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A message from the Artistic Director of the Short Film Festival in Drama Mr. Antonis Papadopoulos

A message from the Artistic Director
of the Short Film Festival in Drama
Mr. Antonis Papadopoulos

Then and now
A flashback on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Short Film Festival in Drama

- The short film completes the required length; it is an addition before the screening of the feature film.
- The short film does not have its own distinct festival, where it can be the focus of interest.
- The short film is a privileged field only for the young filmmakers, the ‘short filmmakers’.
- The short film is not a self-contained film category with its own rules and peculiarities. It is the poor relation in the world of Cinema.
- The screening of the short film starts and ends in the limited circle of participants and their relatives.
- A small border town cannot have the infrastructure for and the interest of the local community in supporting a film festival.
- The Greek short film is almost impossible to enter European Festivals, let alone to achieve distinction.
We overturned these findings in 1989. It was then that the pressure group of Young Filmmakers asked the Ministry of Culture to establish a National Short Film Festival in the city of Drama. Their requests would have remained mere slogans and all of this would still be a sad reality if the Short Film Festival in Drama had not made this progress.
The Short Film Festival in Drama has changed the cinematic landscape: the conditions of production, management and promotion of the Greek short film.
The creative acceptance by Melina Merkouri, the then Minister of Culture, and the Film Advisor, Mr. Manos Zacharias, was the essential springboard for the normalization, development and recognition of this institution. The contribution of Socratis Dimitriadis, who was the Mayor in Drama at that period, was very important.
The necessary follow-up came as a result of the institution maturing: The Internationalization that took place in 1995 created the appropriate international conditions for the take-off of the Festival. The long years of presidency of the Mayor Mr. Margaritis Tzimas contributed decisively to the institutional and subsequent technological upgrading of the
In 2001 the Festival joins the club of the major European Festivals. It is recognized by the European Film Academy as a partner festival. In the following years, the awarded European Short Film of the Festival in Drama is voted twice as the best short film in Europe! The subsequent Mayors Mr. Thomas Margaritis and Mr. Kyriakos Harakidis steadily supported and reinforced the institution, in tandem with public sentiment.
A recent milestone in the evolution of the festival has been its recognition by the International Film Critics Association (FIPRESCI).
Through repeated organizational rearrangements and in the midst of the biggest economic crisis of the last decades, the festival remains robust and with its maturity it helps the crumbling Greek film production.
Currently, the contribution of the City Council is decisive. The personal interest of the Mayor Mr. Chr. Mamsakos and the creative, tireless cooperation of the Chairman Mr. Anestis Terzis have ensured the smooth operation of the Festival and its transition to the new technological era.
However, the cornerstone of the Festival’s existence is the production of Greek films, which stands at an incredibly high level in terms of both quantity and quality. The Greek filmmakers have always been at the center of interest of this Festival.
We take pride in the trust and prestige that the Short Film Festival in Drama enjoys.
Our dedication to and love for the Art of Cinema and Man remains our primary concern.

Welcome, friends!

Antonis Papadopoulos
Artistic Director
of the Short Film Festival in Drama

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