*** notice to ALL "selected" films...
The Judging Committee of THESS INTERNATIONAL, are more than happy to congratulate you for being "selected" to participate in our 2019 program, to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece, Oct. 17 to 20.
Please send as soon as possible to azacinema@gmail.com a H264 mp4 file of your film, not over 3Gb and definitely with embedded english subs trailer, HD poster.
sincere thanks,

... all about creative imagination in cinema,
....with deep love and respect for human & cinematic values
....from our 2018 edition
* 4 films short-listed for OSCARS 2019
* 9 films short-listed for CESAR 2019

TiSFF is happy to announce the new "INTIMATE International" a thematic shorts fest that will take place in parallel with TiSFF 2019, October 17-20 /

*** SUBMIT by June 31 to https://filmfreeway.com/thessfest (indicate "for INTIMATE")

“INTIMATE international” festival will have cutting-edge films,
exploring…relationships, love, intimacy, romance, sensuality…the need to “connect” .

INTIMATE Internationall targets to bring attention to the audience by not shying away from intimacy and sensuality on screen. Intimacy and sensuality is one of the few subjects that still can perturb an audience, whether it is depicted graphically or merely suggested. Unlike laughter or fear, excitement somehow does not feel like it should be a communal experience.
INTIMATE hopes to bring down this barrier, Bringing together different generations to watch beautiful and challenging films from all over the world, creatIng a special kinship that emerges within viewers.

"a daring, risk-taking, boundary-pushing curating that discovers new and showcases established film artists, all of whom precipitate the collapse of social prejudices and prefabricated notions of what the body, the city, gender, emotions, future or even art is".
Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos 2018

"TiSFF is an amazing festival, unlike any other! True excellence in programmation, the selection is dense and coherent, obviously driven and compiled with the most profound love and care for human and cinematic values... I was struck by the sensitive and sometimes bold way in which the films respond and echo each other throughout the various programs. Nicolas Graux ...

"TiSFF is a festival for purists and film lovers.
It has the best selection of films of any festival we have attended.
I watched over 50 of the best short films at TiSFF 2016".
Dejan Mrkic , director of SILENCE /U.K.

It always struck me how audacious the program of TISFF was.
Something I profoundly admire as pushing boundaries is exactly what art and here more specifically, short films should be all about....people start to realize getting selected for TiSFF means a lot, even more so than for other Oscar Qualifying or big name short film festivals... what TISFF stands for: giving a voice to people who might one day change the landscape of Cinema.
Wim Vanacker, director & Head of NISI MASA

The quality of the films presented was extremely impressive, which made me even more proud of being part of the game…The creativity of the films chosen was fantastic. And the way films were combined to provide some amazing programs was clever and sensitive.
Patrick Guedj www.patrickguedj.fr

..priceless !!!, when visiting directors from Paris, Brussels, Moscow, London, Denmark,Serbia, Kosovo, Istanbul, write words as the above !

TiSFF takes place since 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece and is highly focused on cutting-edge shorts cinema that indeed advance the art of cinema.

Shorts initially screened in TiSFF have reached prestigious festival as nominees and very often winners, CEZAR awards, OSCARS, EFA etc. etc.

*** attention: English subs are required even if dialogues are in english.

Cinematic Achievement Awards
..."As I work with many European Film Professionals as NISI MASA’s Head of the Script Department, it’s something I notice over and over again, how TISFF is growing and gaining importance as people start to realize getting selected for TISFF means a lot, even more so than for other Oscar Qualifying or big name short film festivals as in Yiannis and his vision of Cinema we trust"
Wim Vanacker, awarded director and Head of NISI MASA

ALL films MUST have embedded ENGLISH SUBTITLES ***
(even if dialog is in english)


**** "Semi-Finalist" indicates "short-listed", not a final selection for the program.

Final selections are affected by total screening hours available for the festival.

Film duration of 35min. maximum

TiSFF reserves the right to select films and organize "best of TiSFF" or "TiSFF focus" programs in other venues withing and out of Thessaloniki.
This is of definite advantage to all directors as it extends the audience and the appreciation of the director's cinematic work !

Overall Rating
  • Valentina Tziali

    it was great, everything was good

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    thanks, Valentina....worth the 10 month preparation if you enjoyed !

  • Manuel Marmier

    From the very begining the communication with the festival was good.
    Unfortunatly I couldn't attend to the festival, and I didn't present my work to the audience as I would have loved it.
    I hope the film received a good welcome.
    I wish all my best to the festival team, and once again thank you for selecting my film, I'm very happy it has been screened in the TiSFF.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    thanks very much, Manu....everybody liked and applauded your film...waiting for you next gem

  • Laurent Louis-De Wandeleer

    Very nice communication with the boss of TiSFF. I was very glad that my film was part of it :)

    October 2019
  • Anastasia Sima

    Α fantastic festival! Very warm team, nice location, great atmosphere and hospitality, superb selection of films. Yiannis Zachopoulos and his team marry successfully high profesionalism and true love for movies and filmmakers. They all welcomed us in the warmest way. I highly recommend TiSFF! Thank you!

    October 2019
  • Fantastic festival! Everything was perfect and very professional! I'm honored that "The Funeral Dancer" got to be part of this wonderful festival! Thank you!

    October 2019