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5-11 SEPTEMBER 2022

The Drama International Short Film Festival, the major celebration of short films, opens submissions for its 45th edition!

The festival’s application process for the National Competition but also for the other four competition programmes opens on January 15th, 2022. This year, the filmmakers interested can register and submit their films until May 15th, 2022.

The Drama International Short Film Festival invites creators from all over the world to apply for the International Competition Programme and the International Student Competition Programme. No separate application is required for the International Animation and Short & Green Competitions.

The films can be submitted directly through the FilmFreeway.com platform.

The 45th Drama International Short Film Festival will be held on 5th – 11th September 2022. The festival’s opening event will take place on Monday 5th September, while the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, 11th September.

Interested filmmakers can register their films on the following link: https://filmfreeway.com/Dramafilmfestival

We kindly remind you that a status of Greek premiere is required for the films submitted at the National Competition. Film genres accepted are: fiction, documentary, experimental and animation, while for the films to be eligible their production must have been completed after January 1st 2021. The submission is free of charge for directors of Greek or Cypriot origin.

Films submitted for the International Competition must have been completed after January 1st 2021 to be eligible and a Greek premiere is required. The submission fee per film is 10 euros, while the duration of the films must not exceed 45’ minutes of running time.

Films submitted for the International Student Competition must have been completed after January 1st 2021 to be eligible and a Greek premiere is required. The submission fee per film is 5 euros and the duration of the film can not exceed 20’ minutes of running time.

The complete Regulations for participants are described in detail below:

National Competition, International Competition, International Student Competition.
REGULATION 2022-gr (Greek)
REGULATION 2022-en (English)

Drama International Short Film Festival has at its heart the aim to showcase upcoming cinematic talent and to encourage the creation of short films as an independent art form that involves filmmakers of all ages. A key meeting point for directors and audiovisual industry professionals, the Festival is regarded as one of the most important of its kind in Europe, providing the selected filmmakers with the opportunity to claim a spot at the European Film Awards (EFA).

More information:

info@dramafilmfestival.gr (Drama Festival Secretariat)
Drama Offices: tel. +30 25210 47575
Athens Offices: tel. +30 210 3300309

Torino Short Film Market

DISFF has become one of the five participants to take part in Pitch your Fest! at Torino Short Film Market.

Pitch your Fest! is dedicated exclusively to organisers of festivals featuring short film contents aiming to promote their events. A diversified audience of cinema professionals – directors, producers, distributors, other festival representatives and film institutions – will provide feedback to the organisers about their festival. Following the pitch session, participants will attend a series of one-to-one meetings with industry professionals scheduled by the Torino Short Film Market team. TSFM was founded in 2016 as an international market primarily focused on the short film ecosystem. TSFM aims to not only promote the growth of the short film industry in Europe but equally so worldwide. Additionally, TSFM’s goal is to improve the impact of the short film and its professional industry on the broader film business and at the same time to nurture the development of new cinema authors and talents.

Full list of participants can be found here https://tsfm.centrodelcorto.it/selected-projects-tsfm-volume-6-announced/

Awarded films of the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival


The Jury of the International Competition of the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival, consisting of

  • Anna Mouglalis
  • Venia Vergou
  • Lydia Georgana
  • Aphroditi Panagiotakou
  • Yannis Chalkiadakis

has decided to award the following prizes:

Grand Prix 2021

Son of Sodom by Theo Montoya, Colombia

All the team felt very honored and moved and this film was chosen unanimously with five votes. It is very important to highlight this film for all of it qualities, what it brought to life and what it brings to the ongoing revolution, which is non-binary. Thanks to that kind of work and that movie, unfortunately thanks to that suffering. We would like to congratulate the Head Programmer, Yorgos Zois, for his excellent curation and for selecting films that represented diversity in many different ways.

The prize is accompanied by 4,000 euros, offered by Raycap.

Best Director

Stories Keep me Awake at Night by Jeremy van der Haegen, Belgium

Best Southeastern European Film

From the Balcony by Aris Kaplanidis, Greece
The award for the best film from the region of Southeastern European Film is given to a film where the action of peeping tom connects the diverse characters of a popular neighborhood of Athens.

Special Award TV5MONDE for the Best Production

Land of Glory, by Borbala Nagy, Germany

#ThisisEU European Values Award

Mission: Hebron by Rona Segal, Israel
The European Values Award is given to a film that promotes values such as respect for human dignity and stands for the promotion of human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law by presenting images that do not dominate the mainstream media.

Drama Short Film Candidate EFA Awards 2021 – Drama 2021

NHA SUNHU, by Jose Magro, Portugal

Honorary Distinction Best Film

THE GAME by Roman Hodel, Switzerland
The Honorary Distinction is awarded to an excellently edited film that combines fiction and documentary while tackling the subject of power on and off the field.

Special Mention Director

Special Mention is given to a film that speaks about a deeply patriarchal society by using the disguise, an extraordinary find, as the perfect vehicle to support the protagonist in a meaningful farewell.

Onassis Film Development Grant

to Manolis Mavris for his film Brutalia, Days of Labor
and Aris Kaplanidis for his film From the Balcony

The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 10,000 euros offered by ONASSIS CULTURE. The grant is offered to each director for the development of their feature film script.

Human Values Award

Les Criminels by Serhat Karaaslan, Turkey
The Parliamentary Television Station awards the “Human Values” award to an International Competition Film, a realistic drama with thriller elements, defending the value of privacy in an authoritarian society where everyone is monitored and controlled.


The Jury of the International Student Competition of the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival, consisting of

  • Nazli Elif Durlu
  • Thodoris Dimitropoulos
  • Kiveli Short

has decided to award the following prizes:

Grand Prix Student Award “Almost Famous”

goes to Spirits and Rocks: An Azorean Myth by Aylin Gökmen
(from Switzerland – DocNomads) for its haunting yet intimate evocation of loss that pushes the boundaries of the documentary form.

Special Jury Award “Rising Star”

goes to Holding On To Water by Kiubon Kokko
(from U.S.A. / Claremont McKenna College) for its brave, vulnerable and inventive portrayal of a difficult father-son relationship.

Special Award for the best Greek Film-Script “On The Radar!”

goes to Ante Nte by Ariadni Thyfronitou Litou
(from Greece / School of Film, Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) for deftly balancing between the bittersweet feeling of growing up and the colourful spirit of youth.

Special Distribution Award: “Heat it up!”

goes to Elevator Alone by Anastasia Papadopoulou
(University of West Attica) for its great craftsmanship, playfulness and attention to detail.

Special Mention Jury Darling

goes to Amayi by Subarna Das
(from India / Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute) for the director’s artful and sensitive depiction of a timely and important subject matter.

Special Mention Super Focus

goes to Don’t Forget to Smile by Cai Ning
(Doc Nomads) for a chilling portrait of family pressure and child exploitation.

Special Award for Debut Director “Dinos Katsouridis” to the filmmakers:

Ariadne – Angeliki Thifronitou – Leto / “Ante de”
Anastasia Papadopoulou / ” Elevator Alone”
Alexandros Rellos / “TolisLive or (Toronto)”



The Jury of the newly established International Short and Green Competition Section congratulates all the participants for their technically perfect creations. They also congratulate them for their very apt, but also sensitive look at the problems related to the environment.

The Jury found representative the intensity of the ecological problems portrayed, and at the same time encouraging, the fact that filmmakers from so many different parts of the world deal with them and try to highlight them and raise public awareness through their work.

