National Competition

43rd Drama International Short Film Festival (DISFF)

Drama International Short Film Festival presents an annual National Competition showcasing the best new films from Greece. Over 200 films are submitted each year, and the sellection commitee lead by creative director Yannis Sakaridis selects around 30-40 films to screen in competition during the festival. Short film juries of international film and media professionals select the award-winning films, with awards given at the Awards Ceremony.

42 Drama:

The Jury of last year’s 42nd National Competition consisting of Dimitris Charitos, Maria Lafi, Spyros Siakas, Dimitris Spyrou and Giannis Fotou decided to bestow the following awards:

  • GOLDEN DIONYSOS
    The Golden Dionysos awards goes to the film “Index” directed by Nikolas Kolovos. For the skillful camera choreography in a 12-minute one-take and the wonderful utilization of the cinematic language, which underlines a universal issue starting from a child’s desperate action. The award is accompanied by two prizes: Finos Film offers a cash prize of 4,000 €, ERT offers a cash prize of 3,000 €.
  • Award for Best Direction
    The Best Direction award goes to the film “The distance between us and the sky”, directed by Vasilis Kekatos. For having the best rhythm, for the successful dialogues and especially successful use of the frame into building a new relationship between the two boys. The award is accompanied by lab provisions and post production services of a value of 2,500 €, offered by Stefilm company.
  • Greeks of the World Award
    The award goes to the film “Sleepwalking”, directed by Melissa Anastasi. For the fear and expectation that the filming choices of the director cause viewers, in order to force the main character in unprecedented actions at a very young age. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 2,000 €, offered by the Greek Film Center.
  • Documentary Award
    The award goes to the film “Cleoniki”, directed by Anna Antonopoulou. For highlighting the character and the imprint of an era that is about to disappear, through the memory and the life of a super-centenarian old woman. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 1,000 €, offered by ERT.
  • «DINOS KATSOURIDIS», Special Award for the Best Newcomer Director
    The award goes to the film “Rouge”, directed by Kostis Theodosopoulos. For his complete and meaningful 1st appearance as a filmmaker. In memory of the great Greek filmmaker, the Katsouridis family keeps sponsoring the award he had established 19 years ago and offers the director full technical coverage for the production of his next film.
  • Best Student Film Award
    The award goes to the film “Sad girl weekend”, directed by Dimitris Tsakaleas and Leda Vartzioti. For the borderline moment of the end of a carefree era and the passing to a new situation. The award is accompanied by lab provisions and post production services of a value of 2,500 €, offered by Stefilm company.
  • Tonia Marketaki Award for Best Female Director
    The award goes to the film “I am Mackenzie”, directed by Artemis Athanasiadou. For the director’s fresh look and correct recording of the intense feelings during the passage from adolescence to the early adulthood. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 2,500 €, offered by the Greek Film Center.
  • Best Animation Film Award
    The award goes to the film “Violent equation”, directed by Antonis Ntousias. For a powerful visual animation with deep knowledge of the motion image principles that highlights modern social concerns.
  • Best Screenplay Award
    The award goes to Kostis Theodossopoulos for the film “Rouge”, which he also directed. For a charming group of girlfriends that take the viewer on a self –awareness journey.
  • Best Cinematography Honorary Distinction
    To Giorgos Frentzos GSC for the cinematography of the film “The weight of the sea”, directed by Kostis Alevizos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Editing
    To Livia Neroutsopoulou for the editing of the film “Postcards from the end of the world”, by Konstantinos Antonopoulos.
  • Honorary Distinction for an Actress in Leading Role
    To Sissy Toumasi for her performance in the film “The weight of the sea”, by Kostis Alevizos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Actor in a Leading Role
    To Nikolakis Zeginoglou for his performance in the film “The distance between us and the sky”, by Vasilis Kekatos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Sound
