The 22 selected films from the initial 700 applications for the International Student Program of the 43rd Drama International Short Film Festival

The applications for the newly-established International Student Programme of the 43rd Film Festival in Drama reached 700, a number that reveals the dynamics of student film.

22 films from 16 countries were chosen– including 3 Greek films. Of the 22 competing directors, 12 are men, 9 are women, and 1 is gender non-conforming.

They 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.

According to the International Student Programme, Thanassis Noefotistos:

 “this year’s programme comprises films that inspired us, gave us a very relieving feeling of creative envy, and which we would love to see reach the festival’s audience”.

Among the 700 films we received for the International Student Competition, there were numerous interesting short films, many more than we could choose from. This made our job more difficult, on the one hand, but gave us great joy, on the other, to see commendable film from students who have something to say, and are trying to forge a distinct cinematic voice. We are reassured that as long as there are people like these students, who feel the need to tell their stories, cinema will prevail- even in the most adverse of circumstances”.       



  1. Violetta by Fivos Imellos, Fiction, 15’, GREECE – New York College
  2. Rosa Kairo by Jacques Simha, Fiction, 14’, GREECE Kapodistrian University’s Cultural Society’s Cinema Section
  3. The Jar by Kyriakos Rontsis, Fiction, 10’, GREECE/UK – Bournemouth Film School (AUB)
  4. The Best Orchestra in the World by Henning Backhaus, Fiction, 14’, AUSTRIA – Film Academy Vienna (UMDK)
  5. Sun Dog by Dorian Jespers, Fiction, 19’, BELGIUM – Royal Academy of Fine Arts / University College Ghent (KASK)
  6. In the Eye of the Beholder by Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola and Jan-David Bolt, Documentary, 8’, SWITZERLAND – Zurich University of the Arts / Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
  7. 22:47 Linie 34 by Michael Karrer, Fiction, 10’ SWITZERLAND – Zurich University of the Arts / Department of Performing Arts and Film (ZHdK)
  8. Fire Report by Katarína Jonisová, Documentary, 15’, SLOVAKIA – Academy of Performing Arts / Film and Television Faculty (VSMU)
  9. Fine by Maya Yadlin, Fiction, 9’, ISRAEL – Minshar School of Art
  10. Illusion Bleue by Tea Tannoury, Fiction, 15’, LEBANON / PALESTINE – Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU)
  11. Last Day by Szu-Wei Chen, Fiction, 11’, USA – Columbia University
  12. Patron Saint by Georden West, Experimental, 8’, USA – Emerson College
  13. Ghazaal by Ragini Bhasin, Fiction, 15’, USA – Aotearoa Short Film Lab in New Zealand
  14. A Mess at Apartment 14 by Radu Barbu, Fiction, 15’, ROMANIA – UNATC, I.L.CARAGIALE
  15. Development by Nikola Vučinić, 21’, Fiction, MONTENEGRO – Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica and Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje
  16. Under the Heavens by Gustavo Milan, Fiction, 17’, BRAZIL – New York University (NYU) /Tisch
  17. Austral Fever by Thomas Woodroffe, Fiction, 21’, CHILE – University of Chile’s Institute of Communications and Image / Demre Universidad de Chile
  18. The Insect Women by An Doyeoung, Fiction, 16’, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – Suwon University Film Department
  19. My Fat Arse and I by Yelyzaveta Pysmak, Animation, 10’, POLAND – Polish National Film School Lodz (PWSF TViT)
  20. Something by Kasia Babicz, Fiction, 14’, POLAND – Warshaw Film School BA
  21. The Same Skin by Nina Hopf, Experimental, 5’, GERMANY- B.F.A., Bauhaus-University, Weimar
  22. Senescence by Phoebe Morrison, Animation, 4’, UK – UCA University for the Creative Arts

Information: (Drama International Short Film Festival Secretariat)
Drama Premises: Tel: (+30) 25210 47575
Athens Premises: Tel: (+30) 210 3300309

International Student Program

One of the most talented young Greek filmmakers, Thanasis Neofotistos, awarded for several of his short films (among which Greek School Prayer and Patision Avenue) takes over as the head programmer of the new ambitious International Student Competition Program of Drama International Short Film Festival.

New International Student Program Head Programmer: Thanasis Neofotistos

The new student section is initiated by the artistic director of Drama International Short Film Festival Yannis Sakaridis.

We very much encourage film schools and students from all over the world to follow through with their applications.

Application deadline: June 19, 2020.

Τhe International Student Competition is a brand new initiative and one of the most promising programmes of the DISFF. Film Schools from around the world and Greece will participate. It’s an ambitious project aiming to underline the outwardness of the Festival in Drama and goes hand in hand with the outwardness characterising Greek cinema over the last ten years.

The International Student Competition, as well as the upcoming establishment of the Film School in Drama will form an educational background for Cinema. This will offer participants the opportunity to be exposed to one of the major ways in which the Film Industry functions today.

Besides, the new festival aims to be a forum for young talented filmmakers – the future of cinema, to show their work and, hopefully, it will give rise to new film trends. Last but not least, this new department will offer the Drama International Short Film Festival a further enhance its status as asset in its fair claim for a place as one of the leading Short Film Festivals in Europe.

This programme aims at promoting the Greek production of student films within a distinct international context. It will take place along with the National, and the International Competitions of the 43rd Drama International Short Film Festival from 20th to 26th September 2020.


“My participation in Drama International Film Festival as the Head Programmer of the newly-founded International Student Competition is a very personal challenge!

Back, in 2014, with my thesis film GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER I won the “Golden Dionysus” award for best film in Drama Film Festival. This offered me a great beginning and gave me the strength to continue doing what I love most in this world; filmmaking. Therefore, I know very well how important it is for a student filmmaker to be given the chance to present his work in an important film festival. For me this is the best first step for someone to understand the way the film industry works nowadays.

On the other hand, I envision for the program to be international, because, from my personal experience that I have gained through my next short films (PATISION AVENUE, ROUTE-3, etc), I understand the importance that the knowhow of film networking has. Especially in an extremely competitive but also very hospitable worldwide environment looking for new, meaningful artistic voices.

These thoughts will be my guide, towards a modern, artistically competitive and educationally useful International Student Competition program. A program that will help the students to come in touch with the life after their film school, but at the same time will highlight their raw artistic view with the freshness that this can bring.”


Thanasis NeofotistosThanasis Neofotistos is a Film Director, Writer & Architect from Greece. Berlinale Talents alumnus. His short film, PATISION AVENUE (13’-2018), premiered at 75th Venice Film Festival, won 3 awards at 41st Clermont-Ferrand 2019 (Canal+, Jury, EFA) and is a 2019 Festival-Hit with more than 100 film festival selections. ROUTE-3, his latest film, world-premiered at 44th TIFF Toronto 2019 and then again in 42nd Clermont-Ferrand 2020. GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER (20’-2014) was his successful thesis (“Golden Dionysus” Best Greek short film of 37th DISFF 2014 & over 50 IFF), and SPARKLING CANDLES (9’-2019) is his LGBTQI+ super cute queer short film that premiered at the legendary 43rd Frameline IFF. He is now in the financing stage of his debut feature film, which he envisions as his personal coming-of-age Greek tragedy; THE BOY WITH THE LIGHT-BLUE EYES and he is in development stage of his next feature film project, WILD BOARS.

*For further information:
Tel. +30 25210 47575 (Drama)
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