The Jury proposes to the management of the Festival the strengthening of the Short and Green Competition section, with educational programs for students utilizing the messages of the films, but also the creation of new motivations for the filmmakers, so that they can be inspired and create, having the environment as a central theme.

We watched really good movies, most of them with very special and distinct messages, which made our final decision very difficult.

The jury of Short & Green of the 44th Drama Short Film Festival, consisting of

  • Kazakis Dimitris
  • Panagos Joachim
  • Eleftheria Tsatsi
  • Linan Jose Manuel Abad

has decided to award the following prizes:

The Drama Green Award

to the film Anticline by Joao Gil from Portugal
We acknowledge the way the author has transformed a specific, located catastrophe into a universal, fully understandable story with masterly use of visual and narrative resources, and by making inanimate elements, vivid characters, with a polished, powerful, long lasting storytelling.

1st Green Mention

to the film The Big Green by Massoni Laurenzo from France
The Jury acknowledges the simplicity of an attractive and innovative idea and the development of trust, built up from scratch, between a human being and a tree, with brilliant, accurate filmmaking.

2nd Green Mention

to the film Migrants by Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise from France
The Jury acknowledges the richness of messages and how they are communicated to a wide audience, spanning from children to adults, with exceptional animation work and a surprising scenario.


The jury of the International Animation Competition Program of the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival, consisting of

  • Vassilis Karamitsanis
  • Tasos Nousias
  • Eleni Mouri
  • Izabella Plucinska

has decided to award the following prizes:


PILAR by Yngwie Boley, JJ Epping, Dianna van Houten (NL)
Impressive images, an outstanding animation technique and a well-targeted metaphor enchanted us from the first second to the very end of this short in a journey of pure cinematic fantasia.


FROM THE BALCONY by Aris Kaplanidis (GR)
An extremely smart insight of the modern Athenian suburbia, with intense rhythm, edgy dialogues and real-life characters engaged us in this Greek animation short, presented by a promising, young creative team.


An elegy on loss, gender equality, childhood and silent crimes all melt smoothly in a 2D animation of universal value and appeal short from the world’s largest society.


THE QUIET by Radheya Jegatheva (AU)
This cosmic parabole immersed us in a truly personal and poetic narrative about the fragile, yet steadily changing dimensions of self-consciousness.


The Jury of 44th Drama International Short Film Festival National Competition consisting of:

  • Eleni Androutsopoulou
  • Stella Theodoraki
  • Panagiotis Iosofelis
  • Menelaos Karamaghiolis
  • Christina Bitha


The Jury of the 44th Drama Short Film Festival got bored of presidents and decided to form an independent unanimous decision-making scheme… and found it to be SUPER AMAZING.

We watched all the films in the theatres carefully and with love and we felt optimistic for the new Greek cinema, which in these difficult conditions of the pandemic have produced such interesting and beautiful works. We recognised projects full with ideas, reflections and opinions of social, aesthetic and political character. Even though sometimes they were not completed, there was a promise that this would happen in their next projects.

Their free creative writing and research in different directions, is an optimistic sign in an era that seems to be turning to more conservative forms of expression.

The jury would like to thank the young filmmakers tonight for their work. Because without the work there is no art, no festival, and we have to understand that, if we want to preserve the culture in this country. We wish them to keep this independent flame within themselves in all their future films. Their participation in the festival is the biggest award!

has decided to award the following prizes:


Golden Dionysus to the film Brutalia, Days of Labour by Manolis Mavris

Tonia Marketaki Award for the Best Director

Tonia Marketaki Award for the Best Director to Nikos Tsemberopoulos for the film Soul Food

Special Award of the Jury

Special Award of the Jury to the films:
«Horsepower» by Spyros Skandalos
«To Vancouver» by Artemis Anastasiadou

Best Documentary

Best Documentary to the film Every Sunday by Keti Papadema

Drama Queer Award

Drama Queer Award to the film A Summer Place by Alexandra Matheou

Best Screenplay

Best Screenplay to Vaggelio Soumeli for the film I don’t want to forget anything

Honorary Distinction

Honorary Distinction to the film Motorway 65 by Evi Kalogiropoulou

Honorary Distinction for Interpretation

Honorary Distinction to Jouvany Guirguis for his interpretation to the film Souls all unaccompanied by Yorgos Teltzidis

Honorary Distinction for Female Leading Role

Honorary Distinction for Female Leading Role to Mary Mina to the film A Summer Place by Alexandra Matheou

Honorary Distinction for Male Leading Role

Honorary Distinction for Male Leading Role for both Vasilis Koutsogiannis to the film To Vancouver by Artemis Anastasiadou & Apollonas Sarris to the film Soul Food by Nikos Tseberopoulos

Honorary Distinction for the Best Cinematography

Honorary Distinction for the Best Cinematography to Thomas Tsiftelis for the film Horsepower by Spyros Skandalos

Honorary Distinction for the Best Editing

Honorary Distinction for the Best Editing to Christos Giannakopoulos to the film Motorway 65 by Evi Kalogiropoulou

Honorary Distinction IOULIA STAVRIDOU for the Best Costumes
Honorary Distinction for the Best Set

Honorary Distinction IOULIA STAVRIDOU for the Best Costumes to Eva Goulakou and Honorary Distinction for the Best Set to Dafni Kalogianni to the film Brutalia, Days Labour by Manolis Mavris

Honorary Distinction for the Best Original Music Score

Honorary Distinction for the Best Original Music Score to Marilena Orfanou to the film Amygdala by Maria Hatzakou

Honorary Distinction for the Best Sound Design

Honorary Distinction for the Best Sound Design to Aris Kaplanidis to his film From The Balcony

Honorary Distinction for the Best Sound

Honorary Distinction for the Best Sound both to Giannis Loukos to the film Last Visit by Spyros Alidakis and to Stefanos Efthimiou to the film Creatures of the night by Memi Koupa

Special Mention

Special Mention to Vasileios Kalamakis for his film The Student

Special Mention

Special Mention to Nikos Avgoustidis for his film Apallou


Everything about 44th Drama International Short Film Festival


12-18 SEPTEMBER 2021

The 44th Drama International Short Film Festival, renewed in appearance and content, looks into the future with a new exterior and a refreshing mood, as well as a wonderful trailer directed by Vasilis Kekatos.

The 44th DISFF will be held on September 12th-18th, 2021, in the city of Drama. The new visual identity, created by Dimitris Papazoglou, marches along with the visual language of a constantly evolving digital world, representing first and foremost the factual intention of the festival: to embrace and shed light on individuals regardless of origin, religion or sexual orientation, through the medium of cinema.

This year’s event, the second one with the artistic director Yannis Sakaridis on the lead, will be held in parallel with an ongoing difficult global situation caused by the pandemic, while outstanding Greek short films, by filmmakers that stubbornly continue to create despite the hardships, succeed one after another in major festivals abroad.

In order to ensure public health, the Drama International Short Film Festival will be held again this year, simultaneously in physical spaces and online.

The National Competition Program, the International Competition Program and the International Student Program are framed by the three new competition programs of DISFF: the International Animation Program, the Short & Green, but also Cinematherapy, which after its success last year, gained a permanent position in the festival’s program.

The big celebration of short films (https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr), will take place on 12-18 September showcasing the filmmakers and the audience that love and support short films. The city of Drama is preparing again this year to welcome the young Greek filmmakers in the joyous celebration of Greek cinema, which every September transforms the city center and its beautiful water park, where the Festival takes place, into an animated movie set.

The national short film festival aims to showcase new talented filmmakers in their infancy and to encourage the creation of short film as an autonomous category inviting creators of all ages.

