National Competition 2021

44th Drama International Short Film Festival

We are pleased to announce this year’s National Competition Program of the Drama International Short FilmFestival.

From the 247 films submitted, 30 films were selected: 24 fiction, 2 documentaries, 2 animation and 2 experimental.

As noted by the artistic director Yannis Sakaridis, “We announce the present and the future of the Greek cinema through 30 excellent short films. And for the first time in the history of the institution, women directors are numerically superior to their male  (19 women, 14 men)”.

This year’s festival will be held from 12th to 18th September, 2021.

The qualifying committee consisted of:

Sofia Exarchou, director – producer
Yorgos Makris, actor – screenwriter
Aphroditi Nikolaidou, – Assistant Professor at the University of Athens
Panagiotis Fafoutis – director, producer
and the artistic director of the Drama International Short Film Festival, director and producer Yannis Sakaridis.

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01  EXPERIENCE OF GOODNESS by Eleni Alexandrakis
02  LAST VISIT by Spyros Alidakis
03  TO VANCOUVER by Artemis Anastasiadou
04  APALLOU by Niko Augustidis
05  SEA YOU by Giannis Vasilottos
06  I, THE HOUSE by Eleni Vergeti
07  CORTÁZAR by Katerina Strauch and Argyris Germanidis
08  THE STUDENT of Vasileios Kalamakis
09  MOTORWAY 65 by Evi Kalogiropoulou
10  FROM THE BALCONY by Aris Kaplanidis
11  LUXENIA by Dimitra Kondylatou
12  AFTER NOON by Alexios Koukias-Pantelis
13  YAF-YOUF by Athina Georgia Koumela
15  VATHIKOFTO by Ioanna Kryona
16  BEAUTY by Thanos Lyberopoulos
17  A SUMMER PLACE by Alexandra Mattheou
18  AT THE AIRPORT by Michalis Mathioudakis
20  BRUTALIA, DAYS OF LABOR by Manolis Mavris
21  EVERY SUNDAY by Keti Papadema
22  FLIK FLOK by Angeliki Pardalidou
23  HORSEPOWER by Spyros Skandalos
24  I DON’T WANT TO FORGET ANYTHING by Vaggelio Soumeli
25  EXPLOITATION by Marina Symeou
26  SOULS ALL UNACCOMPANIED by Yorgos Teltzidis
27  GIRLHOOD by Vania Barbara Turner and Maria Sidiropoulou
28  LITERAL LEGEND by Dimitris Tsakaleas and Lida Vartzioti
29  SOUL FOOD by Nikos Tseberopoulos
30  AMYGDALA by Maria Hatzakou


For the promotion of short films and the development of a spirit of friendship and co-operation among filmmakers from Greek Filmmakers from Greece and abroad, the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival: National Competition will be held from 12th to the 18th September 2021, in the city of Drama, in the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

Rules and Regulations

  • a) Eligible are Fiction, Documentary, Experimental and Animation Short Films completed from 2020 & 2021.
  • b) Each director may participate in the Festival with only one (1) film.
  • c) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
  • d) Production must have been completed after January 01, 2020.
  • e) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
  • f) If the film has other language that of Greek, then must have English Subtitles.
  • g) The films must be of Greek production or co-production and the directors must be Greek or Cypriot.

a) The film should be submitted via
b) Submissions are free for Greek & Cypriots filmmakers.
c) Necessary Material of the submission:

  • The entry form duly filled.
  • A preview screener uploaded through FilmFreeway’s online submission.
  • One HD photo-still of the film.
  • Optional: a Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.

d) Deadline of submission is the 31st May 2021.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the full festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As the Greek Premiere is required, no public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece is allowed before the end of the festival.
h) The film screener that will be submitted to the DISFF along with the entry form will remain with the archives of the Festival and will be available in its Market.

The Jury of the Festival consists of at least 5 members and awards the following Prizes:

  • GOLDEN DIONYSOS (Best Film Award)
  • SILVER DIONYSOS (Best Direction “Tonia Marketaki” Award)

a) The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
b) Each prize is awarded to a single film and cannot be awarded ex aequo.
c) The following awards shall be attributed and may be accompanied by a monetary award, in case of sponsorships.
d) All awards and distinctions are awarded to the Director of the film, except for the Best Script Award (awarded to the scriptwriter).

ai) The deadline for the shipment of the selected screening copies is the 20st of August 2021.
aii) The deadline for the shipment of the English Dialogue list and Catalogue materials (Stills, Posters, Trailer, etc.) is the 5th of July 2021.
b) A screening copy, subtitled in English, in one of the following accepted formats:
DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
c) A technical data sheet with all the necessary projection info.
d) Any film that will not meet this deadline will be excluded from the competition. Only high quality standard prints will be accepted.
e) The screening copies of the selected films should be sent digitally to the email:

a) The Artistic Director of DISFF reserves the right to compile the Festival’s program and implement changes wherever necessary.
b) The submitter is responsible for clearing rights and permissions concerning each submission. The festival holds no liability.
c) The pre-selection of the films is made by a group of experts on cinema and the arts who are suggested to the Administrative Board by the Artistic Director, who also supervises their work.
d) The Final selection, programming and any change in them is proposed by the Artistic Director.
e) The film screener remains with the Festival’s Film Market.
f) The Festival reserves the right to digitize the submitted films for the needs of the Film Market and its Archive.
g) Film excerpts that might be broadcast on television or the internet should not exceed the duration of 3 minutes or 10% of the total running time of the film.
h) The Festival reserves the right to publish film information, including the contact info of the director and the producer.
i) Hospitality: The festival aims to invite one director or representative of each film in competition. Hotel accommodation and daily meals are provided. These provisions are subject to change without prior notice, due to budget controls. Personalized information will be provided upon selection.
j) Transportation costs for preview material and prints submitted to the competition program shall be covered by the applicant. The Festival will undertake the costs of returning and securing the films as long as they are in the possession of the Festival.
k) In case of loss or damage under the Festival’s liability, the Festival undertakes the cost of making a new copy of that film.
l) Films that have participated and/or rejected by the Committee before, may not be submitted again.
m) Any dispute concerning the present regulations will be judged and settled by the President of the Festival.
n) Any legal disputes can only be settled by the local Legal Courts of Drama.
o) The languages of the festival are English and Greek.
p) *”Greek Premiere” means: prior public performance, screening, internet, broadcasting or rebroadcasting of works-films to the public by radio and television by any means to the public in Greece or on-demand access in any way before or during the days of the Festival is not allowed. The presentation of the film shall be deemed to be public when the film becomes accessible to a circle of persons wider than the narrow circle of the family and the immediate social circle of the author, regardless of whether the persons of this wider circle are at the same or at different locations.

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