22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


France, 2022: 79 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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A young director desperate for success accepts help from a former film stuntman so that he can finish his film on time. Blinded by his thirst for recognition, the young man fails to see that he is playing a risky game with a man who, under the guise of great sympathy, reveals himself to be increasingly unstable and dangerous.

STÉPHANE is a strange found footage experience, somewhere between a cringe comedy, a meta movie and a realistic nightmare.

Beyond Fest 2022

A writer, director, and occasional actor, Timothée Hochet began at the age of fourteen on Dailymotion in 2009. In 2011, he gained recognition on YouTube by staging himself in humorous podcasts before gradually abandoning the front of the camera to concentrate on directing and writing. In 2015 joined Studio Bagel and in 2016, he published the short film CALLS on his YouTube channel. In 2018, Apple U.S. announced an American adaptation with StudioCanal; the first agreement between the American giant and a European series. The launch took place simultaneously on Apple TV and CANAL+ in March 2021. STEPHANE (2022), co-directed by Lucas Pastor, is his first feature film.

A writer, director and actor, Lucas Pastor made his debuts posting humorous and offbeat videos on YouTube in the early 2010. At that time, his passion for video was still new, but slowly his interest in image and comedy took over his other activities and led him in 2013 to the door of YouTube channel’ creators “Le Monde à l’envers”, with whom he made his first acclaimed appearances in TV Shows parodies. In parallel with his acting projects, Lucas started building his career as a writer, collaborating with Cyprien - a famous French YouTube creator - on his animated series ROGER AND HIS HUMANS. In 2020, he wrote two episodes of the last chapter of CALLS, broadcast on CANAL + and created by his great friend Timothée Hochet, with whom he co-wrote and co-directed a year later STÉPHANE (2022), his first feature film.

press for Stéphane

"Great performances and writing keep this unique take on found footage engaging."

screened with a short film


In The Dark


Narrative / Comedy / Thriller / Suspense / First Feature

French | English Subtitles
79 minutes


Timothée Hochet
Lucas Pastor

Vanessa Brias
Monsieur Poulpe

Lucas Pastor
Bastien Garcia
Eva Gregorieff