The 44th DISFF will be held at the Olympia Cinema, the Municipal Conservatory of Drama (Antonis Papadopoulos Hall), at the Open-air Cinema Alexandros, the Drive-in Cinema which will operate exclusively for the week of the Festival, and at the multispace Eleftheria (corner of Venizelou and Koudouriotou streets).

Those who wish to watch the 44th DISFF online, should register here: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/tickets/

The screenings are geoblocked for the Greek territory only. For business, market and VIP accreditation contact the secretariat of the festiva: info@dramafilmfestival.gr

Registration begins with the opening of the online digital platform, on 12th September.

The platform will screen the 5 competition programs, Cinematherapy and Zagoriwood.

In total, 158 films from more than 50 countries will be presented in total at all the programs of the Festival.

As the artistic director Yannis Sakaridis notes:

“Jointly correlating with the global communities, DISFF44 proceeded in ecological actions and is launching this year the International Short & Green competition program coordinated by Vassilis Terzopoulos.

This year and for the second consecutive year, we present the Cinematherapy program led by Denis Nikolakou, with three new films from this year’s entries that stood out for their content and sensitive approach. With the intention to strengthen this atmosphere, in this year’s event we have the luck and the honour to host the author of the best seller The Gift, Stefanos Xenakis.

This year a great emphasis is also placed on Animation. In collaboration with the International Animasyros Festival, ASIFA and the University of West Attica, a new International Animation program was created, led by the excellent director and Professor at PADA (University of Western Attika), Spyros Siakas.

Once again this year we have a renewed and solid National Competition, with more female directors than their male colleagues.

At the International Competition, the pre-selection team of the award-winning director Yorgos Zois watched films from 105 countries.

The International Student Competition, led for the second year by the screenwriter and director Thanasis Neofotistos, received more than 2000 films this year, and is aiming to become one of the top programs in Europe.

We are pleased to announce that the trailer of the 44th DISFF was created by Vassilis Kekatos, the first Greek director to be honored with the Palme d’OR in Cannes, for his short film The Distance Between Us and the Sky.

You may watch the trailer here:

Airplanes by Vasilis Kekatos: DISFF 44 TRAILER

Script, Directing, Editing: Vasilis Kekatos
Narration: Glykeria Pappa
Sound Design / Sound Mix: Panagiotis Panagiotopouos
Script Translation: Alexandra Dirani-Maouni
Special thanks to: Lefteris Kokkolis, Romanna Lobach, Helene Stergiopoulou

This year’s DISFF radio spot is delivered by the actor Yannis Stankoglou.


247 Greek films were submitted this year out of which 30 films will compete for the awards of the 44th DISFF (you will find the list here: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/national-competition/ in a “compact” program representing this year’s production.

The selection includes 24 fiction films, 2 documentaries, 2 animation and 2 experimental ones.

For the first time, this year, the majority of the directors competing are female (19 women, 14 men).

A lot of new talent is emerging this year along with some old acquaintances of the festival, whose films have been distinguished in the past.

The exploration of eroticism, the intimate relationships among women, allegorical matriarchal models of power, the revenge of women against abusive men and sexism – are some of this year’s themes explored in the films. Other recurring themes are bullying, religious practices and mob violence, while intolerance, immigration, troubled family bonds, separation and management of grief are also providing inspiration to young filmmakers.

The descriptions of the tourist model that prevails in Greece and Cyprus and the other side of the tourism industry, the provincial kitsch and depictions of the outskirts of the metropolis are themes that filmmakers are interested in, while they also seem to be particularly concerned with everyday life, the psychology of influencers, instagrammers, youtubers and followers, the addiction to social media and the fragile balance between what is real and what they depict in the digital era.

Although comedies are scarce this year too, the element of fantasy is very present, and also unexpected glances at shocking events exist, such as the one dealing with the Polytechnic University upheaval.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the pandemic is treated by many mainly as a background feature and not as the key element.

There are many popular actors that star in the films of the competition programs, indicatively we mention: Eleni Vergeti, Stefania Goulioti, Nikolakis Zeginoglou, Anna Kalaitzidou, Yorgos Karamihos, Kora Karvouni, Giannis Kokiasmenos, Ioanna Kolliopoulou, Romana Lobach, Laertis Malkorosis, Aurora Marion, Mary Mina, Iro Bezou, Kostas Berikopoulos, Amalia Moutousi, Kostas Nikouli, Argiris Pantazaras, Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos, Maria Skoula, Elena Topalidou, Elli Triggou, Aeneas Tsamatis, Theodora Tzimou, Marissa Triantaphyllidou, Yannis Tsorteksi and Alexandra Hassani.


The Festival marks in this edition 27 years since it received its international status and will screen a total of 23 films from 19 countries – which have been selected from films submitted from a total of 105 countries!

Among them there will be three Greek films: Motorway 65 by Evi Kalogiropoulou, From the Balcony by Aris Kaplanidis and Brutalia, days of labor by Manolis Mavris.

As the Head Programmer of the International Competition Program Yorgos Zois points out, “This year, the International Programme incorporates creations of young as well as established filmmakers, some of which have feature length films under their belt. Films that have been distinguished worldwide but also new discoveries by emerging directors, films that play with genres creating new languages of communication and focus on issues ranging from gender to class, all organically intertwined. Our programme is a rich mosaic of filmmakers from all over the world, offering us a fresh and modern outlook of the outside, as well as their inside world. This year we have chosen to increase the duration of the accepted competition films to 45 minutes and have selected films that because of their length wouldn’t make it to other short film festivals”

– Pleasantly surprising is the presence of the favorite actor Denis Lavant from the unforgettable Holy Motors and the rest of Leo Carax films in the sweet French-speaking story of Nicolas Paban, Guillaume Levil, Princess of Jerusalem.

-The Hungarian director Borbála Nagy presents Land Of Glory, an aptly sarcastic and sharply realistic film. Among her short films, as a director and screenwriter, Borbala has also worked on the feature film Jupiter’s Moon created by the famous (White God, Pieces of a Woman) director Kornél Mundruczó.

Swedish director Kezia Zurbrügg makes a double appearance in this year’s program as director of Leavers, a film tackling the new Brexit reality in the UK, but also in the cinematography team of the documentary The Game directed by Swedish filmmaker Roman Hodel. Go Sweden!

-Lois Patiño, after his feature film Red Moon Tides, collaborates with Matías Piñeiro creating Sycorax, a short film that fascinates with its poetic approach.


In the fresh and very young competition program that was inaugurated last year at the Drama International Film Festival with Head Programmer Thanasis Neofotistos, 22 films from 17 countries and 21 film schools were selected to be screened, directed by 13 women and 11 male directors – having among them 3 Greek films: Elevator Alone, by Anastasia Papadopoulou, Tolis Live or (Toronto) by Alexandros Rellos and Ante Nte by Ariadne Angeliki Thifronitou Litou.

As Thanasis Neofotistos notes, “We are very happy, as the clear goal of focusing on cinematic quality and treating the student film as a respectable piece of artistic work was recognized with the reception of 2000+ submissions (from 700 submissions in 2020) of student films from all over the world, making our job pleasantly difficult. From them, emerged a tight, high quality program, for which we are extremely proud of! Out of the 22 films we have selected, 8 will have their world premieres internationally, while other films that already had a significant festival course (Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, among others) are also included”.

