CALL FOR ENTRIES

9th edition this year for Drama Pitching Lab and Forum, as part of the 45th Drama Short Film Festival – DISFF (5 – 11 September 2022).

Project Submission (exclusively in English) until Tuesday 5th of July 2022 +GR 12:00 by mail pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr

Pitching Lab

45th Drama International Short Film Festival
5 – 11 September 2022

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

9th Drama Pitching Lab / Forum

CALL FOR ENTRIES

9th edition this year for Drama Pitching Lab and Forum, as part of the 45th Drama Short Film Festival – DISFF  (5 – 11 September 2022).

What is it?

In the context of the 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 and producers from all over the world will participate in training sessions and learn how to present a 5 minute pitch for their project to producers and secure potential funding.

Moreover, the workshop aims to aims to provide participants with the basic knowledge and working tools useful for developing an original idea to a script and further to realize 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 individual meetings with potential financiers to help them raise funds for their project.

Submissions

Project Submission (exclusively in English) until Tuesday 5th of July 2022 +GR 12:00 by mail pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr

Filing File

The completed application form should include:

Required

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

Optionally

  • Audiovisual material at the discretion of each candidate i.e. photos, short 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 that will have 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 choose 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.

The ten selected projects will be announced by Monday 1st of August 2022 (up to 10 projects).

Where and When?

The workshop/ forum will take place over five days during the Drama International Short Film Festival from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th September 2022. The participants’ presence at the workshop 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

  1. PITCHING LAB

4-day PITCHING Workshop for projects (short fiction or animation up to 20΄/documentaries up to 30′) (6-9 September 2022)

Courses include: sessions on Dramaturgy, Development, Structure, Logline, Synopsis, Pitching Document content and presentation essentials.

  1. PITCHING FORUM

The Pitching Forum will be held on line, on Saturday 10 September 2022 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 Tuesday 5th  of July 2022 +GR 12:00.

Selected participants are guaranteed accommodation for seven nights in partner structures of Drama International Short Film Festival. Travel costs, meals and any additional nights of accommodation are to be paid by the participants. The application form implies the acceptance of all the conditions listed above.

Awards:

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

Mentorship Awards

  • Development / script doctoring sessions in selected projects

More information about previous Pitching Lab editions, awards, as well as booklets with selected projects  from previous years can be found on our website.

Drama Pitching Lab

In the context of the Educational Platform DRAMA TALENT LAB, the International Film Festival in Drama organises a Pitching Lab Workshop to provide pitching techniques to directors / producers.

Pitching Forum

Young filmmakers and producers from all over the world will participate in training sessions and learn how to present a 5 minute pitch, for their project to producers and secure potential funding.

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. 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 individual meetings with potential financiers to help them raise funds for their project.

PITCHING LAB IN NUMBERS:

More than 900 submissions

Over 90 project presentations

Over 10 movies completed

Over 6 projects in pre- or post production

TUTORS:

Barbara Dukas – Director, Conductor of Pitching Lab

Georgina Kakoudaki – Dramaturg, Director

Stathis Paraskevopoulos – Script and Media Consultant

John Stephens – Screenwriter, Script editor

GUEST TUTORS:

Agata Darlasi – Script Teacher and Consultant

Alexandra Boussiou – Producer

Tony Watts – CEO, The Festivals Channel Ltd., international film and festival professional

MASTERCLASSES:

Bobby Roth – Director

Andrew Horton – Script Professor, Writer

Although in the 9th edition of Drama Pitching Lab, a large number of projects that have been previously selected to participate, have since been completed and won awards at international festivals. Many of our participants have continued their journey after Drama and participated in other international pitching forums and festivals.

