Taratsa is an independent international short film festival based in Thessaloniki, Greece, organized by the cultural non-profit civil partnership 360 Degrees. It began in August 2014, as part of “Thessaloniki European Youth Capital”. Its purpose is to create a framework for the promotion of independent short films from Greece and all over the world -by bringing the audience closer to the production and establishing a place and time for the substantial interaction and artistic expression between the creators- as well as to present films that are considered benchmarks in the history of cinema.
Reclaiming of the Greek potential for cinematography and its promotion both within and outside the country's borders The creation of a wide European platform where creators can meet, interact and exchange ideas on cinema culture The further development of this effort where Thessaloniki, a city bursting with artistic creativity, will be its point of reference Implementation of cinema-related side projects throughout the year Networking with other festivals from around the world, as part of an extroversive dialog with cinema at its center point
Taratsa IFF Team
- George Manos
- Despoina Kaviri
- Sofia Topi
- Lazaros Allilomis
- George Mantzouranedes
- Michail Theodoridis
- Makis Ananiadis
George Manos has been a freelance photographer, cinematographer and producer since 2009, when he founded Creative Studios. Based in Thessaloniki Greece his work spans a wide variety of fields such as music video production, documentary video production, direction of photography for documentaries broadcasted by Cosmote History, wedding photography and cinematography, product and food photography etc. Since 2017 he participates in workshops as a tutor for media production in collaboration with Artecitya Thessaloniki by Goethe Institut Thessaloniki, the U.S. Consulate General of Thessaloniki, Municipality of Thessaloniki etc.
Despina Kavyri (Producer/Director) has been a filmmaker for the past 7 years, directing and producing short films, documentaries, commercials, Election Campaign spots, video clips and short documentaries. She graduated from the School of Film Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2010. After her graduation she got selected and participated cinema seminars all over Europe such as Four Corners Script Development Workshops and Sarajevo Talent Campus. She produced and directed her own short film which has been awarded in some of the most important film festivals in Europe. Additionally, she worked as a cinematographic tutor and seminar supervisor for children and adults in collaboration with public and private institutions (such as the U.S. Consulate General of Thessaloniki, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Stavros Niarchos Foundation). In 2014 she took a short break from filmmaking to earn her master's degree in Cultural Management with the Hellenic Open University. During the last years she have gained much experience working as a Cultural Producer. Specifically, she worked as a Public Relations & Communications Manager (Teloglion Foundation of Art in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), she was employed to be part of the Public Relations & Events Management team (Thessaloniki International Film Festival). She has also collaborated with theater groups and worked as an Executive Producer in theatrical performances for adults and children (Papalangki Theater Company). In 2015 she joined forces with Creative Studios where she is working as a producer and director for large scale live-streaming projects as well as a line producer in feature TV documentaries broadcasted by Cosmote TV.
Sofie was borned in Thessaloniki, where she studied Architecture in Aristotle University. She is an ambitious designer, highly interested in Concept Design, Creative Communication and Design Thinking. She has experience in the general field of design, management and communication, through her studies, her activities in various creative projects and her freelancing as a graphic designer. Currently, she is working as Senior Web Designer in Flipside Media (flipside.gr), while she maintains a strong involvement in cultural editing and writing (Creative Manager/Editor in Chief beater.gr). She declares an passionate knowledge explorer, willing to see and create more.
He lives in the most beautiful country of the world-Thessaloniki. Ambitious, with a particular interest in culture, passionate about what he does and always willing to see and learn more. He is experienced in the field of visual communication, online viewing and data management. He is one of those people, who goes from the first to a concert and ends up watching it with his back to the wall. He does not like hubbub. He does what he does, because he believes that, always, the good stuff should be promoted. He is currently working as Digital Marketing Executive in Fotone Advertising Agency, while he also deals with the management of Beater.gr, a cultural content website which he co-founded.
I was born in Athens, Greece in 1973. After my English Literature studies, I moved to Thessaloniki -Greece’s second largest city- where I work since 2003 as a senior copywriter, concept developer and agency planner in Fotone Advertising Agency. Besides my involvement with Taratsa Intl Film Festival, I am a member of the cultural company dot2dot (dot2dot.gr), an external freelancer partner (columnist & curator) of Mediaview Publishing (biscotto.gr), a producer at OFF Radio (offradio.gr) and the editor-in-chief for two TV shows: ERT3’s (ert.gr) Agria Ellada (Wild Greece) and TV100’s (fm100.gr) Neos – Places of worship in Thessaloniki.