The 37th International Short Film Festival in Drama came to an end yesterday. Featuring 38 movies in the Greek competition sector and 58 in the international pool, the Drama Film Festival was a week-long gathering point for young film artists from Greece and across the world.
The award ceremony lasted three hours, taking place in the standing-room-only Municipal Conservatory of Drama. The judging committee – Giorgos Tsemberopoulos, Dimitris Athanitis, Katerina Marangoudaki, Yiannis Sakaridis – were in unanimous agreement to award the “Golden Dionysus” to Thanassis Neofotistos for “Prosefhi” (“The Prayer”), a film that explores school bullying.
According to the committee, the young director skillfully melded photography, sound and editing together, to shed light on a key issue of adolescence.
“This award gives me the strength to continue creating,” said Neofotistos after receiving the Golden Dionysus. He went on to dedicate his achievement to the colleagues who helped and supported him during the film’s creation.
The “Silver Dionysus” was awarded to Konstantinos Samaras for his “Three Eggholders Almost Four,” a “charming film with excellent performances and aesthetics.”
The Best Female Performance prize was awarded to Marissa Triandafyllidou for her role in “Walk,” directed by Stella Kyriakopoulou. The Best Male Performance went to to Alkis Panagiotidis for “Eviva,” directed by Dimitris Nakos and Amerissa Basta.
Sotiris Dounoukos’ “A Single Body” won the “Greeks of the World-Socrates Dimitriadis” award. The Best Student Film was awarded to Aliki Souma for “Jennings Lodge.” Harris Lagkousis won the Best Newcomer Director award for his “Maasai.”
The ceremony was attended by Greek Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Angela Gerekou, who expressed great appreciation for the films, impressive attendance record and overall success of this year’s festival.
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