ABOUT DISFF

DRAMA International Short Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest short film festivals! For 45 years, filmmakers from around the world are connecting near the picturesque springs in the center city of Drama, in Greece. It’s the most important gathering place for the Greek filmmakers, who the last years are excelling at the international film festivals!

ABOUT FESTIVAL 2022

During the DISFF44, the festival took place both in a physical and an online version. The short film competition programs (National, International, Short and Green, Animation & Student), were presented in 4 Venues: at the “Olympia” Cinema, at the newly-renovated Open-Air Cinema “Alexandros”, at the Municipal Conservatory of Drama, and at the new Drive-In Cinema.

Online, the DISFF-Platform reached more than 230.0000 unique visits and in the 2020 highlight was the head-jury of the International Competition: the Polish Oscar winning director Pawel Pawlikowski!

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION
https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/submission/

● International Competition Awards ●
- THE GRAND PRIX
- BEST DIRECTING
- BEST "SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE" FILM AWARD
- BEST PRODUCTION AWARD “TV5 MONDE”
- BEST AUDIENCE AWARD
- FIPRESCI PRIZE awarded by members of the Fipresci Jury
-“HUMAN VALUES AWARD” awarded by the jury of the Greek Parliament

● National Competition Awards ●
- GOLDEN DIONYSOS (Best Film Award)
- SILVER DIONYSOS (Best Direction “Tonia Marketaki”)
- DOCUMENTARY AWARD
- BEST SCRIPT AWARD
- AUDIENCE AWARD
- DISTRIBUTION AWARD
- DRAMA QUEER AWARD
- BEST MALE ACTOR AWARD
- BEST FEMALE ACTOR AWARD
- SOUND DESIGN AWARD
- BEST EDITING AWARD
- PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
- ORIGINAL MUSIC AWARD
- COSTUME AWARD
- SCENOGRAPHY / PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARD
- MAKE-UP & HAIR AWARD
- SPECIAL COMMITTEE AWARD

● Student International Competition Awards ●
- GRAND PRIX STUDENT: “Almost Famous”
- SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “Rising Star”
- BEST NEWCOMER DIRECTOR: “Dinos Katsouridis”
- AUDIENCE AWARD

● Student National Competition Awards ●
- Best National Student Film Award "Frieda Liappa"
- Best Director
- Best Script
- Best Photography
- Best Sound/Music
- Best Editing
- Audience Award

*The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
** The Golden Dionysos, Silver Dionysos, Documentary, Audience and Queer awards are awarded to the Director of the film. The rest of the Awards are awarded to each artist (actor, photographer, editor etc.) It is expressly provided that awards may not be shared.

45th DRAMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
05 -11 September 2022
#DISFF45

(*for Student Int'l Competition & National Competition, check below.)

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● INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS ●

1. Intro
For the promotion of short films and the development of a spirit of friendship and co-operation among filmmakers from all over the world, the 45th Drama International Short Film Festival: International Competition will be held from the 5th to the 11th September 2022, in the city of Drama, the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

2. Eligibility
a) Eligible are fiction films, documentary films, animated films, experimental films completed in 2021 and 2022.
b) Each film must not exceed forty-five (45) minutes of runtime. DISFF reserves the right to accept longer films in exceptional cases.
c) Each director may participate in the Festival with only one (1) film, and shall declare the type of film (documentary, fiction, animation).
d) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
e) Films must have been completed no earlier than January 01, 2021.
f) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
g) The film must have English subtitles.

3. Entry Procedure
a) The film should be submitted via https://filmfreeway.com/Dramafilmfestival
b) Submission fee is 10 Euros (approx. 11,50 Dollars) per film.
For multiple submissions and waivers (*agents, film centers, educational institutes) please contact us before the submission procedure at international@dramafilmfestival.gr. Payment is to be affected during the online submission. All the submission fees are non-refundable.
c) Required material for the submission:
• The entry form duly filled.
• A preview screener uploaded through FilmFreeway’s online submission.
• One HD photo-still of the film.
• Synopsis, Photo of the Director, Credits

d) Deadline for the submission is 15th May 2022.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As a Greek Premiere is required, films that have previously had a public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece before the festival takes place, will not be accepted.
h) The film screener that will be submitted to the DISFF along with the entry form will remain with the archives of the Festival and will be available at its Market.
i) The pre-selection Committee may, in its sole discretion, approve one or more films submitted to the Present Competition Program, for their participation in other Programs in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation and in particular for the International Competition Programs: Short & Green and Animation, and for the (non-competition) Program: Cinematherapy Lab, provided that these films meet the general principles of this and the corresponding Competition program and after the consent of the candidates has been obtained.

