Drama Pitching Lab 2024

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
02/09/2024 - 08/09/2024
Drama, Greece
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Event Description

As part of the in house Educational Platform DRAMA LAB, every year the Drama International Film Festival organizes a Pitching Lab Workshop and a Pitching Forum, to provide pitching techniques to directors/producers.Young filmmakers, scriptwriters, and producers from all over the world will participate in training sessions and learn how to present their project to producers and secure potential funding.

Moreover, the workshop aims to provide participants with the basic knowledge and working tools useful for developing an original idea into a script and furthermore towards realizing an authentic short film of any genre (fiction, animation, doc e.t.c.). At the end of the workshop participants are given the opportunity to present their ideas during the Pitching Forum Session, to a group of experts, producers and festival directors (5΄ presentation time).

Members of the Forum Committee will quiz each participant after their presentation, asking them critical questions about their project. (5’ Q&A ).
Participants are also given the opportunity to arrange one to one meetings with potential financiers to help them raise funds for their project.

2024 Call for Entries

The workshop is open to all aspiring directors, producers and/or screenwriters from all over the world. The workshop will be held entirely in English. 

PITCHING Workshop for short film projects (short fiction or animation up to 20΄/documentaries up to 30′),

The Pitching Forum will be held on Saturday the 7th of September 2024 with the participation of financiers, producers, festival directors and other experts.
Presentation time for each project 5΄ / Q&A time 5 ‘

• Synopsis up to 200 words
• Project description up to 500 words ( a logline of up to 50 words should be included)
• CVs of the project creative team (author/writer, director & producer) up to 200 words each.

• Audiovisual material at the discretion of each candidate i.e. photos, small teaser, music, color palette, location material, casting and more generally anything that can help in understanding the idea behind the project.
• A complete script is not necessary at this stage

A selection committee composed by members of the Educational Team of DISFF will select ten projects.
Additional attention will be paid to international projects that will select Greece as part of the project or for the location of their shooting.

Where and When?
The workshop includes 3 online sessions (mandatory), in dates and times that will be announced, and will take place in the interim between the 20 – 31 of August 2024, and a four-day workshop (in person), during the Drama International Short Film Festival from 3 to 6 of September 2024. The participants’ presence at the workshop and forum is mandatory.

Participation will occur following the health protocols in force at the time of the workshop. These protocols will be communicated to the participants before the beginning of the workshop.


  •  Finos Film- Cash prize
  • GFC – Cash prize contribution in the production
  • Mentorship Awards: Development/script doctoring sessions in selected projects
  • Send all the submission material by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All information and requirements must be included in a single pdf file named after the title of the project.
  • Registration is free of charge
  • Deadline: 25 April 2024

2020 Event Coverage

Selected Projects:

1. LAUGHTER CLUB, Llewellyn Michael Bates, Screenwriter & Producer – AUSTRALIA
2. BAJO EL ÁRBOL, Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez / Felix Klee, Screenwriter / Director – MEXICO / GERMANY
3. THE CAGE WITHIN A CAGE, Onur Kök, Director – TURKEY
4. ART, NUCLEAR ENERGY AND A LOVE OF BUGS, Friederike Lorenz, Screenwriter & Director – GERMANY
5. MY GRANDMOTHER’S SISTER, Eleni Kavouki / Maria Tzortzatou, Screenwriter / Director – GREECE
6. THE VERY BIZARRE STORY OF AN UNOFFICIAL FAMILY, Salamis Ayşegül Şentuğ / FehmiÖztürk, Screenwriter / Director – CYPRUS
7. SIPHONOPHORE, Samuel Sultana / Stephanie Sant, Screenwriter / Director – FRANCE / MALTA
8. MAGDALENA HAUZEN:DIE UNBEWEGLICHE ZEIT, Yannis Karpouzis, Screenwriter & Director – GREECE
9. A GENTLE MOTH, Eric Peh Ha, Screenwriter & Director – CHINA
10. HONEYMOON, Alkis Papastathopoulos, Screenwriter / Director – GREECE
11. THE WALKING WAY, Vangelis Liberopoulos, Screenwriter & Director GREECE
12. THE BLACK BOX, Christos Asteriou / Konstantinos Fragkoulis, Screenwriter & Director – GREECE
13. CLOUDY WATER, Iakovos Panagopoulos / Konstantinos Karakostas, Screenwriter / Director – GREECE
14. DEEP END, Vera Pirogova, Screenwriter / Director – RUSSIA
15. THE TENDER SHOP, Eirini Karagkiozidou, Screenwriter / Director – GREECE

2019 Event Coverage

– Finos Film PLA to Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua and Matthew Allen for the project “The Broken Key” (USA).
– Greek Film Center PLA to Marta Gonzalez De La Vega for the project “The Valdomeros” (Spain).
– Authorwave PLA prize for Post Production Services (DCP) by Authorwave. to Kaki Wong for the project “The Wild Child” (Hong-Kong/China).


Event Dates

  • From 02/09/2024 to 08/09/2024



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