He adds: “It is also very interesting for us that, due to the young age of the participants, we identified a very fresh and novel approach to issues that concern international film productions (the position of women, diversity, etc.) through films of all genres (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental). Finally, with pleasure, we noticed, unlike last year, many remarkable Asian films, mostly created by female directors and a significant increase in confessional films that tell personal stories of their creators. We are looking forward to sharing and watching with you the beautiful films of our program, at the Olympia cinema in Drama, 15th, 16th and 17th September, but also online through the platform of the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival! ”


* The National Competition Program Jury is comprised of: Menelaos Karamaggiolis – director, Eleni Androutsopoulou – head of the Greek program at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Stella Theodoraki – director, producer, Panagiotis Iosifelis – screenwriter, screenwriting teacher Christina Bitha, journalist, film critic.

* The International Competition Jury is comprised of: Afroditi Panagiotakou – Director of culture at the Onassis Foundation, Venia Vergou – director of the Hellenic Film Commission, Anna Mouglalis – actress, director, Yannis Chalkiadakis – Film editor, Lydia Georgana – director, casting director and actors’ coach.

* The Student International Competition Jury is comprised of: Nazil Elif Dourlou – director (Turkey), Kyveli Short – producer (Greece) and Thodoris Dimitropoulos – film critic (Greece).

* The Audience Award will be presented again this year: through the Festival’s online platform, the audience will be able to take part in the voting for the Audience award for the best film for all the five competition programs of the festival.


*International Animation Competition Program

A new ambitious program in this year’s edition that puts emphasis on storytelling through the art of animation.
The Head Programmer of the Animation section is Spyros Siakas. There will be 20 films from around the world competing – including the Greek film The Classmate (Anastasia Dimitra) – which will be screened on September 13 and 14 in theaters and on the festival platform.
Jury: Vassilis Karamitsanis – Artistic Director of Animasyros – International Animation Festival, Tasos Nousias – actor, Eleni Mouri – professor at the graphic design department PADA, Izabella Plucinska – director and animator from Poland.

The Animation Competition prize “ASIFA HELLAS YANNIS VASILEIADIS” will be awarded.

International Competition Program for “Short and Green” Environmental Awareness Films

There are 14 films of all cinematic genres from 12 countries participating, including one Greek film (Containers by Katerina Charalambidou).

The thematic range is wide: social films, comedies, science fiction, experimental, observational and character-centered documentaries, animation with special allegorical symbolism.

The film Sea And Sky was filmed with the use of renewable energy sources, non-waste practices and a vegan catering on the menu among other actions, with the aim of neutralizing the production’s environmental footprint.

The 1st prize will be the DRAMA GREEN AWARD (The green prize of Drama), offered by CYCLOPS (non profit organization).

Vassilis Terzopoulos is the Head Programmer of “Short and Green”

Jury: José Manuel Abad Liñan – Journalist for El Pais newspaper, specializing in science and culture, Spain
Panagos Ioakeim – Actor
Dimitris Kazakis – Member of the Ecological Movement of Drama – Teacher
Eleftheria (Lila) Tsatsi – Activist

The establishment of the new section will be accompanied by a series of environmental actions, in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the Festival.

Indicative environmental actions:

-Tree planting actions in the city of Drama in collaboration with the Green Department, Municipality of Drama – a few days before the start of the Festival.

-Collection and recycling of recyclable waste from the screening rooms of the Festival

-The screenings of Short and Green are part of the actions of the Municipality of Drama for the European campaign of the European Mobility Week (16-22 September), which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Green Fund.

* Cinematherapy: Following last year’s very successful first presentation of Cinematherapy to the festival audience, this program returns this year as a separate section in DISFF: thus, the psychotherapist Denis Nikolakou returns with three films from this year’s participations (How to train an Antihero by John Bletas (Greece), Left Unsaid by Iari Varriale (Estonia), From the Balcony by Aris Kaplanidis (Greece) which will present the opportunity for another interesting presentation and discussion.

The innovation in this year’s Cinematherary is that in addition to the special content of the films – a criterion for their selection in that particular thematic collection, is that two of the three selected films are documentaries.

The selection criteria of the three films are based on the topics they explore:

A) Acceptance of diversity, disability, social integration (How to train an Anti-hero)

B) Family ties, personality formation through the relationships of family members in a modern society (Left Unsaid)

C) Social exclusion, interpersonal relations in the light of the economic crisis imprinted in a miniature of the modern Greek reality (From the Balcony).


The Drama Festival continues to support the production of short films and to offer training to new directors: As part of the educational platform DRAMA MINI TALENT LAB, for the eighth year, a Pitching Workshop for young filmmakers, and a Pitching Producers’ Forum will be held.

The Pitching Lab teaches pitching techniques to directors / producers, while at the Pitching Forum young directors and producers from around the world present their project, in a 5′ duration pitch, to producers and potential funding partners. At the end of the Pitching Forum, participants also have the opportunity to arrange one-on-one meetings with producers interested in their upcoming films or festival directors, to promote their work.

The Pitching Lab / Forum will be presented exclusively in the English language, will be held on Friday 17th September (13.30-17.00, Municipal Conservatory of Drama) and will be also open to the public with live streaming.

Finos Film will offer a cash prize for the best film, while GFC (Greek Film Centre) will financially support the program.

This year, the Pitching Lab has accepted 15 projects to participate (here you will find the participating projects: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/pitching-lab/

The director of the educational program of DISFF is the director and educator Barbara Dukas.

Masterclasses will be given by Panagiotis Iossifellis, Barbara Dukas, John Stephens and Georgina Kakoudaki (instructors of Pitching Lab), while the famous French actress and director, as well as a member of the jury of the International Competition, Anna Mouglalis, will join as a VIP guest.

The program also includes a panel with important international sales agents entitled: Festival Sales and Distribution – How does it work?.

Participants: Enrico Vannucci – Programmer at Locarno Film Festival (CH), Ben Vandendael – Sales Agent, Radiator Sales (BE) and Judith Wajsgruz -Film Distributor at Salaud Morisset (FR).


* EFA candicacies 2020: 10 award-winning European films will be screened at the European Film Academy Film Festival Network, nominated for the EFA 2020, Best European Short Film Award.

* Animasyros 2021 – International Animation Festival – collaborates with the Drama International Short Film Festival, presenting a part of this year’s tribute to Freedom at the 44th DISFF. The Freedom Tribute includes films from around the world, exploring various aspects of freedom, such as the war for liberation, the conquest of social rights, animal freedom and personal freedom. At the same time, a selection of the most important Greek animations in collaboration with ASIFA HELLAS will be presented at the Festival.

* DIAPLASIS, event in collaboration with the Television Station of the Hellenic Parliament. An inter-university programme of creative practice with the objective to create original television content with a youthful outlook and aesthetic. The students are taking part in a six months programme subsidized by the Parliament: they form groups and create the fifteen-minute documentaries of the series “Student Studies”, which will be screened on the Parliament-TV. 7 of these films will be presented at the event.

* Zagoriwood Program has been running since 2010 in the village of Kato Pedina of Zagori, operating under one philosophy: “1 person + 1 camera + 1 computer = a complete unit for creating audiovisual works”. The participants in the workshops are young or amateur filmmakers, who are being taught in depth the creative structure of the moving image. Every year many short films are produced as a result of this creative process. A selection of films created by the latest Zagoriwood will be screened at this event.

* Midnight screening of the award-winning international film’s Another Round by Thomas Winterberg at the Open-air Cinema Alexandros

Presentations of the directors with films in the competition section and open discussion with the audience of the Festival, at the Open-air Cinema Alexandros (daily at 12:30)

Fair Afternoons (13-17th September, 19:00 pm, cafe “ELEFTHERIA”) presented and curated by the poet, with origin from the city of Drama, Polina G. Bana.