4. Awards of International Competition
The Jury of the Festival consists of at least 5 members and awards the following Prizes:

- GRAND PRIX
- BEST DIRECTION
- BEST "SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE" FILM AWARD
- BEST PRODUCTION AWARD “TV5 MONDE”
- AUDIENCE AWARD

There are also the:
- FIPRESCI PRIZE awarded by a Fipresci Jury.
- “HUMAN VALUES AWARD” awarded by a special jury of the Hellenic Parliament.

a) The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
b) Each prize is awarded to a single film and cannot be awarded ex aequo.
c) Drama Int’l Short Film Festival is accredited as a member festival of the European Film Academy’s Short Film Program, presenting one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards (EFA).

* Materials of the films for the final screening should be submitted at latest by August 5, 2022 *
** See full regulations for materials required in case of selection **

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● STUDENT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS ●

1. Intro
For the promotion of short films and the development of a spirit of friendship and co-operation among filmmakers from all over the world, the 45th Drama International Short film festival: International Student Competition (DISFF) will held from the 05th to the 11th of September 2022, in the city of Drama, in the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

2. Eligibility
a) Eligible are training and graduation Fiction, Documentary, Experimental and Animation Short Films completed in 2021 and 2022.
b) Each institution may submit a maximum of 70 minutes of footage. Individual submissions can also be accepted this year.
c) Each film must not exceed 20 minutes of runtime. DISFF reserves the right to accept longer films in exceptional cases.
d) Each director may participate in the Festival with only one (1) film, and shall declare the type of film (documentary, fiction, animation)
e) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
f) Films must have been completed no earlier than January 01, 2021.
g) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
h) The film must have English subtitles.
i) Submission fee is 5 Euros (approx. 5,60 Dollars) per film.
For multiple submissions and waivers (*agencies, film centers, educational institutes) please contact us before the submission procedure at student@dramafilmfestival.gr. Payment is to be affected during the online submission. All the submission fees are non-refundable.

3. Entry Procedure
a) The film should be submitted via https://filmfreeway.com/Dramafilmfestival
b) Required Material of the submission:
• The entry form duly filled.
• A preview screener uploaded through FilmFreeway’s online submission.
• One HD photo-still of the film.
• A Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.
c) Deadline for the submission is the 15th May 2022.
d) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the festival’s regulations.
e) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
f) As a Greek Premiere is required, films that have previously had a public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece before the festival takes place, will not be accepted.
g) The film screener that will be submitted to the DISFF along with the entry form will remain with the archives of the Festival and will be available at its Market.
h) The pre-selection Committee may, in its sole discretion, approve one or more films submitted to the Present Competition Program, for their participation in other Programs in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation and in particular for the International Competition Programs: Short & Green and Animation, and for the (non-competition) Program: Cinematherapy Lab, provided that these films meet the general principles of this and the corresponding Competition program and after the consent of the candidates has been obtained.

4. Awards of Student Int’l Competition

Prizes are awarded to promote young talent. The international festival jury consists of at least 3 members and will decide on the prizes to be awarded:

- GRAND PRIX STUDENT: “Almost Famous”
- SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “Rising Star”
- SPECIAL AWARD FOR THE BEST NEWCOMER DIRECTOR: “Dinos Katsouridis”.

The following award shall be attributed to a Greek Film:
AUDIENCE AWARD

a) The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
b) Each prize is awarded to a single film and cannot be awarded ex aequo.

