filmfestivals.com.
 
 
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 ‘Andromeda’ at Atoli on Sandy Beach.
 
The programme of Short films played to packed houses both day & night making the 5 day event a success beyond all expectations. One screenwriter from London who happened to be on holiday during the Festival commented that she could not believe that a Film Festival worthy of a City had been produced and presented in a small village in Crete. Despite the fact that she is a feature screenwriter, the captivating magic of the Paleochora Lost World Film Festival has inspired her to write a Short Film to produce & submit next year!
 
The Festival magic continued until closing night when many of the attending filmmakers received their Awards including: ‘Without Milk’ winning 4 Awards, Best Greek Director: Thodoris Vournas / Best Greek Film Cast: Alexandros Logothetis & Panos Mouzouakis / Best Cinematography Greek: Petros Antoniadis & Best Greek Short Fiction Film 2 nd - ‘Check In’ for Best Greek Editing by Dimitris Kadis with the Award being accepted by Director Giorgios Kaltsas - having recently won Music Video Awards in Cannes, London &New York, ‘Red Lion’, was Joint Winner of Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film with Director & Musician Olivia Hadjiioannou accepting the Award alongside co-Winner, Director Mike Reft (USA) for ‘Chemistry 101’ - ‘Luftholen’ (Germany) received Best International Cast with Gaston Stabiszewski (director) Ania Pilch (producer) & Jonas Steltenkamp (actor) accepting the Award - Gabriel Gallindo who travelled to Paleochora from Brazil collected his Award for Best International Director for the short film ‘View’ - ‘Nice Night for it’ received Best Cinematography by Piers McGrail with director Rachel Carey from Ireland accepting the Award - from Iran & London, Maryam Mohajer received her Award for Best Animation 3 rd for ‘Red Dress, No Straps’ - for ‘The Bureaucrat’ Dimitrios Karas received his Award for Best Greek Newcomer Director alongside attending actress Sophia Fhytou and finally Bruno Chatelin received an Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film & Film Festival Marketing & Representation.
 
The remaining Awards went to: The Tattoo (dir) Ian Power (Ireland) Best Short Fiction Film International - Chandelier (dir) Antony Glaros (Greece) Best Short Fiction Film Greek - Let the Boat Sail (dir) Kostas Giannakis (Greece) Best Short Documentary 3 rd - ATM (dir) David Huergo (Spain) Best Short Screenplay International 2 nd - Mother & Baby (dir) Mia Mullarkey (Ireland) Best Short Documentary 2 nd - Returning Home (dir) Nikolia Apostolou (Greece) Best Short Documentary 1 st - Retouch (dir) Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran) Best Short Fiction International 2 nd - Lost Treasure (dir) George Georgakopoulos (Greece) Best Greek Short Screenplay 2 nd - Cubeman (dir) Linda Dombrovszky (Hungary) Best International Short Fiction 3 rd - Curro (dir) Micah Stathis (USA) Best International Short Screenplay 1 st - Inverse (dir) Ioanna Tsinividi (Greece) Best Short Animation 2 nd - Blue Tomorrow (dir) Numan Ayaz (Turkey) Best Short Animation 1 st - Paul is Dead (dir) George Moore (UK) Best Short Comedy - Mousse (dir) John Hellberg (Sweden) Outstanding Film Festival Achievement Award - Reply (score) Ioannis Giannakakis (Greece) Best Original Greek Music Award.
The event concluded with an electric atmosphere at the closing night party with Live Music from Chania based band ‘Change House’ who played into the early morning hours along with DJ Christos.
 
The annual Lost World Film Festival aims to continue to bring a dynamic selection of International and Greek Short Films to our wonderful location in SW Crete, as well as establishing a regular annual meeting point for filmmakers and Film Industry representatives alike with a Festival audience which consists of an eclectic mix of Filmmakers, Film Industry veterans as well as locals, incidental International tourists and visitors to the region. With that in mind, the main focus is to programme films that  demonstrate great Universal storytelling with a wide audience appeal. Paleochora is famed for its laid back, chilled out charm and the LWSFF event reflects these qualities as well as presenting a premium standard International Short Film Festival.
This year’s VIP Jury were: Susan Kucera (Film Director) Paul McGuirk (Professor of Film& Author) Bruno Chatelin (COO FilmFestivals.com) Beverage sponsors were Loupakis Vineyard Estate (Crete) and Fischer Beer.
 
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR - Linda McGuire
E-mail: lostwordfilmfest@gmail.com
Tel: +30 6987856018
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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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