Pitching Lab 2024

47th Drama International Short Film Festival
2 – 8 September 2024

11 years Drama Pitching Lab / Forum

PITCHING LAB - OPEN CALL 2024

Mastering the Art of Pitching is a necessary process on the journey to seeing your initial idea transformed into a movie. There are no quick fixes that define a great pitch, but there is a definite path that leads to successfully communicating the crux of your idea and story.

Barbara Dukas – Pitching Lab conductor

CALL FOR ENTRIES

47th DRAMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
2 – 8 SEPTEMBER 2024

WHAT IS IT?

As part of the in house Educational Platform DRAMA LAB, every year the Drama International Film Festival organises a Pitching Lab Workshop and a Pitching Forum, to provide pitching techniques to directors/producers.

Young filmmakers, scriptwriters, and producers from all over the world will participate in training sessions and learn how to present their project to producers and secure potential funding.

Moreover, the workshop aims to provide participants with the basic knowledge and working tools useful for developing an original idea into a script and furthermore towards realizing an authentic short film of any genre (fiction, animation, doc e.t.c.). At the end of the workshop participants are given the opportunity to present their ideas during the Pitching Forum Session, to a group of experts, producers and festival directors (5΄ presentation time).

Members of the Forum Committee will quiz each participant after their presentation, asking them critical questions about their project. (5’ Q&A ).
Participants are also given the opportunity to arrange one to one meetings with potential financiers to help them raise funds for their project.

SUBMISSIONS

Project Submission (exclusively in the English language) until Thursday 25th of April 2024 +GR 12.00 by mail pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr

THE APPLICATION

Required
• Synopsis up to 200 words
• Project description up to 500 words ( a logline of up to 50 words should be included)
• CVs of the project creative team (author/writer, director & producer) up to 200 words each.

Optional

• Audiovisual material at the discretion of each candidate i.e. photos, small teaser, music, color palette, location material, casting and more generally anything that can help in understanding the idea behind the project.
• A complete script is not necessary at this stage

All information and requirements must be included in a single pdf file named after the title of the project.

Who can apply?

The workshop is open to all aspiring directors, producers and/or screenwriters from all over the world. The workshop will be held entirely in English.

Selection

A selection committee composed by members of the Educational Team of DISFF will select ten projects.
Additional attention will be paid to international projects that will select Greece as part of the project or for the location of their shooting.

Where and When?

The workshop includes 3 online sessions (mandatory), in dates and times that will be announced, and will take place in the interim between the 20 – 31 of August 2024, and a four-day workshop (in person), during the Drama International Short Film Festival from 3 to 6 of September 2024. The participants’ presence at the workshop and forum is mandatory.

Participation will occur following the health protocols in force at the time of the workshop. These protocols will be communicated to the participants before the beginning of the workshop.

Μore specifically

A. PITCHING LAB

PITCHING Workshop for short film projects (short fiction or animation up to 20΄/documentaries up to 30′), (3th to 7th of September 2024)

B. PITCHING FORUM

The Pitching Forum will be held on Saturday the 7th of September 2024
with the participation of financiers, producers, festival directors and other experts.

Presentation time for each project 5΄
Q&A time 5 ‘

Registration and costs

Registration is free of charge. The deadline for registration is Thurdsay the 25th of April 2024 +GR 12:00

Awards:

• Finos Film- Cash prize
• GFC – Cash prize contribution in the production

Mentorship Awards

• Development/script doctoring sessions in selected projects

TRAINING VIDEOS

In the following link you can find four training videos by the Head of the programme Barbara Dukas and Pitching Lab instructors Georgina Kakoudaki, Stathis Paraskevopoulos and John Stephens, explaining the significance of pitching an idea for a film, a glimpse of the workshops that are going to take place the Drama Film Festival Pitching Lab.

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