The following will be presented: “Bright Darkness: texts for the cinema” by Achilleas Kyriakidis, “Children’s House” by Kyriakos Syfiltzoglou, and “1821: WOMEN AND THE GREEK REVOLUTION. From the Ottoman World to the Free Greek State” by Vasiliki Lazou. Also: the anniversary exhibition of the Benaki Museum “1821. Before and After” and the accompanying catalogue (Archaeological Museum of Drama) will be presented.

Also: the new issue of the biannual Journal of literature and art “Diodos 661”, the literature and literature review magazine “Theuth – the two facets of literature”, the historical photo-memoir “DRAMA OF REFUGEESA tribute to memory” by Georgia Bakali and Dimitris I. Sfakianakis, Short-Story Collection “Elevator – Real stories about the strength you would wonder how you found or lost” by Maria Kampantai and the “Photography Diary 2021” by the elderly care unit of Xanthi, “Megas Vasileios”.

-Finally, the award-winning films of the festival will be screened on Sunday 19/9, at 18.00 in the evening at the OLYMPIA cinema.


* A big partner and supporter of the 44th DISFF is EKOME (National Centre of Audiovisual and Media and Communication) which financially and morally supports the institution in its new educational activities, as well as in its actions related to further networking of the Festival in the Audiovisual Industry internationally.
* The support of Greek Film Centre is expanding, which in addition to the established awards that it offers, it also supports the educational program of the Festival.
* Raycap is the regular sponsor of the Grand Prix in the International Competition Program, financially and morally supports the educational program of the festival and the production of educational animation films.
* The ANT1 Screenwriting School, for the first time, will offer a screenplay award to the International Student Competition.
* The Onassis Culture will support the young filmmakers. More info will be announced during the festival.


Rendezvous in Drama, and right after in October (22-28) also in Athens, since this year the Greek program of the Festival, the award-winning films of the International Competition and some selected programs, will be screened at the Greek Film Archive theatre.

If the COVID conditions allow it, the program The Drama Festival Travels, will continue to travel in next season to even more destinations, highlighting the dynamics of the Greek cinema inside and outside Greece.


* We would like to remind you that from 13th September the entrance to the indoors cinema theatres is allowed only to vaccinated people and to the ones that had been sick with covid up to 6 months from the diagnosis or to those not vaccinated with rapid antigen test that has been performed (own means) up to 48 hours earlier.

* Do not forget to download the new version of our website application for mobile and tablets android


Here, you can select the photos you want from all the sections:


The Drama Festival is a Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Drama and is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture & Sports, the Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace and the Municipality of Drama. We thank the sponsors and supporters of DISFF:

EKOME – Prime Supporter








ERT, ERT3, Second Program, World, Voice of Greece, 102 fm, 958 fm
Ert Kavala, Ert Serres
TV5 World
Cosmote TV
Parliament Television
Real Fm 97.8 & Real News
Athens 9.84
In Kokkino, Thessaloniki
Journal of the Authors

PARTNERS & moral supporters

European Commission – European Delegation to Greece
Creative Europe – Media Desk Hellas
European Film Academy
Thessaloniki Film Festival
Olympia Festival for Children and Youth
ASIFA Hellas
Youth Plan / Neaniko Plano
French Institute & French Consulate in Thessaloniki
French Institute of Greece
University of West Attica
Hellenic Open University
The Greek film associations: PEKK, ETEKT, GSC
And the Network of European Short Film Festivals of the European Film Academy
Directorate of Primary Education of Serres

More information:
info@dramafilmfestival.gr (Drama Festival Secretariat)
Drama Offices: tel. +30 25210 47575
Athens Offices: tel. +30 210 3300309

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Drama International Short Film Festival

Evanna Venardou
Press Office Manager
Evanna Venardou
Press Office

DISFF new visual identity

Drama International Short Film Festival obtains a refined profile.

The Festival is changing and consequently its image is changing too.

We are pleased to present the new visual identity of DISFF created by Dimitris Papazoglou and his team (creative office DpS/Athens).

What follows is the rationale behind this choice, guided by an identity that will be able to support the institution over time, marching along with the visual language of a constantly evolving digital world.

The preceding visual identity of the Drama International Short Film Festival was designed thirty years ago and was limited to be expressed by a logo including some basic colors. It has successfully served the needs of the institution for the past decades. Naturally, however, it became insufficient to express the continual evolution of the Festival in a wider frame and time length and to keep pace with the visual language in a continually changing digital world.

Our aim was to create a complete system of visual expression that would consolidate the current mission of the Festival, making the institution instantly recognizable to the Greek and international film audience: for the professionals working with the motion picture and for the individuals that are simply inspired by it; for young professionals and acclaimed filmmakers.

Firstly, in a climate of harmonious cooperation with DpS Athens, we defined the basic elements that the new visual identity should reflect in order to be consistent with the original essence of the institution:

  • The art of cinema at its core and the reason for its existence.
  • The format of “short film” as the representative field.
  • The attribute of the emblematic award, since the distinction in the competition sections of the festival is not only a locomotive to boost creativity but also a guarantee for recognition in the film industry.
  • The established international character that the Festival has acquired in the long run functions as a springboard for Greek and foreign artists at international markets.
  • The modern digital dimension of the institution as an organic adaptation to the new rituals of cinematic content consumption.
  • The factual intention of the festival is to embrace and shed light on individuals regardless of origin, religion and sexual orientation, with the main medium being the cinema that unites and serves for the collective progress and development.

We sought an identity consistent with the modern visual language, but which also will be able to support the institution throughout time. From the past until now; from now until the future.

That is why the option of creating a “firework”, that would look impressive in the short term in the form of a polished event, never crossed our minds. From the beginning our goal was to lay the foundations for implementations intended to last in the long run, without the need to depend on design trends.

Lengthy participatory workshops and constant interaction with the associates of the Festival co-formed the final design proposal by Dimitris Papazoglou that superseded our expectations by meeting the desired outcome:

  • The use of the film perforator (the small perforated squares that frame the strips of the analog film) works as a transition from our old logo to the new one. This classic element simultaneously represents the pixels or screens, signifying not only the cinematic mission of the Drama Film Festival but also its timeless continuity.
  • The imprinting of the pixels in such an arrangement that refers to the system of awards in film festivals – with the awarded party being placed in brackets from laurels – gave us a direct connotation to the concept of the cinematic competition, but also of the digital age.
  • The elliptical trace of the logo referring to the globe, offers us in a discreet but clear manner a visual depiction of the international character of an institution that is gaining more and more ground in the international cinematic terrain.
  • The codification of all verbal information into abbreviations that convey their message directly, is for us an organic symbolism for the power and format economy of the short film storytelling.

The patterns of the shapes and the distinct verbal presence that result from the above, in combination with the deep red color that connects our preceding identity with the refined one, constitute a complete visual system that we believe will enable the Festival to express itself audibly, recognizably and consistently in its function for the coming years.

We are grateful to Dimitris Papazoglou and DpS Athens for the thorough research, their inexhaustible creativity, elegant cooperation and the excellent final design.

George Demertzis, President of the Cultural Organization of Drama International Short Film Festival
Yannis Sakaridis, Artistic Director of Drama International Short Film Festival

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DISFF is awaiting your films


12-18 SEPTEMBER 2021

DISFF is awaiting your films

True to its annual, autumn rendezvous, this year, the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece’s big celebration of short film, will be held on
September 12-18 and is awaiting your work!

