International Student Competition

43rd Drama International Short Film Festival (DISFF – 2020)

The International Student Competition is a brand new initiative and one of the most promising programs of the Drama International Film Festival.

Film Schools from around the world and Greece will participate. It’s an ambitious step/project aiming to underline the outwardness of the DISFF and goes hand in hand with the outwardness characterizing Greek cinema over the last ten years.

The International Student Competition, as well as the upcoming establishment of the Film School in Drama, will form an educational background for Cinema. This will offer participants the opportunity to be exposed to one of the major ways in which the Film Industry functions today.

Besides, the new festival aims to be a forum for young promising filmmakers – the future of cinema, to show their work and hopefully it will give rise to new film trends. Last but not least, this new department will offer the DISFF a further enhance its status as asset in its fair claim for a place as one of the leading Short Film Festivals in Europe.

International Student Competition is taking place along with the National, and the International Competitions of the International Drama Short Film Festival.

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”.

The 22 selected films:

  1. Violetta by Fivos Imellos, Fiction, 15’, GREECE – New York College
  2. Rosa Kairo by Jacques Simha, Fiction, 14’, GREECE Kapodistrian University’s Cultural Society’s Cinema Section
  3. The Jar by Kyriakos Rontsis, Fiction, 10’, GREECE/UK – Bournemouth Film School (AUB)
  4. The Best Orchestra in the World by Henning Backhaus, Fiction, 14’, AUSTRIA – Film Academy Vienna (UMDK)
  5. Sun Dog by Dorian Jespers, Fiction, 19’, BELGIUM – Royal Academy of Fine Arts / University College Ghent (KASK)
  6. In the Eye of the Beholder by Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola and Jan-David Bolt, Documentary, 8’, SWITZERLAND – Zurich University of the Arts / Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
  7. 22:47 Linie 34 by Michael Karrer, Fiction, 10’ SWITZERLAND – Zurich University of the Arts / Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
  8. Fire Report by Katarína Jonisová, Documentary, 15’, SLOVAKIA – Academy of Performing Arts / Film and Television Faculty (VSMU)
  9. Fine by Maya Yadlin, Fiction, 9’, ISRAEL – Minshar School of Art
  10. Illusion Bleue by Tea Tannoury, Fiction, 15’, LEBANON / PALESTINE – Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU)
  11. Last Day by Szu-Wei Chen, Fiction, 11’, USA – Columbia University
  12. Patron Saint by Georden West, Experimental, 8’, USA – Emerson College
  13. Ghazaal by Ragini Bhasin, Fiction, 15’, USA – Aotearoa Short Film Lab in New Zealand
  14. A Mess at Apartment 14 by Radu Barbu, Fiction, 15’, ROMANIA – UNATC, I.L.CARAGIALE
  15. Development by Nikola Vučinić, 21’, Fiction, MONTENEGRO – Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje
  16. Under the Heavens by Gustavo Milan, Fiction, 17’, BRAZIL – New York University (NYU) /Tisch
  17. Austral Fever by Thomas Woodroffe, Fiction, 21’, CHILE – University of Chile’s Institute of Communications and Image / Demre Universidad de Chile
  18. The Insect Women by An Doyeoung, Fiction, 16’, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – Suwon University Film Department
  19. My Fat Arse and I by Yelyzaveta Pysmak, Animation, 10’, POLAND – Polish National Film School Lodz (PWSF TViT)
  20. Something by Kasia Babicz, Fiction, 14’, POLAND – Warsaw Film School
  21. The Same Skin by Nina Hopf, Experimental, 5’, GERMANY- B.F.A., Bauhaus-University, Weimar
  22. Senescence by Phoebe Morrison, Animation, 4’, UK – UCA University for the Creative Arts