DRAMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is the major Greek Short Film Festival and one of the oldest short film festivals in the world!

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

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

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

*The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.

44th DRAMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
-12-18 September 2021-

(*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 44th Drama International Short Film Festival: International Competition will be held from 12th to the 18th September 2021, 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 from 2020 & 2021.
b) Each film must not exceed 45 minutes of runtime. DISFF reserves the right to accept longer films in exceptional cases.
c) Only one (1) film per director is accepted to the festival but the director has the right to submit more than one (1) film for consideration.
d) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
e) Production must have been completed after January 01, 2020.
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 (or 12 Dollars) per film.
For multiple submissions and waivers (*agencies, film centers, educational institutes) please contact us before the submission procedure at international@dramafilmfestival.gr. Payment is to be affected during the online submission. After the submission, there is no capability of refund.
c) Necessary 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.
• Optional: a Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.
d) Deadline of submission is the 31st May 2021.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the full festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As the Greek Premiere is required, no public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece is allowed before the end of the festival.
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.

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).

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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 44th Drama International Short film festival: International Student Competition (DISFF) will held from the 12th to the 18th of September 2021, in the city of Drama, in the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

2. Eligibility
a) Eligible are training & graduation Fiction, Documentary, Experimental and Animation Short Films completed from 2020 & 2021.
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) Only one (1) film per director is accepted.
e) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
f) Production must have been completed after January 01, 2020.
g) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
h) The film must have English subtitles.

3. Entry Procedure
a) The film should be submitted via https://filmfreeway.com/Dramafilmfestival
b) Submissions are free for Student Short Films.
c) Necessary 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.
• Optional: a Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.
d) Deadline of submission is the 15th June 2021.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the full festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As the Greek Premiere is required, no public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece is allowed before the end of the festival.
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.

4. Awards of Student Int’l Competition

Prizes are awarded to promote young talent. 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”.
- 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.

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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 44th Drama International Short Film Festival: National Competition will be held from 12th to the 18th September 2021, 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 from 2020 & 2021.
b) Each director may participate in the Festival with only one (1) film.
c) Only Greek Premieres are accepted.
d) Production must have been completed after January 01, 2020.
e) The final screening file must be available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
f) If the film has other language that of Greek, then must have English Subtitles.
g) The films must be of 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 & Cypriots filmmakers.
c) Necessary 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.
• Optional: a Synopsis, Photo of Director, Credits.
d) Deadline of submission is the 31st May 2021.
e) The submission of the film implies unconditional acceptance of the full festival’s regulations.
f) The DISFF reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
g) As the Greek Premiere is required, no public screening in cinema, festival, TV Channel, or online public platforms in Greece is allowed before the end of the festival.
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.

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) All awards and distinctions are awarded to the Director of the film, except for the Best Script Award (awarded to the scriptwriter).

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REQUESTED MATERIAL IN CASE OF SELECTION (*for all Competitions)

ai) The deadline for the shipment of the selected screening copies is the 20st of August 2021.
aii) The deadline for the shipment of the English Dialogue list and Catalogue materials (Stills, Posters, Trailer, etc.) is the 5th of July 2021.
b) A screening copy, subtitled in English, in one of the following accepted formats:
DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4.
c) A technical data sheet with all the necessary projection info.
d) Any film that will not meet this deadline will be excluded from the competition. Only high quality standard prints will be accepted.
e) The screening copies of the selected films should be sent digitally to the email:
info@dramafilmfestival.gr

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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 experts on cinema and the arts who are suggested to the Administrative Board by the Artistic Director, who also supervises their work.
d) The Final selection, programming and any change in them is proposed by the Artistic Director.
e) The film 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 in competition. 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 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
  • Fivos Imellos

    One of the greatest experiences of my life. I had the honor to be a part of the first Student Competition and I will never forget this festival. Enjoy the beautiful town and high quality films as a viewer or competitor! Congratulations to all of you.

    June 2021
  • Лина Асадуллина

    A very professional and prestigious film festival, with a strong program and an authoritative jury.

    October 2020
  • Unfortunately it was not possible to attend to the festival and the Covid made it least said unusual, but I virtually encountered lovely people with a genuine love for film and filmmakers!

    October 2020
  • Simeon Tsonchev

    Drama is one of the best festivals I've ever been! I'm very excited that the premiere of my film 'Under the same roof' was on #DISFF43. The quality of the screenings is amazing, the programme is very strong, the communication with the festival is smooth and the hospitality of the crew is simply amazing! Hope to come back again :)

    September 2020
  • Such a gorgous festival with a perfect organisation. A lot of movies and a very rich and high level selection. I had a fantastic festival !

    October 2019