The application process for Drama International Short Film Festival’s National Competition has just opened. Those interested can apply by the 31st of May. The deadline for the International Competition Program is on May 31, while those who wish to apply for the International Student Competition Program have until June 15.

Films are submitted online through filmfreeway.com.
Filmmakers can register here:
https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/submission/ (Greek)
https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/submission/ (English)

We would like to remind you that a Greek premiere is required for the submission of films to all competitions at DISFF and that production must be completed after January 1, 2020. The festival accepts fiction, experimental, documentary and animated short films completed after January 1st, 2020.

For the National Competition, submission is free for Greek and Cypriot directors. For the International Competition the cost of submission is 10 euros per film, while the duration of the film should not exceed 45 minutes. For the International Student Competition submission is free and the duration of the film should not exceed 20 minutes.

Please read Rules & Terms of how to apply here:
National Competition: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/national-competition/
International Competition: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/international-competition/
International Student Competition: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/festival/international-student-competition/

DISFF is awaiting your films

Art Director Giannis Sakaridis and Head Programmers of the International Competition and International Student Competition Programs, Yorgos Zois and Thanasis Neofotistos, are getting ready to welcome short filmmakers to the most lively celebration of cinema, that every September transforms the city of Drama to a cultural hub.

Drama International Short Film Festival is here to showcase the new cinematic talent in its infancy and to encourage the creation of short films as an independent art form that involves creators of all ages. A key meeting point for directors and audiovisual industry professionals, the Festival is regarded as one of the most important of its kind in Europe, providing the selected filmmakers with the opportunity to claim a spot in the European Film Awards (EFA).

Drama International Short Film Festival (DISFF)
Tel: +30 210 3300309
Tel: +30 25210 47575

E-mail: info@dramafilmfestival.gr
National Competition: national@dramafilmfestival.gr
International Competition: international@dramafilmfestival.gr
Student Int’l Competition: student@dramafilmfestival.gr

Yorgos Zois

The Greek filmmaker Yorgos Zois is the Head Programmer of the Drama International Short Film Festival.

Α multi-awarded artist with a distinct and innovative outlook on cinema , Yorgos Zois had no qualms about returning to the short form with his film  Third kind which premiered in Cannes and Touch me, commissioned by  Onassis Stegi.

In his new capacity as head programmer, he  is returning to the Drama Short Film Festival, where with his film  Casus Belli  in 2010 he won the top award of the festival, Golden Dionysos, thus marking the beginning of an outstanding carrier. 

Yorgos Zois is a Greek director born in 1982 and based in Athens. His body of work, four shorts and one feature film, has been selected at A-festivals worldwide (Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Telluride, Palm Springs, Clermont Ferrand, etc) and has been acknowledged with numerous awards and distinctions worldwide, including BEST SHORT FILM and BEST NEWCOMER DIRECTOR from the Greek Film Academy and a European Film Academy nomination as best director. His films have also raised highly internationally acclaimed reviews about their meta-aesthetics and daring narration and have been broadcast by the most prestigious TV channels like ARTE, Canal plus, NBC and digital platforms like Criterion. Ηe was also a member of the official Jury “Lion of the Future” at the 74th Venice Film Festival and other film festival juries over  the past few years. His latest short film Third Kind premiered in Semaine de La Critique in Cannes and he is now in the pre-production of his second feature film called Arcadia, whose script has been selected in Next Step Programme and the Berlinale Co- Production Forum.

In Greece he has been awarded with the 1st Prize for Short Film for Casus Belli  by the Hellenic Film Academy and also 7 awards in the Drama Short Film Festival (Golden Dionysos, Direction, Screenplay etc)

We are more than happy and honored to welcome Yorgos in our festival team.

countdown to the 43rd

The countdown to the 43rd Short Film Festival in Drama has started. The Festival is turning a new page in its history, with a new Artistic Director, Yannis Sakaridis, who took up his post under globally unprecedented circumstances, at a period of time where Greek short film creators are excelling at the biggest international film festivals. For this reason, for the first time in its history, the Drama Film Festival will be conducted simultaneously both in physical locations and online.

The Festival is delighted to announce that internationally acclaimed Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski will be a member of the jury of the International Competition.

The great celebration of short film, https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr, will take place from the 20th to the 26th of September, headlined by filmmakers and the audience that loves and supports short film.

Once again this year, Drama is preparing to welcome Greek short film creators to the most joyous celebration of Greek cinema, which transforms the city centre and its wonderful water park where the Festival is held, to a frenetic film set every September.

The National Short Film Festival is here to spotlight new cinematic talent in the making, and promote the creation of short film as an independent category pertinent to filmmakers of all age groups.

The 43rd DISFF will be conducted in the newly-renovated open-air cinema Alexandros, the festival’s new hotspot, at the Olympia Cinema, and the Municipal Conservatory of Drama. Alongside the aforementioned locations, a drive-in cinema will be set up for the first time, next to the Krachtidis Stadium (Drama’s indoor sports fascility).

Those who wish to watch the Festival online, will need to register here:


Registrations will begin with the opening of the platform, on 20/09/20.

In total, 141 films from 37 countries will be screened; spread between the Festival’s various programmes.

In the words of Yannis Sakaridis, “at a time when the whole world’s been shaken by the pandemic, we have prepared a festival which will bolster short film, and give hope to its creators. In times of crisis, films can provoke, transport us to another place, inform, enchant, and heal.”


Out of 275 Greek films submitted (a new record for the festival), 34 will compete for the awards of the 43rd competition https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/festival/greek-competition, in a solid but flexible programme. These include 3 documentaries, 2 animation films, and 2 experimental films. This year, about a quarter of competing directors are women (the female signatures are 9).

A lot of new talents are participating, as well as plenty of the festival’s old acquaintances who have received awards in the past. Man’s relationship to animals seems to monopolize a good deal of the directors’ interest this year, in films of a very different style. Trans characters aspire to steal the limelight, while the Coronavirus matter, paradoxically, concerns very few contestants –we will, however, see a meta-apocalyptic gay love story inspired by the pandemic.

Issues that have long perturbed Greek short film makers are once again prevalent this year: Immigration (as far as children are concerned, predominantly), in an unwelcoming Athens, integration of immigrants in Greek society, war, managing loss, helplessness and old age, love. Directors seem to be deeply concerned by parent-child relationships, especially cases of mothers or fathers who, regardless of the reason for their absence, scar their children irreparably. There is no shortage of period dramas, allegorical tales, fantasy films, and some which intensely experiment with form.

Many popular actors star in the competing films: Vangelio Andreadaki, Andreas Konstantinou, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Giorgos Kentros, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Kimonas Kouris, Nikos Kouris, Youla Boudali, Kostas Nikouli, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Makis Papadimitriou, Karanfil Sena, Maria Skoula, Konstantina Takalou, Elena Topalidou, Penelope Tsilika and Yannis Tsortekis, to mention but a few.

We will also see actors in the director’s chair (Christos Karteris) and producers as co-scriptwriters (Christos K. Konstantakopoulos).


This year, which marks 26 years since its internationalization, the Festival will screen 36 films from 30 countries in total.


It will feature 11 international, 2 European, and 19 Greek premieres.

As the Head Programmer of the International Competition Manolis Melissourgos  points out, for the first time, there are 6 Greek films in the running for the International Competition, namely: As if underwater by Anthi Daoutaki, In her steps by Anastasia Kratidi, Τhe end of suffering (a proposal) by Jaqueline Lentzou, Goads by Iris Baglanea, Dive by Thimios Bakatakis and Premier amour by Haris Raftogiannis (France, Greece). Also competing is The parrot lady by Michalis Kalopaidis, from Cyprus.

