TiSFF / Day 21

Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival

20 Οκτ - 27 Οκτ 17:00




Isabella Margara, Greece

The two fishermen find a dolphin accidentally caught in their nets. The dolphin in its turn finds a fisherman drowning in the water. In this small Mediterranean village, an ancient myth unexpectedly comes to life.



Nans Laborde-Jourdàa, France


Fran is in his hometown to rest and visit his mother. Following the jerky rhythm of Bolero, this journey along the paths of memory and desire will lead him and the whole village to a joyfully chaotic climax.

Director Biography – Nans Laborde-Jourdàa

Director Biography – Nans Laborde-Jourdàa

Filmmaker and actor, Nans has acted in films under the direction of Sophie Fillières, Julie Lopez-Curval, Sébastien Téot. He owns with Margot Alexandre the company TORO TORO, writes and directs several shows. In 2018, he directed between Japan and France Looking for Reiko, a short film produced by Margaux Lorier. In 2021, he directed the short film Léo by night produced by Paraiso Production, selected in Clermont-Ferrand, FIFIB and pre-selected for the César 2023.



Vika Degteva, Russian Federation

Twenty-six-year-old Sima grew up in love and peace since childhood. She firmly believes in goodness and she will never refuse to help anyone in trouble. But one day, all her ideas about herself will turn upside down.

Director Biography – Stenzin Tankong

Director Biography – Vika Degteva

Vika Degteva was born in Moscow in 1994. Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the Russian State University for the Humanities. She has worked as an executive producer since 2018. In 2020, she entered the Moscow Film School for the directing course of A. Popogrebsky and P. Bardin. The first film of Vika is the short drama «You do Love Me!». It was shown at the festivals “Saint Anna” and the Moscow International Film Festival. The psychological thriller “Dark” is the second short film and the diploma film of the director.



Avril Besson, France

This morning, Marina has an appointment with Charlie to sell her a mattress. This evening, she will cancel her plane for Reunion. But they don’t know that yet.

Director Biography – Avril Besson

After a science degree, a literary preparatory class and a formation at CELSA, she joined the editing department of La Fémis in 2009. There, she edited numerous films, selected in international festivals. In writing, she approaches comedy as well as documentaries, directing several short films that she feels are experiments. Mördegal is the culmination of her work with the duo of actresses from her feature film project, Les Matins Merveilleux.



Zoey Cao, China

In search of inspiration for her script, a young Chinese student plunges into a tense yet subtle relationship: being a lover of a married French man in his fifties.


Director Biography – Zoey Cao

Zoey Cao (Her/They), Writer & Director, Film & Television Photography and Production major at Communication University of China. She is the screenwriter for the award-winning features DRIFTED IN LIFE and I’M THE HAPPIEST BABY IN THE WORLD. She also co-writes and shoots the feature film CHANG’E which entered multiple international film festivals and is currently on the largest streaming platform specializing in Chinese language indie films — CathayPlay. The short film PLAY HOUSE she wrote and directed in 2022 is the official selection of the Academy-qualifying Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and many other internationally acknowledged festivals. Her other accolades include the General Champion of the Selection of New Literary Talent by the Shanghai Writers Association and the first prize in the Shanghai Poetry Creation Competition.



Jean-Marie Villeneuve, France

Marc-Antoine, 35 years old, with an outdated appearance, one day sees a new neighbor arrive in the building opposite his home. Quickly, he begins to observe him. A few days later, Marc-Antoine discovers that Amélie, an unacknowledged high school sweetheart, is his girlfriend. Resembling this neighbor then becomes a real obsession.


Director Biography – Jean-Marie Villeneuve

Jean-Marie Villeneuve, director, is the author of a feature film TOUT EST FAUX released in theaters in September 2014. He has also directed several short films since the beginning of the 2010s including THE CREAM, AXN, AUTUMN, WHERE IS CHARLIE? which are multi-selected in international festivals. At the beginning of 2023, he finished his latest short LA REPRODUCTION with Franc Bruneau, produced by Sélénite Productions. In parallel with his activities as a filmmaker, he teaches cinema near Paris (France).



Cédric Prévost, France

After months of a long-distance relationship via a dating site, Thomas asks Marie, who lives on the other side of the country, to finally meet in person. But before that, she will make a shocking revelation for the young man.

Director Biography – Cédric Prévost

Cédric Prévost directed 7 short films before the latest one BUG. He also wrote 2 novels : “Trompe l’amour” (Editions Actes Sud – 2004, also published in Germany, South-Korea, Italy and Russia) & “Sain et sauf” (Editions Valat – 2000, Editions Babel – 2004). Since 2000, he is professor of drama at “Cours Florent” in Paris.



Nina Alexandraki, Greece

Full of desire, I accumulate sexual encounters with men. But between my desires and the reality of these nights, there is a gap. So, I write and I film.

TiSFF / Day 21
20 Οκτ - 27 Οκτ 17:00

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