24th International Short Film Festival in Drama

From Sept. 17, 2018 until Sept. 22, 2018


1. 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 24th International Short Film Festival in Drama will be held from the 17th to the 22nd of September 2018, in the city of Drama, in the district of Macedonia, Northern Greece.

2. Fiction, documentary and animation short films may participate, as long as:
a) Their production has been completed after January 1, 2017.
b) Their final print of screening is available in DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4
c) Their running time does not exceed 35 minutes (The Selection Committee reserves the right to accept longer films in exceptional cases).
d) Only one film per director is accepted

3. Entry Procedure
a) The entry form along with the film screener should be submitted via by 30 th April 2018.
Submission fee is 10 Euros per film. For multiple submissions and waivers (agencies, film centers, educational institutes) please contact us before the submission procedure at .
Payment is to be effected during the online submission. After the submission, there is no capability of refund.

b) Requested material
  An entry form duly filled in and a preview screener uploaded through Reelport’s online submission platform
 One photograph of the film. (format: jpeg or tiff 300*300dpi)
 One photograph of the director. (format: jpeg or tiff 300*300dpi)
 A complete dialogue list of the film in English, in digital copy.
 Director’s biography and filmography, mentioning international title and year of production.

c) Submission of the entry form to the International Short Film Festival in Drama implies unconditional acceptance of these regulations. The Festival reserves the right to invite short films out of the above procedure in special cases.
The film screener that will be submitted to the Festival along with the entry form will remain with the archives of the Festival and will be available in its Market.

4. Preselection Procedure
 The preselection 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.

5. Selection
The Final selection, programming and any change in them is proposed by the Artistic Director.
The deadline for the shipment of the selected screening copies is the 3 rd of September 2018.
a) The screening copies of the selected films should be sent to
 a1. International Short Film Festival in Drama, Em. Benaki 71, 10681, Athens, Greece, +30 210 3300309
 a2. International Short Film Festival in Drama, Agias Varvaras 9, 66100 Drama, Greece, +30 25210 47575.
Requested material:
i) A screening copy, subtitled in English, in one of the following accepted formats: DCP, Apple ProRes 422, h264 or MPEG4
ii) A technical data sheet with all the necessary projection info.
b) Any film that will not meet this deadline will be excluded from the competition.
Only high quality standard prints will be accepted.
c) The Festival will return all screening copies within thirty days after the end of the Festival, to the address specified by the director or producer at least 10 days before the expiry of the shipment deadline.
d) The Festival covers the return shipment, not including extra costs and tariffs to the shipping country.

6. Awards
The Jury of the Festival consists of at least 5 members and awards the following Prizes:
The Jury may also award other honorary distinctions for specific artistic achievements.
There are also
FIPRESCI PRIZE awarded by Fipresci Jury
“HUMAN VALUES AWARD” awarded by special jury of the Greek Parliament.
Each prize is awarded to a single film and cannot be awarded ex aequo.
International Short Film Festival in Drama is accredited as member festival of the European Film Academy’s Short Film Initiative, assuring direct nomination of the Prix EFA- Drama to European Film Academy’s Awards.

7. 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.

8. General Terms
a) The Artistic Director of the Festival 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 film screener remains with the Festival’s Film Market.
d) The Festival reserves the right to digitize the submitted films for the needs of the Film Market and its Archive.
e) Film excerpts that might be broadcast on television or the internet should not exceed duration of 3 minutes or 10% of the total running time of the film.
f) The Festival reserves the right to publish film information, including the contact info of the director and the producer.
g) 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.
h) In case of loss or damage under the Festival’s liability, the Festival undertakes the cost of making a new copy of that film.
i) Any dispute concerning the present regulations will be judged and settled by the President of the Festival.
j) Any legal disputes can only be settled by the local Legal Courts of Drama.


International Competition

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 1978

The Short Film Festival in Drama (Northern Greece) was first held in 1978, on the initiative of the local film club of the city of Drama. From the very beginning, the response of filmmakers, as well as the public, was enthusiastic. A few years later, the Festival was adopted by the Municipality of Drama and then, in the mid-eighties, by the Greek State.
The evolving of the Festival proved that a pressing need had existed for a forum of the short film as an independent form of artistic expression, establishing the Festival within the world of cinema but also among the public, as a showcase for short films.
In 1995 the Short Film Festival in Drama inaugurated its International Competition and in 2001 the European Film Academy accredited it as a member festival of the Short Film Initiative, ensuring the direct nomination of the Prix EFA- Drama in the European Film Academy’s Awards. The Fipresci and TV5 Monde are also among the Festival’s awards supporters.
Besides its competition sections, the Festival in Drama has developed a series of activities in the field of education, culture & art, thus encouraging co-operation and co-production , with the Drama Mini Talent Lab and its Pitching Forum being the highlight.
The warm hospitality of the people of Drama, who embraced the Festival from its very inception, the friendly ambience and the contact among artists from all over the world, all contribute to the creation of a unique atmosphere, where fun and festivity is vital.
The 40th Greek Short Film Festival in Drama and the 23rd international Short Film Festival in Drama will be held from the 18th to the 23rd September in the city of Drama, northern Greece.


Manolis Melissourgos - International Programme Coordinator
+30 2103300818


International Short Film Festival in Drama
Em. Benaki 71
10681 Athens