*Materials of the films for the final screening should be submitted at latest by August 5, 2022 *
** See full regulations for materials required in case of selection **
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● NATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS ●
● ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΤΙΚΟ ●
(*Για FilmFreeway) Για να διαβάσετε στα Ελληνικά τον Κανονισμό μπείτε εδώ: https://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/festival/greek-competition/ )

1. Intro
For the promotion of short films and the development of a spirit of friendship and co-operation among filmmakers from Greek Filmmakers from Greece and abroad, the 45th Drama International Short Film Festival: National Competition will be held from the 5th to the 11th September 2022, in the city of Drama, in the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

2. Eligibility
a) Eligible are Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, and Animation Short Films completed in 2021 and 2022.
b) Each director may participate at the Festival with only one (1) film.
c) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
d) Production must have been completed after January 1st, 2021.
e) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
f) If the film's dialogues are not in the Greek language, English Subtitles must be submitted.
g) The films must be of a Greek production or co-production, and the directors must be Greek or Cypriot.

3. Entry Procedure
a) The film should be submitted via https://filmfreeway.com/Dramafilmfestival
b) Submissions are free for Greek and Cypriot filmmakers.
c) Required Material for the submission:
• The entry form duly filled.
• A preview screener uploaded through FilmFreeway’s online submission.
• One HD photo-still of the film.
• A Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.
d) Deadline for the submission is the 15th May 2022.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As a Greek Premiere is required, films that have previously had a public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece before the festival takes place, will not be accepted.
h) The film screener that will be submitted to the DISFF along with the entry form will remain with the archives of the Festival and will be available in its Market.
i) The pre-selection Committee may, in its sole discretion, approve one or more films submitted to the Present Competition Program, for their participation in other Programs in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation and in particular for the International Competition Programs: Short & Green and Animation, and for the (non-competition) Program: Cinematherapy Lab, provided that these films meet the general principles of this and the corresponding Competition program and after the consent of the candidates has been obtained.

4. Awards of National Competition
The Jury of the Festival consists of at least 5 members and awards the following Prizes:

- GOLDEN DIONYSOS (Best Film Award)
- SILVER DIONYSOS (Best Direction “Tonia Marketaki” Award)
- DOCUMENTARY AWARD
- BEST SCRIPT AWARD
- DRAMA QUEER AWARD
- AUDIENCE AWARD

a) The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
b) Each prize is awarded to a single film and cannot be awarded ex aequo.
c) The following awards shall be attributed and may be accompanied by a monetary award, in case of sponsorships.
d) The Golden Dionysos, Silver Dionysos, Documentary, Audience and Queer awards are awarded to the Director of the film. The rest of the Awards are awarded to each artist (actor, photographer, editor etc.) It is expressly provided that awards may not be shared.
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REQUESTED MATERIAL IN CASE OF SELECTION (*for all Competitions)

After the selection of films, the director/producer shall submit by the 25th of June 2022 the following:

Catalogue Material

a. Information related to the film: contributors, summary, director’s CV and filmography in Greek and in English
b. If the original language of the film is not Greek, a list of dialogues of the film in Greek must also be submitted. Otherwise, the film must be subtitled in Greek.
c. At least one (1) photograph of the film and one (1) of the director.
d. The declaration - license and guarantees of the author and / or producer of and / or rightholder over the film, as provided in Annex I hereof, signed.

Screening Material

Materials of the films for the final screening should be submitted by August 5, 2022.
The DCP for the cinematic screening and the other material described below must have been submitted or sent for reception to the offices of the Festival in Athens (Emm. Benaki 71, 10681 Athens) by August 5, 2022 and by 17.00 GMT+2. The following material shall be submitted:
a) Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in one of the following acceptable formats:
-DCP subtitled in English or Greek for films in a language different than Greek.
-Apple ProRes, subtitled in English or Greek for films in a language different than Greek.
-H264 subtitled in English or Greek for films in a language different than Greek.
-MPEG4, subtitled in English or Greek for films in a language different than Greek.
b) For the online screening on the platform of the Festival are additionally required:
-One (1) downloadable vimeo link, a film poster and a trailer.
-One (1) mp4 file of the final version of the film, subtitled in English or Greek for films in a language different than Greek, for the Film Market, as further defined in term VI hereof.
c) Signed statements of final technical check by the technical manager of the film and the director.
d) The screening copies of the selected films should be sent digitally to the email:
info@dramafilmfestival.gr

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ANIMATION | SHORT & GREEN (*for all Competitions)
2 new international competition programs have been announced:
● Animation
● Short & Green

General Principles similar to the main Competition programs apply. Please read the full regulations for further information.

