Greece/USA, 10m, Alexa Plus


At a crossroad in Athens, many people of different nationalities, including locals, refugees and tourists come together. Only for a moment.


Writer/Director: Federico Spiazzi

Co-Writer: Fernanda Frotté

Executive Producer: Christo Christodoulides

Producer: Federica Belletti

Co-Producers: Giannis Sotiropoulos, Maggie Briggs


Director of Photography: Yorgos Frentzos

Editor: Federico Spiazzi

Production Design: Danai Eleusinioti

Composer: Albert Behar

Cast: Maria Kexagioglou, Athanasios Nakos, Khaled Al Naji, Korina Gougouli, Niko Georgiakis


Contact: Federica Belletti,



Katharina Otto-Bernstein Thesis Film Fund





About the Writer/Director

Federico Spiazzi

Federico Spiazzi graduated at the Italian National Film School and he is currently pursuing his directing MFA at Columbia University. Since 2008 he has freelanced as cinematographer and editor around the world. He has directed commercials, short docs and narrative short films that screened internationally.


About the Co-writer

Fernanda Frotte

Fernanda Frotté worked for four years at Globo Filmes, Brazil. After receiving a Fulbright scholarship to do a masters degree in the United States, she moved to New York, where she completed an MFA in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University. She has written/co-written five short films and two features. The script for Refuge was the result of her collaboration with director Federico Spiazzi.


About the Producer

Federica Belletti

Federica Belletti is a filmmaker based in New York and a graduate of Columbia University. Belletti produced six shorts and interned for Gamechanger Films, The Austin Film Festival, and Maven Pictures. In 2017, she was awarded the Arthur Krim Memorial Award and was a finalist of the Sundance Producing Lab.