    To Giannis Antypas for the film “Pathologies of everyday life”, directed by Alexandros Papathanassopoulos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Sound Design
    To Christos Giannakopoulos for the film “Sable Noir”, by Thanasis Trouboukis.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Original Music
    To Nikos Giannakakis and Dimitris Giannoulis for the music of the film “Chopper”, by Giorgos Kapsanakis.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Set
    To Christos Symeonidis for the film “Flickering souls at night”, by Iakovos Panagopoulos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Costumes
    To Vaggelis Kaberis for the film “Sad girl weekend”, by Dimitris Tsakaleas and Lida Vartzioti.
  • Honorary Distinction for Best Make-up
    To Ioanna Lygizou for the film “Rouge”, by Kostis Theodossopoulos.
  • Honorary Distinction for Special Effects
    To Giannis Patsiaouras and Berta Valverde for the film “W”, by Stelios Koupetoris.
  • Special Mention
    The special mention goes to Alexandros Kakaniaris for the film “The dude” To a film that wanders around in a world that is tailor-made for its main character, who while seems not to fit anywhere, fits everywhere nevertheless.
  • Special Mention
    The special mention goes to Ioko-Ioannis Kotidis for his outstanding performance in the film “The distance between us and the sky” by Vasilis Kekatos.
  • PITCHING LAB FINOS FILM AWARD
    Finos Film bestows the “PITCHING LAB” award for the 42 nd  Short Film Festival in Drama to Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua  and Matthew Allen for the project  “The Broken Key”– USA. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 1,500 €, offered by Finos Film.
  • PICHING LAB AUTHORWAVE AWARD
    Authorwave bestows the “PITCHING LAB” award for the 42nd Short Film Festival in Drama to Kaki Wong for the project “The Wild Child” – Hong Kong – China. The award is accompanied by post production services (DCP) offered by Authorwave.
  • Greek Film Center Motivation Distinctions
    The Greek Film Center bestowed three MOTIVATION distinctions to the following new filmmakers: The Greek Film Center awards young directors, who are now taking their first steps and offers them the “MOTIVATION” to keep creating in the field of cinema. For this reason, the Greek Film Center decided to bestow three (3) equal awards, of 2,000 € each, as support for the realization of their next film. The awards go to the following filmmakers: For the film “Mila”, by Andreas Vakalios. For the film “O Karahiozis” by Michael Gigintis. For the film “In the room», by Yeorgia M. Sotirchou.
  • PITCHING LAB GREEK FILM CENTER AWARD
    The Greek Film Center bestows the “PITCHING LAB” award for the 42nd Short Film Festival in Drama to Marta Gonzalez De La Vega for the project “The Valdomeros” – Spain, as financial support with the cash prize of 2,000 € towards the production of the film.
  • Greek Society of Cinematographers Award
    The Greek Society of Cinematographers (GSC) represented by Pantelis Mantzanas, Kostas Stamoulis, and George Frentzos, recognizing the importance of the Director of Cinematography in the aesthetic and narrative result of a film, awards a young filmmaker. This year, for the excellent use of simple means as natural light, we bestow the award to Fili Olsefksi for the film “Mila” by Andreas Vakalios.
  • Greek Film Clubs Association Award
    The Greek Film Clubs Association bestows a Best Film Award for the National Competition Section of the 42 nd  Short Film Festival in Drama to the film “Mila” by Andreas Vakalios, because it deals with the subject of breaking family bonds in its own way, with directness, narrative thoroughness, a critical realistic view, sensitivity, humor, dynamic capturing and vibrant illustration of characters. Mila is stuck in the middle of her parents’ quarrels, caused mainly by her father, but refuses to be crushed. She rolls on her board on the slippery water without crashing.
  • Greek Film Critics Association
    For the accuracy with which it condenses the story of a broken family, reads the characters it consists of and expresses their drama through the expressive figures of its protagonists. The Greek Film Critics Association bestows the award for best Greek film to the film “Mila” by Andreas Vakalios, who, in a year, manages to balance on a skateboard from the high speed of a “Death Car”.
  • Award for Technical Excellence by the Film, Television & Audiovisual Technicians Union
    To the film “W” by Stelios Koupetoris.