Movies that started as projects from PITCHING LAB

“Fighting for Death” by Eleonora Velinova (Izmir International Short Film Festival, Izmir, Turkey, 2016 – Golden Cat Award for second best international film / Drama International Film Festival, Drama, Greece, 2016 (Official selection, Special Award for Best Male Acting) / Balkan Food and Wine Festival, Albania, 2017 – Best Comedy / Macedonian Film Festival Toronto, Canada, 2017 – Best Short Film / ODA Tetovo International Film Festival, 2017 – Best Editing Award / Mediterranean Short Film Festival Tangier, Morocco, 2017 – Special Mention by the Jury / Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio, USA, 2017 / Encounters International Film Festival, Bristol, UK, 2017 / Participation in Film Festivals in countries such as : Germany, India, Albania, Turkey, Colombia, Croatia, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, U.K.)

“Requiem For Laika” by Gorana Jovanovic

“A Buddy Already Dead” by Konstantinos Fragkoulis (2016 Nominee Grand OFF Award Best Actor Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, Grand Off World Independent Film Awards / 2018 Nominee Orpheus Award Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) / Special Mention for its protagonist and his performance in Artfools short film festival 2017, Larissa, Greece / Best International Short Film in 21st Thai Short & Video film festival 2017 / Participation in Film Festivals in countries as: Spain, Germany, U.S.A. e.tc.) https://youtu.be/RlIyq4QY3HA

“HOME” by More Raca

“Helga Ar I Lund” by Thelyia Petraki (2014 BEST SHORT FILM SCRIPT SCRIPTWRITERS GUILD OF GREECE COMPETITION / 2016 SPECIAL MENTION FOR SOUND DESIGN DRAMA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL / 2016 SPECIAL MENTION FOR SOUND DESIGN DRAMA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL / 2017 BEST FEMALE ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE ATHENS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL / Participation in Film Festivals in countries such as: France, Korea, Lithuania, USA, Italy, Czech Republic)

“After you”/ (“MANEKI NEKO”) by Manolis Mavris (International Russian Indie Film Festival (official selection, St. Petersburg, Russia) October, 2019 *Best Cinematography* *Best Sound Design* *Best Editing* / 34th Interfilm International Short Film Festival (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany) November, 2018 *Best Cinematography* / 9th Winchester Film Festival (official selection, Winchester, UK) November, 2018 *Special Mention Award for Best International Short Film* / 8th micro μ Festival – immf 2018 (official selection, Athens, Greece) October, 2018 *Best Director Award* *Nominee for Best Original Screenplay* *Nominee for Best Actor* *Nominee for Best Actress* / 33rd Alpinale (official selection, Nenzing, Austria) August, 2018 *Best International Short Film* / 7th Madrid International Film Festival (official selection, Spain) July, 2018 *Nominee for Best Short Foreign Language Film* *Nominee for Best Original Screenplay of a Short Foreign Language Film* / 5th Firenze Filmcorti Festival (official selection, Firenze, Italy) June, 2018 *Best Editing* / 7th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival 2018 (official selection, India) June, 2018 *Best Film – Jury* / 2nd Buddha International Film Festival (official selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India) June, 2018 *Best Editing* / 2nd Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (official selection, Jim Thorpe, USA) April, 2018 *Best Short Film*, *Nomination – Best Director Short* / 40th Greek Short Film Festival in Drama (National Competition, Drama, Greece) September, 2017 *Greek Society of Cinematographers Award* *Best Editing* *Best Original Music* *Best Sound Design* *Grant Award for Future Project by the Greek Film Centre* / Participation in Film Festivals in countries such as: USA, Canada, Romania, India, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Australia, Ukraine.) https://vimeo.com/254834748

“La grotte de Marie Jeanne” / (“An excavation on us”) by Shirley Bruno (2018 WinnerOff-Limits Award Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) / Internationale Kurzfimtage Winterthur (Switzerland), 2018 Nominee Golden Firebird Award Hong Kong International Film Festival / 2018 Nominee Grand Prix Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival (USA), Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan), Third Horizon (Miami), Timishort FF (Romania), Animage International Animation (Brazil), AnimaSyros International Animation Festival + Agora (Greece))
“Lyceum” by Dareios Hallil

“Borders” / (“TIMMY”) by Lyubo Yonchev (2018 Winner Special Jury Mention Short of the Year / 2019 Winner Award for Best Screenplay at Balkan Film Food Festival / 2019 Winner Award for Best East Europe Short Film LINK International Film Festival / Participation in Film Festivals in countries such as:Chile, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, F.Y.R.O.M., Poland, Armenia, U.K.)

