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

TiSFF is announcing the "INTIMATE International" a thematic shorts fest in May 2019.
*** 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
  • Cengiz Akaygün

    Great to be a part. Unfortunately I couldn't attend.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    GREAT !!! and we wish ;you could be with us.

  • Mr. Zahopoulos seems he love cinema. I think this the point when you want to organise film festivals.

    January 2019
  • Stephanos Minoglou

    Being part of TiSFF this year was a wonderful experience.

    The selection and curation of films was second to none, with many incredible short films screening one after the other. The screening quality was excellent and the location itself beautiful.

    Mr. Yannis Zachopoulos, the heart and soul of the festival was outstanding in every possibly way and it was a great pleasure to get to know him and talk to him, he really loves cinema and pours everything to make TiSFF a great experience for all. Can’t recommend this festival enough.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    a big big hug and eagerly waiting for your next film !

  • It was a pity that I could not be present at the festival.
    The film was received with great warmth and the communication of the artistic director Yiannis Zachopoulos was very careful.

    November 2018
  • Miltiades Christides

    I was notified through FilmFreeway that my film had been selected. However, I was never contacted again by the festival. My name or film was never in the final program and ultimately did not screen. The festival's organizers did not update their website or Facebook page until 2 days before the festival. Program and selection of films were announced just a few days before the festival. Such behaviour is disrespectful towards its filmmakers and audience. Very poor selection of films, horrible organization, and lack of communication. More than 5 films were awarded the same award which is confusing. Having come to contact with several filmmakers whose films were screened at the festival, I was informed to avoid it due to its lack of value.

    November 2018