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37th International Film Festival in Drama, 2014
9 September 2014
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From 15 to 20 September 2014, the 37th International Film Festival in Drama opens its gates to welcome once more films, participants and guests, from Greece’s emerging talents to tinernational filmmakers.

This year the festival will screen 204 films throughout its programmes (National and International Competition) and pre-festival events.

The festival will welcome its guests and participants with an opening night were three important Greek filmmakers, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos (President of the National Competition) and Tassos Psarras will have tributes to their films.

In the National Competition Section, 38 out of 165 films submitted were selected – 2 documentaries and 5 animation films, beside the fiction ones.

With themes varying from unemployment, poverty and homelessness, this year’s National Competition films focus on interpersonal relations, loneliness and many social topics happening -or not- in today’s Greece. According to Antonis Papadopoulos, Drama’s Artisitc Director, “short film has an ‘immediate return’ potential, it needs less time to be completed, capturing the reality out there. Thus, Drama’s screen becomes  the highly -or less- realistic mirror image of our society. […] In the recent years, we see a highly increasing synergy from the Greek filmmakers, multiplying the indie productions but replacing the professional team with volunteer work.

In the 37th International Film Festival in Drama’s movies we also find many Greek popular actors: Thanassis Papageorgiou, Errikos Litsis, Dimitra Hatoupi, Alkis Panagiotidis, Dimitris Piatas, Giorgos Kotanidis, along with filmmakers Syllas Tzoumerkas and Nikos Karathanos.

National Competition

Sailor by Gabriel Tzafka, Denmark, 2014, 15’ (Greeks of the world)

Home by Mandy Sotiriou, 2014, 4’ 

Jennings Lodge by Aliki Souma, 2013, 11’

Eviva by Dimitris Nakos and Amerissa Basta, 2014, 16’

Number 26 by Melitini Baltatzi and Sevastianos Ntzokas, 2014, 3’ 

Stairs by Anastasia Baliou, 2014, 6’

Each Other by Alexandra Michailidou-Tzaridou, 2013, 18’ (Greeks of the world)

The Immortalizer by Marios Piperidis, 2013, 22’ (Greeks of the world)

Lullaby Of The Butterfly by Tonia Misiali, 2014, 20’ (Greeks of the world)

Α Portrait by Aristotelis Maragkos, 2014, 2’

For Eternity by Maria Lafi, 2014, 7’

The Guitable Kiss of Mr. Patokos by Evaggelos  Alexandros Apostolakis, 2013, 5΄

Maasai by Harry Lagoussis, 2014, 16’

Walk by Stella Kyriakopoulou, 2014, 15’

Hills Like White Elephants by Yiorgos Koutsaliaris, 2014, 33’ 

Melea by Christos Karabelas, 2014, 11’

A Single Body by Sotiris Dounoukos, 2013, 19’ (Greeks of the world)

Hear Me Out by Andronikos-Konstantinos Dimopoulos, 2014, 25’

Now I Wake Up With The Sun by Kostas Gounaris, 2014, 10’

Spectrum by Dimitris Gkotsis, 2014, 12’ (Greeks of the world)

Pass by Lambros Georgopoulos, 2013, 7’

O+ (Omicron Plus) by Michalis Georgiadis, 2013, 12’ (Greeks of the world)

The Noir Project by Gregory Vardarinos, 2014, 26’

Dinner For Few by Nassos Vakalis, 2014, 10’

4 films of the National also compete in the International section: The Noir Project by Gregory Vardarinos, Three Eggholders Almost Four by Konstantinos Samaras, Maasai by Harry Lagoussis and The Immortaliser by Marios Piperides from Cyprus. 

The Jury to award the films consists of great filmmakers and professionals from the Greek film industry: Director, producer and scriptwriter Yorgos Tsemberopoulos (President of the Jury), director Dimitris Athanitis, film critic Giannis Zouboulakis, DoP Katerina Maragoudaki and director Yannis Sakaridis. Writer and film critic Dimitris Haritos is going to be the Grand Temoin.

Beside National and International Competition, each year Drama Short Film Festival organises events and tributes – a Special Program with the films nominated for the European Film Academy Awards 2013, a tribute to Polish short films, workshops for kids and teachers, projections and other.

On the other hand, what makes Drama FF a big and famous short film festival, is it’s International Competition Section. 20 years after its first presentation of international short films the festival will screen 58 films from 47 countries around the world.