“ΤΑΥΤΟΤΗΤΑ ID” / (“iDENTiTY”) by Panos Pappas and Despina Charalambous (42nd International Short Film Festival in Drama 2019 Official Selection (Greece) / Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest 2019 Official Selection (Germany)/ Montevideo Fantastico 12 Official Selection (Uruguay)/ Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival BIFFF 38 Official Selection (Belgium) / London Greek Film Festival/semi-finalist (UK) / Balticon 54 Official Selection (Baltimore, USA) / 1st Crete International Film Festival & Awards, Greece (2020) / Athens International Digital Film Festival (Finalist), Greece ( 2020) / MosFilmFest, Moscow International Film Festival (Finalist), Russia (2020) / Philip K. Dick European Film Festival, Lille, France (2020) / Hrizantema Festival, Serbia International Fantastic Film Festival, Serbia (2020) / Sustefest 2020, Mexico InternationalFantastic Film Festival, Mexico (2020) / Actrum International Film Festival, Spain (2021) / Dark Story Festival, Spain (semi-finalist) (2021) / Magic World of Fantasy & Sci-Fi Film Festival, USA (2021) / “Best Sci-Fi Short Film” Award / RED MOON International Film Festival, Argentina (2021) / Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift, Canada (2021), finalist / Niagara Falls International Short Festival , USA (2021), nominee / Tokyo Shorts, Japan (2021), nominee / Sicily Art Cinema Festival (2021), semi-finalist / FLICKFAIR Film Festival, USA (2021) / Dropull International Short Film Festival, Albania (2021) / Rotterdam Independent Film Festival, Netherland (November 2021), awarded, best sci-fi short / Sacramento World Film Festival, USA (December 2021), awarded / Dublin World Film Festival, Ireland (March 2022), awarded, best sci-fi short / Patras Steps Film Festival, Greece (2022)) https://vimeo.com/352242845

“The Island” / (“Island”) by Mengqian Chen (2019 Jury Award- CIAFF, Shanghai, Chine / 2019 Prix Média de la Région Grand Est du Meilleur film, Court en Scène, Troyes / Festival Court en Scène, France, 2019 / Carrefour du cinéma d’animation, Nouveaux courts français – Coup de coeur, (France) 2019 / Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival, (Bosnie Herzégovine) 2019 / Milano Film Festivalino, (Italia) 2019 (HC) / European Animated Film Festival BALKANIMA, (Serbia) 2019 / 38ème festival du film d’animation pour la jeunesse de Bourg-en-Bresse, (France) / CRAFT International Animation Festival, Indonesia (HC) / SAGA Adelaide: Women’s International Film Festival, (Australia) / Chacun son court, France, 2019 (HC) / Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, Spain, 2019 (HC) / FICBUEU International film festival, Spain, 2019 / Festival du film de Femmes, France, 2019 / Festival du court métrage – Stains, France, 2019 / 59th ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Czech Republic, 2019 / Ferfilm Int’ Film Festival, Republic of Kosovo, 2019 / Ismailia Int’ Film Festival, Egypt, 2019 / Festival du film de femmes de fontenay le fleury(France)2019 / Annecy Internation animation festival word animation pitch(France)2016.