The pre-selection Committee may, in its sole discretion, approve one or more films submitted to the International/ Student/ National Competition Program, for their participation in other Programs in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation and in particular for the International Competition Programs: Short & Green and Animation, and for the (non-competition) Program: Cinematherapy Lab, provided that these films meet the general principles of this and the corresponding Competition program and after the consent of the candidates has been obtained.

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Cinematherapy Lab

The Cultural Organisation may organize in Drama, from the 5th to the 11th of September 2022, the Cinematherapy Lab, during the Drama Short Film Festival. Three (3) or four (4) films that have been submitted to participate in the National Competition programe may be selected to be screened and further discussed and analyzed.

To be eligible for participation, films shall meet the following conditions:
B.a. Greek Premiere is required for the submission of films to the National Competition. Therefore, prior public performance, screening, broadcasting or rebroadcasting of their works to the public by radio and television by any means to the public in Greece or on-demand access in any way before or during the days of the Festival is not allowed. The presentation of the film shall be deemed to be public when the film becomes accessible to a circle of persons wider than the narrow circle of the family and the immediate social circle of the author, regardless of whether the persons of this wider circle are at the same or at different locations.
B.b. Films shall be completed within the years 2021 or 2022.
B.c. The DCP to be screened at the Festival shall be available in one of the formats provided for in this Regulation for a film screening and in one of the formats provided for in this Regulation for online screening.
B.d. Each director may participate in the Festival with only one (1) film.
B.e. Eligible film genres for participation: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental.
B.g. Films that have participated and were rejected by the Preliminary Committee may not be re-submitted.

• For the participation at Cinematherapy, no separate application is submitted. Films for this non-competitive section are selected from the Head of the section, upon the proposal of the Head of competitive programs.
• Application: Entry Procedure and Material
• Material: should be sent by the director or the producer, as defined in the National Competition.
• Awards: The Cultural Organization may upon its discretion announce awards for this category.

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ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΣΠΟΥΔΑΣΤΙΚΟ

Διοργανώνεται από 5 έως 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2022, στην Δράμα το ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΣΠΟΥΔΑΣΤΙΚΟ ΦΕΣΤΙΒΑΛ ΤΑΙΝΙΩΝ ΜΙΚΡΟΥ ΜΗΚΟΥΣ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ.

Οι ταινίες που θα συμμετέχουν στο διαγωνισμό του Εθνικού Σπουδαστικού Φεστιβάλ Ταινιών Μικρού Μήκους Δράμας πρέπει να πληρούν τις εξής προϋποθέσεις:

α. Για την υποβολή ταινιών στο εθνικό φεστιβάλ απαιτείται Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα
β. Να έχουν ολοκληρωθεί εντός του έτους 2021 ή 2022
γ. Η τελική κόπια που θα προβληθεί στο Φεστιβάλ να είναι διαθέσιμη σε ένα από τα format που προβλέπονται στον παρόντα Κανονισμό για την κινηματογραφική προβολή, και σε ένα από τα format που προβλέπονται στον παρόντα Κανονισμό για την διαδικτυακή προβολή
δ. Κάθε κινηματογραφική σχολή συμμετέχει με όσες συμμετοχές επιθυμεί και ο κάθε σκηνοθέτης έχει δικαίωμα συμμετοχής στο Φεστιβάλ με μια (1) μόνο ταινία
ε. Αποδεκτά είδη: ταινίες μυθοπλασίας, ταινίες τεκμηρίωσης, ταινίες κινουμένων σχεδίων, πειραματικές
στ .Δεν δύναται να κατατεθεί ταινία εάν έχει ήδη περάσει από διαδικασία πρόκρισης στο Φεστιβάλ Δράμας στο παρελθόν και έχει απορριφθεί.

