The applications for the newly-established International Student Competition of the 43rd Drama International Film Festival reached 700, a number that reveals the dynamics of student film.
22 films from 16 countries were chosen– including 3 Greek films. Of the 22 competing directors, 12 are men, 9 were women, and 1 is gender non-conforming.
They are students from 21 cinema schools around the world, 12 of which are internationally renowned. The festival has secured 7 World premieres, 2 European, 4 Balkan, and 9 Greek.
According to the International Student Competition, Thanassis Noefotistos:
“This year’s program comprises films that inspired us, gave us a very relieving feeling of creative envy, and which we would love to see reach the festival’s audience”.
Among the 700 films we received for the International Student Competition, there were numerous interesting short films, many more than we could choose from. This made our job more difficult, on the one hand, but gave us great joy, on the other, to see commendable film from students who have something to say, and are trying to forge a distinct cinematic voice. We are reassured that as long as there are people like these students, who feel the need to tell their stories, cinema will prevail- even in the most adverse of circumstances”.