The Golden Athena Award
The Jury of the Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights consists of five audiovisual students from Greek Universities, aged between 18 and 25. The Golden Athena Award for best film is presented to the director of the most aesthetically and technically accomplished entry in the Official Competition section and is accompanied by a 2,000-euro cash prize. The gold-dipped statuette of the goddess Athena was designed by Giorgos Sepetzoglou and is kindly sponsored by La Chrysoteque ZOLOTAS.
City of Athens Best Director Award
The City of Athens Best Director Award is presented to the most accomplished directorial effort in the Official Competition section. The commemorative plaque is awarded by the youth jury.
Best Screenplay Award
TThe Best Screenplay Award is presented by the youth jury to the best screenwriter in the Official Competition Section.
MUSIC & FILM
The Golden Athena Best Mus ic & Film Award
The winner in the Music & Film section is selected by a five-person jury, consisting of established journalists and film critics from Greece and abroad.
The Audience Award is determined by the daily vote of the audience and consists of a commemorative plaque.
BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
The Athens International Film Festival - Opening Nights supports the local film community by establishing a brand new Greek Short Film Competition section for recently produced work. A specially appointed jury will present the awards: Best Film (accompanied by 1,500 euros), Best Film - second place, Best Film - third place, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Actress.
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD - DIRECTOR
This award is presented to the best Greek director, whose film feature film had at least one public ticketed showing in a film theatre or festival anywhere in Greece in the months after the festival's prior edition and the current one. A 5-memeber jury, comprised of people from the film industry, votes for this award.
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD - ACTOR AND ACTRESS
The two awards are presented to the two best performances by an actor and an actress, making their film debuts in any film that had a public ticketed screening in the months after the festival's prior edition and the current one.