2021 - year of TRANSITION

2021 is a milestone year for the global community, the cultural sector and especially the performing arts that have suffered from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Mill of Performing Arts festival is changing, developing and aspiring to track and capture the transition. How?

1. As a thematic axis of the festival's 8th edition, TRANSITION states our wish to research on the ways, frameworks, conditions, processes and collaborations that will allow the contemporary performing arts, the creators and the cultural sector in general to transit to the way-out, to the next day of post-covid-19 era.
2. Responding to the inevitable and swift redefinition of the relationship between the performing arts and the screen, and the ever-increasing production of such works, the festival devotes part of its program to screenings of films and videos that explore and deepen this relationship (Mill of Performing Arts ON SCREEN).
3. Together with Volos Festival and the Comedy Festival of Trikala, Mill of Performing Arts created a festival network in the region of Thessaly, in order to coordinate their activities, and pioneer a strategic partnership with a national impact.


The Mill of Performing Arts is an annual festival for the performing arts.
It takes place every year at the end of September, in Larissa (Greece), at the premises of the industrial monument “Mylos Pappa“, which includes scenes and stages of theatre, dance, music, puppetry and cinema, but also less conventional, indoor and outdoor spaces that can host performances, concerts, rehearsals, workshops, installations, exhibitions and all kind of cultural events.

The aim of the festival is to highlight the contemporary trends of the performing arts, to promote inclusivity, accessibility, artistic diversity and original creation and to bring artists and audiences into creative dialogue, turning challenges into opportunities.

The program of the festival includes theatre, dance, music, dance theatre, music theatre, performance art, contemporary circus, puppetry, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, installations, fine arts, photography, seminars, workshops, concerts, screenings, street arts, interactions, symposia etc.

Mill of Performing Arts was held for the first time in September 2014, as an initiative of SMouTh (Synergy of Music Theatre) which was embraced by the Mayoralty of Culture and Science of the Municipality of Larissa. Since 2016, the Mayoralty co-organises the festival together with SMouTh who is holding the artistic coordination. In 2018, in collaboration with the Greek National Opera, the festival hosted the national meeting of music theatre companies. Since 2017 a part of the festival is dedicated to the inclusion and accessibility, and in 2020 it was fully accessible.

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration, along with your acceptance of the following regulations.

Only films and videos related to performing arts, or exploring the relation of the performing arts with the screen will be considered.

Recorded and filmed live performances will not be considered.

All films and videos must not exceed 30 minutes.

All films and videos must have been made in or after 2019.

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

By submitting your film or video to Mill of Performing Arts annual festival, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience during the festival's 8th edition.

By submitting your film or video to Mill of Performing Arts annual festival, you agree that it will be considered to be screened in three different festivals, in three different cities, through the Thessaly Festival Network: Mill of Performing Arts (Larissa), Volos Festival and Comedy Festival of Trikala.

Inclusion and accessibility are a core value at Mill of Performing Arts. We encourage and support the use of accessibility tools, such as Closed Captions and Audio Description. Inclusive and accessible films and videos will have better chances of being selected.

Films and videos selected for screening will be notified via email.

Any technical issues with the submitted films or videos are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

We may promote clips from your film or video on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

We reserve the right to use excerpts of the selected films and videos for trailers and publicity usage.

We cannot provide refunds.

We will never sell your information to third parties.

We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Overall Rating
  • Claire Marshall

    Thank you for having my film in your festival and congratulations on such a great season.

    October 2021
  • Becuase of Covid I could not make it to the festival, but all the communaction was great.

    October 2021
  • Second Hand Dance

    So pleased that the audio described version of our film Insect Hands was part of the festival! Great that they have a focus on access and inclusion!

    October 2021
  • Iman Aoun

    Thank you for accepting our festival.

    October 2021
  • Marta Renzi

    Very pleased that my short DANCING IS AN OLD FRIEND was selected. I only wish I could have been there for the mini-tour of venues in Greece.

    October 2021