Some additional surprises in this year’s programme:

  • Women creators outnumber their male counterparts for the first time. Out of the competing directors, 19 are women and 17 men.
  • Thimios Bakatakis is a renowned Cinematographer and a close associate of Yorgos Lanthimos (The killing of a sacred deer, The lobster, Dogtooth). He is participating in the 43rd DISFF with his first short film, Dive.
  • Hollywood actress Rusty Schwimmer (known for films such as Twister, The perfect storm, and North country) holds the starring role in the film Keep it quiet by Yaya (USA).
  • Two films distinguished at the 2019 Drama Pitching Lab are competing this year:  Wild child by Kaki Wong (Hong Kong,) and Under the same roof by Simeon Tsonchev (Bulgaria).
  • Lastly, the Drama Film Festival is honored to present, in a national first, Thanasis Neofotistos’ new film, Route 3 (Bosnia, Greece), which will be screened as part of the International section, out of competition.


22 films from 16 countries were chosen for the newly-launched, ambitious student competitionhttps://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/festival/international-student-competition/, including 3 Greek films: Violetta by Fivos Imellos (New York College), Rosa Kairo by Jacques Simha (Kapodistrian University Cultural Society Cinema Section), and The jar by Kyriakos Rontsis (Bournemouth Film School).

The participants are students from 21 cinema schools around the world, 12 of which are internationally renowned. The festival has secured 7 international premieres, 2 European, 4 Balkan, and 9 Greek.

The creation of this new programme aims to meet the need for local and International production of student short film, and is integrally linked to the Festival’s vision for the upcoming establishment the Film School in Drama.

Award-winning director Thanassis Neofotistos, who began his career at the Drama Film Festival, is the Head Programmer of the International Student Competition.


Oscar-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski will be in good company in the International Competition’s jury with actress Themis Bazaka, director Lefteris Charitos, author Lena Divani, and director Stergios Paschos.

Chairman of the National Competition jury is director Argyris Papadimitropoulos.

The other members are: actor Yannis Stankoglou, set and costume designer Alexia Theodoraki, director  Evi Kalogiropoulou, and actor Romanna Lobach.

In the newly-established International Student Competition, the jury consists of:  Journalist Aleandros Diakosavvas, directing duo Lida Vartzioti & Dimitris Tsakaleas, and screenwriter/director Alki Politi.

As a tribute to beloved set and costume designer Ioulia Stavridou, who was taken from us so unjustly, the Festival is naming a new award after her: Honorary Distinction for Costume Design “Ioulia Stavridou”. It will be accompanied by a cash award of €2,000 offered by Trianon Cinema.

Four new (monetary) prizes by the Greek Film Centre are added to the categories Golden Dionysos, screenplay, direction, and documentary.

Audience Awards are being introduced for the first time: Viewers will be able to actively take part in the selection of the film to receive the Audience Award in all three of the competition programmes, via the Festival’s online platform (Online Festival).

The “Dinos Katsouridis” award is reallocated to the International Student Competition to support participating Greeks and give incentive for their next project.

The “#ThisisEU – European Values” is awarded by the Delegation of the European Commission in Greece to the film selected by the International Jury of the Drama film festival. It goes to the film that promotes the European values, such as: liberty, equality, state of justice and respect for the human rights.

Finally, the urban non-profit company “Cyclops”, based in Drama, is sponsoring the Special Award for Environmental Sensitivity Environment & Climate Change, to the sum of €4,000 inInternational Competition.

For further information: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/news/


The Drama Festival continues to support the production of short films and coach new directors: As part of its educational platform DRAMA MINI TALENT LAB, this year it is organizing a Pitching Lab workshop to provide directors / producers with pitching techniques, while at the Pitching Forum, young directors and producers from all over the world will have the opportunity to present their project in a 5-minute pitch, to producers and potential sponsors. At the end of the Pitching Forum, participants will also have the opportunity to arrange individual meetings with interested producers or festival directors, for the potential promotion of their work.

The Pitching Forum will be conducted ONLINE, and exclusively in the English language.

The Pitching Forum will take place on Friday, September 25th, and will be open to the public via live streaming.

Finos Film is offering a monetary prize for the best plan, while Authorwave is offering post-production services.

The Pitching Lab has decided to accept 15 plans this year, as the online platform allows for wider participation. You can find the participating projects here: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/festival/pitching-lab/

Heading the Festival’s educational programme is director and instructor Barbara Dukas. She is accompanied by playwright Georgina Kakoudaki.


Cinematherapy with Pawel Pawlikovski: The renowned director will take part in an open discussion on his last film, “Cold war”, moderated in Drama by cinematherapist Denise Nikolakou.

The Drama Film Festival is hosting this project for the first time, aiming to highlight the psychotherapeutic effect a film can have on the viewer through cinematherapy (Friday 25/9, 16:00, Municipal Conservatory).

Screening of two programmes of short films shot during the restricting measures against the pandemic.

Enter in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation: Far from another quarantine diary, this is a series of original works created against the setting of the “here and now”. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, from Athens to Berlin, and from the village Karantinata of Kefalonia to London, artists from all over the world welcome us into their homes. Amongst them, Vasilis Kekatos, Yorgos Zois, and Efthymis Filippou.

Spaces 1 in collaboration with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Eight Greek directors were assigned by the Festival to shoot a short film inside their home, presenting their own cinematic commentary on the unprecedented situation we all experienced this past spring. The films are signed by: George Georgopoulos, Rinio Dragasaki, Zacharias Mavroidis, Minos Nikolakakis, Marianna Oikonomou, Stavros Pampallis, Syllas Tzoumerkas and Stavros Psyllakis.

Presentations of competing directors and open discussion with the public daily at the “Alexandros” Open-Air Cinema (12:00)

Short Matters 2020

Award-winning films of the European Film Academy’s film festival network nominated for the EFA 2019 Best European Short Film Award.

Focus on Animation https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/focusonanimation/. “Greek Animation, from education to professional production”. Online screening of Greek animation films through the festival’s online platform, curated by award-winning director and professor Spyros Siakas. In collaboration with the University of West Attica.

Events for children. “Film Education Courses”: The multi-faceted educational programme by NEANIKO PLANO is coming to Drama for a four-day film workshop for elementary students.

Fair Afternoons (21-25/9, “Alexandros” open-air cinema, 18:00) overseen and presented by author-journalist Pavlos Methenitis.

This year’s guests are Lena Divani and Dimitris Sofianopoulos, on account of their new books “Couples That Wrote the History of Greece” (Friday, 25/9), and “Many Years Later” (Thursday, 24/9), respectively.

Also presented: the anthology of short stories “100 words in 100 hours for Shedia” from Komotini, the proceeds of which will be donated to the monthly street magazine for the homeless “Shedia” (Thursday 24/9), as well as two books by Drama authors: “Irini of Drama” by Phaedon Patrikalakis who is no longer with us, and “Toso ithele to stithos” (poems) by Kalliopi Exarchou (Wednesday 23/9). The event begins on Tuesday 22/9 with the presentation of two important magazines: the Drama magazine of spoken word and art “DIODOS 66100” and the Magazine for Art and Life “MANDRAGORAS” (publisher: Costas Kremmidas). Selected guests will speak about the books – among them the Drama poet and lawyer Polina G. Bana.

Finally, this year’s winning films will be screened on Sunday, 27/9 at 18:00, at the Olympia Cinema.


At the opening ceremony of the 43rd Film Festival, the naming ceremony of the main hall of the Municipal Conservatory of Drama as “Antonis Papadopoulos Hall” will take place, in memory of the late director of the Festival, who passed away too soon last March.