“Postcards from the End of the World” by Konstantinos Antonopoulos (BEST COMEDY at 29th Aspen Shortsfest (USA), JURY PRIZE at 24th REGARD Saguenay ISFF (Canada)/ AUDIENCE AWARD at 23rd Winterthur SFF (Switzerland) / HONORABLE MENTION at 32nd Minimalen Short FF (Norway) / JURY SPECIAL MENTION at 34th Namur IFFF (Belgium) / BEST DIRECTING AWARD at 25th Athens International Film Festival (Greece) / BEST EDITING AWARD at 42th Drama National Short Film Festival (Greece) / 25th Sarajevo FF (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 50th Tampere Film Festival (Finland) / 41st CINEMED Montpellier MFF (France) / 29th Flickerfest International FF (Australia) / 46th Ghent FF (Belgium), 15th Prague Short Film Festival (Czech Republic) / 17th Bogota Short FF (Colombia) / 7th Bosphorus FF (Turkey) / 25th Drama International Short Film Festival (Greece) / 25th Gezici Festival On Wheels (Turkey) / 22nd Mecal ΙSFF (Spain) / 17th Tangiers MSFF (Marocco).) https://vimeo.com/309158201

“When woman appeared on earth” / (“When woman came to earth”) by Anne Kjersti Bjorn

“Wild Child” by Kaki Wong (2020 Selection 14th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival 門票開賣了)

“Emil” by Neda Radic

“The Neighbors” / (“Under The same Roof”) by Simeon Tsonchev (Union of Bulgarian Film Makers Awards 2-9.05.2022 (Bulgaria) / Sulmona International Film Festival 3.11-6.11.2021 (Italy) / Sapporo International Short Film Festival 13.10-30.11.2021 (Japan) / Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards 7.10.2021 Best Screenplay (Portugal) / Balkan Panorama Film Festival 27.09-03.10.2021 (Turkey) / Kraljevski International Short Film Festival 24-27.09.2021 (Serbia) / Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival 23-29.09.2021 (Bulgaria) / Festival de Cinéma Bulgare à Paris 23-26.09.2021 (France) / One Shot International Short Film Festival 22.09-28.09.2021 Special Mention (Armenia) / BuSho Film Festival 31.08-05.09.2021 Silver Busho (Hungary) / Sofia International Film Festival at the Coast 22.07-30.07.2021 Audience Award Silver Sea-Gull (Bulgaria) / Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 11-21.06.2021 (Japan) / Huesca International Film Festival 11-19.06.2021 (Spain) 25. Sofia International Film Festival 11-31.03.2021 (Bulgaria) / Drama International Short Film Festival 20-26.09.2020 (Greece))

“An Unfortunate Privilege” / (The Broken Key”) by Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua (Nominee for Best Short by a BIPOC Filmmaker at Next Generation Indie Film Awards 2022)

“NURSERY RHYME” by Michael Kam (31st Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore) – Official Selection 26 Nov – 6 Dec 2020 World premiere Singapore Panorama / 24th Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania) – Official Selection 21 – 25 Mar 2021 In Competition African premiere / 13th Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival (South Korea) – Official Selection 7 – 12 Sep 2021 In Competition Asian premiere / 31st Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (Japan) – Official Selection 16 – 20 Sep 2021 In Competition / 13th Tallahassee Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 18 – 19 Sep 2021 In Competition US premiere / 3rd Dili International Film Festival (Timor Leste) – Official Selection 1- 17 Oct 2021 In Competition / 18th Abuja International Film Festival (Nigeria) – Official Selection 1 – 5 Nov 2021 / 11th Aesthetica Short Film Festival (United Kingdom) – Official Selection 2 – 7 Nov 2021 In Competition European premiere / 40th Cambridge Film Festival (United Kingdom) – Official Selection 18 – 25 Nov 2021 / 20th Tiburon International Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 19 – 25 Nov 2021 In Competition / 16th Cyprus International Film Festival (Cyprus) – Official Selection 11 – 17 Nov 2021 In Competition / 20th Cornwall Film Festival (United Kingdom) – Official Selection 15 – 21 Nov 2021 In Competition / 2nd Tokyo CINEMASTERS International Film Festival (Japan) – Official Selection 5 Dec 2021 In Competition / 9th Larissa international Film Festival (Greece) – Official Selection 1 – 10 Mar 2022 In Competition / 18th Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 18 – 19 Mar 2022 In Competition / 5th Nepal International Film Festival (Nepal) – Official Selection 24 – 28 Mar 2022 In Competition / 15th Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 6 – 13 Apr 2022 In Competition / 6th Naoussa International Film Festival (Greece) – Official Selection 10 – 14 Apr 2022 In Competition / 7th Filmfest Bremen (Germany) – Official Selection 20 – 24 Apr 2022 In Competition / 16th Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 26 Apr – 1 May 2022 / 14th Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland) – Official Selection 25 – 29 May 2022 / 11th Richmond International Film Festival (USA) – Official Selection 7 – 12 Jun 2022)