Among filmmakers participating, there are two distinguished names. James McTeigue, director of V for Vendetta, with his short Caserta Palace Dream, and Milcho Manchevski, screening the film Thursday. Also, Oscar short film winner Claude Rosec.

Balkan film and co-productions of International Competition

Lust by Irena Jukic Pranjic, Croatia, 2014, 7’

Hairs by Eleonora Veninova, F.Y.R.O.M, 2013, 21’

Luminita by Andre Marques, Portugal/Romania, 2013, 20’

Becoming by Andrei Sopon, Romania/UK, 2013, 5’

Springtime Suns by Stefan Ivancic, Serbia, 2013, 23’

The Right Of Love by Barbara Zemljic, Slovenia, 2013, 17’

Swing by Nazan Kesal, Turkey, 2013, 12’

Lighthouse Woman by Ana Kitanova, Bulgaria, 2014, 20’

The professionals composing the the 20th International Competition Jury are the Dean of Norwegian Film School, Professor and producer Thomas Stenderup (President of the Jury) from Norway, Gerald Weber of Six Pack Films from Austria, Cypriot director and producer Ioakim Mylonas, director and Professor Tzortzina Kakoudaki and Sebian director Miroslav Momcilovic. In the Grand Temoin part, writer, film historian and scriptwriter from Romania Manuela Cernat.

As part of its training platform Drama Mini Talent Lab, Drama FF will hold a workshop of audiovisual projects with producers and financiers. In an open to the audience Pitching Forum on the 19th of September, the best projects will be presented to producers.

For those not attending the festival, the 37th International Film Festival in Drama will travel, again, to diferent cities across Greece, including Athens. From 22 to 29 October there will be screenings of the complete National Competition, the awarded films and selected sections (the awarded films of the European Film Academy among them).

  Lullaby Of The Butterfly
  Greek School Prayer
  The Noir Project
  Now i wake up with the sun
  Drag me: an urban music tale
  Dinner for few
  For Eternity
  Hills like white elephants
  The Immortalizer
  Lighthouse Woman
  The Right to Love
  Springtime Suns
  Jennings Lodge
  5 Ways 2 Die
  Each Other
  Above and Beyond
  A Portrait
  A Single Body
  Eleni Liosion 5A
  Hear me out
  O+ (omicron plus)
  Τhe Old Curiosity Shop on Kjaer Street
  When a Song Begins
  Number 26
  The Guilable Kiss of Mr. Patokos
  Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
  Nikos Panagiotopoulos
  Dimitris Athanitis
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Errikos Litsis
  Nikos Karathanos
  Dimitra Chatoupi
  Maria Lafi
  Yannis Sakaridis
  Nassos Vakalis
  Thanassis Papageorgiou
  Tassos Psarras
  Ioannis Soldatos
  Dimitris Piatas
  Katerina Maragoudaki
  Alkis Panagiotidis
  Nazan Kesal
  Milcho Manchevski
  Miroslav Momcilovic
  Antonis Papadopoulos (III)
  Barbara Zemljic
  Amerissa Basta
  Marios Piperides
  Thanasis Neofotistos
  Tonia Mishiali
  Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis
  Stefan Ivancic
  Dimitris Gkotsis
  Gregory Vardarinos
  Costas Gounaris
  Anastasia Baliou
  Lampros Georgopoulos
  Nikos Kellis
  Mandy Sotiriou
  Vaggelis Serfas
  Yiorgos Koutsaliaris
  Harry Lagoussis
  Eleonora Veninova
  Ana Kitanova
  Andre Marques
  Irena Jukic Pranjic
  Andrei Sopon
  Christos Karabelas
  Stella Kyriakopoulou
  Aliki Souma
  Spiros Skandalos
  Daina Papadaki
  Alexandra Michailidou-Tzaridou
  Sotiris Dounoukos
  Anita Chamilou
  Aristotelis Maragkos
  Gabriel Tzafka
  Andronikos-Konstantinos Dimopoulos
  Christos Gkotsis
  Orfeas Peretzis
  Dimitris Papathanasis
  Aspa Siokou
  Michalis Georgiadis
  Yiannis Pothos
  Melitini Baltatzi
  Evaggelos Alexandros Apostolakis
  Sevastianos Ntzokas
  Short Film Festival in Drama 2014 Pitching Lab
  Drama FF - Pitching Lab Workshop Final Projects
  Short Film Festival Drama 2014 - The Awards
  European Film Academy (EFA)
  International Film Festival in Drama Promo 2014
  International Film Festival in Drama
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