Drama film festival will open its doors

A registry office for young directors is how Manos Efstratiadis, ET-1’s managing director, described this year’s Drama Short Film Festival. The festival, already in its 24th year, opens its doors on Sunday, September 16. This year’s honored guest is Giorgios Arvanitis, director of photography and a longtime collaborator of director Theodoros Angelopoulos. Arvanitis, who has worked on nearly 80 films, is the president of the jury in the Greek section of the festival, while on Wednesday, September 19, he will conduct a seminar for young cinematographers on the subject of Photography in Cinema. Once again, the Drama Short Film Festival has harvested a rich crop of films: There are 89 films participating in the International Festival – three of them Greek – while in the Greek section there are 26 films competing in the fiction section; five in the documentaries section; six in the student section and eight films in the newly established Greeks of the World section, which showcases the work of young Greek directors living and working abroad. This year’s international tributes are dedicated to short films from Argentina and Germany, with a variety of films from the beginning of the 20th century until today, including experimental films from the 1920s and films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Other tributes include classic European short documentaries; an exhibition of photography in collaboration with the Skopelos Photographic Center; and an exhibition of photos documenting social life in the city of Drama from the start of the 20th century to the 1960s. Sponsoring the event are ERT, the Greek Film Center, the European MEDIA program as well as Egnatia Odos. The Greek Film Center is producing or co-producing a number of short films, 28 in all. Also assisting short films and their directors is the Directors Association. Nijinsky tribute

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