PITCHING CALL FOR ENTRIES – New deadline 10th May 2023

Pitching Lab 2023


4 – 10 SEPTEMBER 2023
10 years Drama Pitching Lab / Forum


New deadline 10th May 2023


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.


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.



Project Submission (exclusively in the English language) until Wednesday 10th of May 2023 +GR 12.00 by mail pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr



  • 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.


  • Audiovisual material at the discretion of each candidate 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.


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.

The selected projects will be announced by the 10th of June 2023.

Where and When?

The workshop includes 3 on-line sessions (mandatory), in dates and times that will be announced, and will take place in the interim between the 28th of August 2023 and the 4th of September 2023, and a three-day workshop (in person), during the Drama International Short Film Festival from 6 to 8 of September 2023. 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


PITCHING Workshop for short film projects (short fiction or animation up to 20΄/documentaries up to 30′), (6th to 8th of September 2023)


The Pitching Forum will be held on Saturday the 9th of September 2023

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 Wednesday the 10th of May 2023  +GR 12:00


  • 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: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/pitching-lab/

Additional information
Email: pitching@dramafilmfestival.gr