Not only will we meet in Drama, but also in Athens, in October (8-14/10), seeing as this year’s Festival’s programme, the award-winning films of the International and select programmes, will be screened at the “Trianon” cinema.

The initiative “Drama Film Festival Travels” will go on to many more destinations. Last year the Festival’s Greek films travelled to 45 cities and 5 countries (and it would have been way more had the pandemic not thrown a wrench in it…)  spotlighting the dynamics of Greek cinema both inside and outside the Greek borders.

The Drama Film Festival is financed by the Ministry of Culture & Sports, the Municipality of Drama, and the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace.


A selection of images from every section can be found and downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h4kkvxvjqicokf3/AAAUmMFzAAO0L-2MFbRKf_H3a?dl=0


We extend our sincere thanks to the supporters and sponsors of the festival:

Greek Parliament
Ministry of Culture and Sports
Region of East Macedonia and Thrace
Municipality of Drama


ΤV5 Monde
Finos Film
Trianon Filmcenter
Εnjoy Fashion Point
The Katsouridis family


Greek Film Center
Creative Europe Media Greece
EKOME SA – National Centre of Audiovisual Media & Communication
European Film Academy
European Commission Delegation in Greece
Embassy of France & Consulate General of France in Thessaloniki
French Institute of Greece & French Institute in Thessaloniki
University of West Attica
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young people
Neaniko Plano
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Onassis Foundation – Stegi
Film Unions
Volunteer Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards Corp -Drama Regional Department
Wine Producers’ Association of Drama

Communication Sponsors:

ERT S.A. Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, ERT 3, Second Programme Radio Station, Kosmos Radio Station, The voice of Greece Radio Station, 102fm, 9,58, ERT Kavala & ERT Serres
ΤV5 Monde
Hellenic Parliament Television
Real FM Radio Station
Athens 9,84 Radio Station
Sto Kokkino – Thessaloniki Radio Station

Further Information:

info@dramafilmfestival.gr (Drama Film Festival Secretariat)
Drama Headquarters: tel. 25210 47575
Athens Headquarters: tel. 210 3300309

Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Argyris Papadimitropoulos is the Chairman of the jury at the 43rd Short Film Festival’s National Competition.

Known to the general public for his feature films Suntan, Wasted Youth, and Bank Bang,  as well as his bold, youthful and innovative perspective, he has been awarded for his work in Greek cinema, and he is active as a producer. In the past he had competed at the Drama Film Festival, to which he returns in a new post, one of great responsibility.

The Festival and the Artistic Directror, Yannis Sakaridis, are pleased to welcome him to Drama, trusting that his “fresh” eye will be of great benefit to new directors.

Below is a note from Argyris Papadimitropoulos:

“When I was still fantasizing about one day making movies, the Drama Film Festival seemed an elusive dream. This would give us the urge to and courage to dream of bigger festivals.

I visited as a student to see what went on in the world, later (twice) as a competing director, and a few more times as a producer, or as a filmmaker strolling around watching my friends’ films. Then came bigger journeys with my feature films, to more distant destinations, and for over ten years I did not board the train to Drama. This year I am returning to admire the creations of new directors, who will soon travel around the world, and I return as Chairman of the jury, in excellent company to be announced soon.

I wish the very best of luck to every new creator and to the new administration of the festival”.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos was born in Athens, and studied in Great Britain.

The first two short films he directed, Ekkremes (2003) and Tender (2004), were screened and honored in numerous festivals. His first feature film, Bank Bang (2009), was a commercial success in Greece (500,000 tickets), received positive reviews, and won Best First Film Director at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards. His next film, Wasted Youth (2011), opened the 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival and was screened at many others around the world (Toronto, Karlovy Vary etc). His latest film, Suntan (2016), which also premiered at Rotterdam, received several awards internationally (e.g. Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh IFF), and was nominated for the European Parliament’s Lux prize. He has got more than 300 advertisements under his belt as well as public service campaigns for Amnesty International, Action Aid, and others. He has produced important films of contemporary Greek cinema, such as  Boy eating the bird’s food and At home. At the moment, the director is in the post production stage of his first English-speaking film, entitled Monday, a romantic drama produced by Faliro House (Greece), Automatik Entertainment (USA), and DJ Films (UK).


As part of its pre-festival events, the Drama Film Festival will present the film Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, on Saturday, August 22 at the Alexandros Open-Air Cinema in Drama.

films that qualified

We are delighted to announce the films that were selected to compete in this year’s National Competition.

Out of l the 275 films initially submitted to the 43rd National Competition, 34 will compete.

In the words of the Artistic Director, Yannis Sakaridis: “It’s a tight and carefully selected programme, apt to current circumstances which demand flexibility, leaving all options open, including the screening of the Competition in our city’s new open-air cinema”.

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 Drama Film Festival’s Artistic Director, producer/director Yannis Sakaridis.

43rd National Short Film qualifying committee choices:

1. GOADS by Baglanea Iris, fiction, 15′
2. PASHKA by Lipe Oltjon, fiction, 22′
3. MARE NOSTRUM by Anagnostou Dimitris, fiction, 26′
4. HAPPY by Anastasopoulou Giouli, fiction, 8′
5. ISKIOMA by Gerampinis Kostas, fiction, 15′
6. PAINTING FOR THE MAIN BEDROOM by Doulis Ilias, experimental, 3′
7. VOUTA by Zahos Dimitris, fiction, 18′
8. TEO, MY NEIGHBOR by Karteris Christos, documentary, 14′
9. POSTCARDS FROM HELLINIKON by Katerinopoulou Aphroditi, fiction, 23′
10. SEVARAMBES by Kontos George, animation, 11′
11. FIAT LUX by Korakianitis Yorgos, fiction, 10′
12. Ηρώ /he.ro:/ by Koukias-Pantelis Alexis, fiction, 15′
13. OLD WEST by Kourti Despina, fiction, 18′
14. IN HER STEPS by Kratidi Anastasia, fiction, 24′
15. 54 / THE BLIND TURTLE AND THE ENDLESS SEA by Margara Isabella, fiction, 13′
16. MADONNA F64.0 by Markoulakis Stavros, fiction, 17′
17. BOURN by Moutsiakas Dimitris, fiction, 17′
18. WHEN I SMILE MY EYES CLOSE by Bolda Daniel, fiction, 17′
19. DAKAR by Moraitidis Stelios, fiction, 12′
20. HANSEL by Papageorgiou Vivian, fiction, 17′
21. ANAPAFSIS by Papagiannopoulos Dimitris, fiction, 17′
22. THE MEANING OF AUGUST by Papadakis Manos, fiction, 26′
23. MELATONIN by Pastras Nikos, fiction, 13′
24. BELLA by Petraki Thelyia, documentary, 24′
25. PREMIER AMOUR by Raftogiannis Haris, fiction, 15′
26. ANTIVIRUS by Sima Anastasia, fiction, 15′
27. HARMONICA MAN by Skouras Alexandros, fiction, 19′
28. THE WHEEL by Stefanakis Yannis, animation, 4′
29. QUALIA by Tatavlalis Thanasis, fiction, 17′
30. DEAR JOEL by Trouboukis Thanasis, documentary, 18′
31. ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET by Tsimpinis Thanasis, fiction, 17′
32. ANTHOLOGY OF A BUTTERFLY by Charamountanis Kostis, experimental, 7′
33. THE MOUSE STORY by Christides Miltiades, fiction, 15′
34. THE CALL by Psaras Marios, fiction, 10′