“Το νόημα του Αυγούστου” by Manos Papadakis (Nominee for Best Short in Athens International Film Festival-2020 / Honorary Distinction for Best Male Leading Role to Pavlos Iordanopoulos & Honorary Distinction for Sound to Simos Lazaridis in Drama International Short Film Festival-2020)

“From the Balcony” by Aris Kaplanidis (Sarajevo Film Festival-2021 / Athens International Film Festival · Silver Athena for Best Short Film & · Best Screenplay- 2021 / AnimaSyros International Animation Festival · Best Greek Speaking Film- 2021 / Drama International Short Film Festival · Onassis Film Development Grant, · Best Southeastern European Film, · The 2nd Award of Animation International Competition, · Audience Award, · Sound Design Award, · Best Film Award from Federation film society of Greece-2021, Festival SocialMed Valencia, · Best Screenplay- 2021)

“THE SPELL” / “SPELL” by Victoria Karakoleva

“Mirror” / (Distant Mirror) by Alican Durbas

“ΑΛΑΣΚΑ” by Michalis Giagounidis

“YAMA” by Andreas Vakalios

“Laughter Club” by Llewellyn Michael Bates

“Footprints” by Tathagata Ghosh

In post production:

“White Christmas” by Antonio Vallindras-2021

In pre-production:

“Kitchen” by Vasil Mihail-2018 (His script, distinguished among the first , in competitions as ‘Screencraft’ (quarterfinal amongst 1200 scripts in all genres), EuroFest (in 7 Finalists from 650 scripts worldwide), European Film Festival 2019 (in 10 Finalists from 80+ scripts worldwide)).

“The Small Ant” (“Three Summer Kisses”) by Erofili Moraiti-2019 (2019 participated at Pitching Lab Olympia International Film Festival and won the Greek Film Center Award).

“The celebration of Zebra” by Alexandros Kostopoulos-2019 (Received a screenplay award from the Microfilm Programme of ERT).

“The Valdomeros” by Marta Gonzalez De La Vega -2019 (2019 participated at exclusive pitching forum for female filmmakers in Barcelona 3rd Acció Curts, in the 23rd L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival).

“Carlito or how I became a dog abuser” by Ivana Janosev-2021.

Testimonials

“Drama Pitching Lab is an incubator for film talents where the excellent mentors are creating competitive friendly environment in which you feel safe, acknowledged and given a helping hand to improve your skills in screenwriting and pitching, but also to see where your script stand among others. Great experience and resource!”

“It was our first pitching lab ever, we learned so much in a family like atmosphere.”

“I met great filmmakers and saw my film from a new angle which is priceless.”

“It’s a great opportunity for a newcomer to pitch his idea in front of an audience.”

“The pitching lab and the festival in Drama has been a tremendous experience, which served to both sharpen my ideas and inspire me in the craft of filmmaking.”

“In DRAMA, you find your drama!”

“A great opportunity to make filmmakers and their projects grow.”

“The pitching lab clarified our project goals, an amazing experience.”

“Drama Pitching Lab was the first journey of my script.”

“Participating in DPL boosted up the appeal of our project.”

“Being part of the pricing lab was one of the most collective and inspiring writing experiences I’ve ever had.”

“My experience at Drama helps a lot, I like the professional advises mentors gαve, and for most, I love the attending film makers , and truly get inspired by the variety of projects that are still working in progress”.

Barbara Dukas

Barbara Dukas
Head programmer in the Pitching Lab Program of the 45th Drama International Short Film Festival. pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr

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