Η αίτηση συμμετοχής και ένα ψηφιακό αντίγραφο της ταινίας υποβάλλονται μέσω της ιστοσελίδας www.filmfreeway.com μέχρι τις 31 Μαΐου 2022.

Διαδικασία και υλικό αίτησης συμμετοχής
Ο σκηνοθέτης ή παραγωγός οφείλει να αποστείλει έως την 31η Μαΐου 2022. τα ακόλουθα:

α. Την αίτηση συμπληρωμένη σε όλα τα υποχρεωτικά πεδία.
β. Τη δήλωση – παροχή άδειας και εγγυήσεων από την Κινηματογραφική σχολή ή τον Παραγωγό, όπως προβλέπεται στο Παράρτημα Ι του παρόντος
γ. Ένα μη δημόσιο link της ταινίας για την προεπιλογή (secure/ password protected link με δυνατότητα κατεβάσματος/download, το οποίο να είναι διαθέσιμο ως την ανακοίνωση των αποτελεσμάτων της προκριματικής διαδικασίας).
δ. Εάν η πρωτότυπη γλώσσα της ταινίας δεν είναι ελληνική, θα πρέπει να παραδοθεί μαζί με το παραπάνω υλικό λίστα διαλόγων της ταινίας στα ελληνικά ή η ταινία να είναι υποτιτλισμένη στα ελληνικά.
ε. Μία (1) τουλάχιστον φωτογραφία της ταινίας σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή (300dpi).

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GENERAL TERMS (*for all Competitions)

a) The Artistic Director of DISFF reserves the right to compile the Festival's program and implement changes wherever necessary.
b) The submitter is responsible for clearing rights and permissions concerning each submission. The festival holds no liability.
c) The pre-selection of the films is made by a group of professionals of cinema and/or the artistic/ cultural sector who are suggested to the Administrative Board by the Artistic Director, who also supervises their work.
d) The Final selection, programming, and any changes are proposed by the Artistic Director.
e) The film's screener remains with the Festival’s Film Market.
f) The Festival reserves the right to digitize the submitted films for the needs of the Film Market and its Archive.
g) Film excerpts that might be broadcast on television or the internet should not exceed the duration of 3 minutes or 10% of the total running time of the film.
h) The Festival reserves the right to publish film information, including the contact info of the director and the producer.
i) Hospitality: The festival aims to invite one director or representative of each film that have been selected to be part of DISFF In Competition Program. Hotel accommodation and daily meals are provided. These provisions are subject to change without prior notice, due to budget controls. Personalized information will be provided upon selection.
j) Transportation costs for preview material and prints submitted to the competition program shall be covered by the applicant. The Festival will undertake the costs of returning and securing the films as long as they are in the possession of the Festival.
k) In case of loss or damage under the Festival’s liability, the Festival undertakes the cost of making a new copy of that film.
l) Films that have participated and/or been rejected by the Committee before, may not be submitted again.
m) Any dispute concerning the present regulations will be judged and settled by the President of the Festival.
n) Any legal disputes can only be settled by the local Legal Courts of Drama.
o) The languages of the festival are English and Greek.
p) *”Greek Premiere” means: prior public performance, screening, internet, broadcasting or rebroadcasting of works-films to the public by radio and television by any means to the public in Greece or on-demand access in any way before or during the days of the Festival is not allowed. The presentation of the film shall be deemed to be public when the film becomes accessible to a circle of persons wider than the narrow circle of the family and the immediate social circle of the author, regardless of whether the persons of this wider circle are at the same or at different locations.

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Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Oriol Barberà Masats

    Great festival, great picks and a fantastic team!

    October 2021
  • Prem Prasad Adhikary

    I had amazing experience. Happy to be part of the festival

    October 2021
  • Scott Teng

    Thanks for the DISFF that attaches much importance to student films and sincerely inviting us to screen "The Rooftop."
    Even if we can only participate online in the end, it's still a great experience.

    October 2021
  • Radiator IP Sales

    Great festival, made by great people!

    September 2021
  • NewBorn Short Film Agency

    DISFF is the biggest short film festival in Greece and we were glad to have our short films in their competitions for another year.
    Thank you, until next year!

    September 2021