Pitching Lab 2022

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

We are very pleased that the Pitching Lab received numerous projects (fiction, animation and doc) this year, and, as has been the case in recent years, the rapporteurs had a very difficult time choosing the final projects that will participate in the three-day Workshop and the Pitching Forum.

This year, the main features of all the projects from all corners of the world that has suffered after two years of pandemic, are the anxiety for survival, the spread of an implicit violence, identity and gender issues, the rights of excluded groups, living with an illness or disability, tolerance of diversity, and the coming of age, in a colourful and unpredictable planet.

From Peru and Nepal, to Kazakhstan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Portugal and Finland, our souls were filled with the images that young filmmakers want to narrate. All these unknown original subjects that we never realized that exist in different corners of the Earth, have made us richer. Unfortunately, among this explosion of colours and ideas, we could only choose 16 of the 117 proposals that were sent to us, yearning for communication and creation.

The Greek creators, with their plurality of projects, ambitious productions and a wide variety of themes, won a special place this year.

The Pitching Forum, in response to the Greek market needs, will try through the shortlisted projects to assist the selected Greek projects that will participate in the Lab this year to communicate with other festivals and forums abroad, contributing to the extroversion and the encouragement of co-producers.

For this reason, in addition to the projects that will come to Drama, the Forum will choose 5 more Greek projects that will be able to participate in a development workshop, which will take place within the framework of the two-day “Drama Festival in Athens” September 17-18 , in the Greek Film Archive. We will announce details soon as well as the schedule of our new workshop, which we hope will become a small institution- “landmark in Athens” for the Pitching Lab and Forum.

BARBARA DOUKA
DISFF Educational Program Manager

  1. War Hero by Perttu Inkilä, Scriptwriter & Director -FICTION, FINLAND
  2. #bagets rider FREE HD by Lester Cristal, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, THE PHILIPPINES
  3. The weight of Air by Carlos Ormeño Palma, Director & Producer –FICTION, PERU
  4. All Souls Day by Amanda Costa de Sousa, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, HUNGARY
  5. Aftermath by Dino Jacovides, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, UK
  6. ATHENS WILL BURN by Panos Kordas, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, GREECE
  7. Summer of Goodbyes by Minsho Limbu, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, NEPAL
  8. Back to Paternal Home by Thanasis Megalopoulos and Stratis Chatzielenoudas, Scriptwriters & Directors –ANIMATION, GREECE
  9. Tavern of Shadows by İlyas Soner Yıldırım, Scriptwriter, Director & Producer –FICTION, TURKEY
  10. Good Friday by Loukia Tzortzopoulou, Scriptwriter & Director –ANIMATION, GREECE
  11. One Wayby Antonis Boubas, Scriptwriter –FICTION, GREECE
  12. The Beast Who Walks Like a man by Marina Siotou and Zoe Sigalou, Scriptwriters & Nikos Kolioukos – Director –FICTION, GREECE
  13. Three Comma Fourteen by Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues, Scriptwriters & Directors -ANIMATION, PORTUGAL
  14. Hag / Didimokorfo by Achilleas  Gatsopoulos, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, GERMANY / GREECE
  15. Impromptu by Maya Vitkova-Kosev, Scriptwriter, Director & Producer  -FICTION, BULGARIA
  16. Cleaning Day by Alexandros Romanos Lizardos, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, GREECE
  • The Girl and the Well by Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua, Scriptwriter & Director –FICTION, U.S.A. (Out of competition). The winner of the Pitching LAB 2019 (Finos Film award) on the occasion of her coming to the screening in the DISFF tribute of Pitching LAB films, will participate as an audience out of competition.

Special Screening PITCHING TRIBUTE

The PITCHING LAB, in its 9 years of operation, has received over 800 projects, literally from the four corners of the earth. Over 100 Greek and international participants have been trained and competed in Drama, while so far 25 short films with a variety of themes, genres and ideas, which we have chosen to present in this special tribute, have been completed.

We happily await even more projects that are in the filming and post-production stage, which will grow the multinational circle of the PITCHING LAB and, in their own way, will encourage filmmakers from all over the world to share their dreams.


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

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.

  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 ‘

  • 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.