TCI is an independent festival that showcases contemporary dance on screen works from around the world. As digital technology has made filmmaking means increasingly more accessible to independent producers, so has the genre of the dance film exploded in popularity and variety. New ways to capture, edit and process the movement of the body are being constantly developed in increasingly imaginative ways, through the collaboration not only of cinematographers, choreographers, and dancers, but also visual artists and animators, composers and writers. TCI aims to present novel approaches to how the ever-evolving cinematic medium can use dance, or, equivalently, how contemporary choreographers and performers can use image capture, to further the discourse of this artistic crossover.

Screenings take place at Vitruvian Thing, the acclaimed performing arts centre, situated in downtown Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, European cultural capital on 1997, and youth capital on 2014. With a metropolitan area population in excess of one million, the city has a rich artistic, multicultural history that resonates to this day. For the 7th season, the twin format of brick-and-mortar + online screenings is returning!

TCI, in its seventh year, is run by Die Wolke art group, a non-profit company for the performing arts and technologies. There is no thematic restriction, though the festival actively seeks works made in an imaginative manner and is particularly interested in works that defy genre and crossover in narrative or experimental territory.

The festival also aims to arrange short artist talks and Q&A sessions with directors and choreographers, as well as coordinate with local dance groups and schools, organise workshops, and more.

Since 2021, the festival also includes films in the VR 360° format.

TCI has press and communication support from the Film Office of the Region of Central Macedonia Administration.

Official website:
Previous selections can be found here, along with links to trailers or info websites.

Useful websites: - Die Wolke, the organiser - Vitruvian Thing, the event venue

- Selected films will receive an official selection laurel.
- Trailers will be collected and showcased online
- Some of the best films will be included in the TCI tour package, with screenings in many cities in Greece and guest participations in other film festivals

- Works must be accompanied by high resolution stills and a poster in portrait orientation.
- Maximum 18 minutes duration (this is not a hard limit — if in doubt, please ask)
- If selected, the film must be sent as a h264/h265 file at 15-25Mbps, in a Quicktime or .mp4 container.
- All dialogue or voice-overs must be accompanied by a English subtitle file in the srt format.
- Once submitted, the film cannot be withdrawn.
- Premiere status is not required, but films must not be publicly available on the internet.
- It is possible for films to be selected for the brick-and-mortar screenings only, the online version only, or both. All films are considered part of the official selection, but different criteria apply for the two formats.

The Filmmaker retains all copyright to his work and grants TCI permission to use small abstracts of the work for publicity purposes (e.g. trailer or other promotional video) that may be broadcast or uploaded online. The Filmmaker agrees that his/her film may be screened at TCI's touring initiatives, including guest TCI segments at other festivals. Selected films will always be notified.

The Filmmaker holds the Thessaloniki Cinedance International and its managing company Die Wolke art group non-profit company, and all people involved in the festival’s organisation, selection, and promotion process harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The Filmmaker certifies to have all pertinent rights and clearances, including, but not limited to, the right to use and sync any music used and the license to use and/or modify images under copyright and agrees to provide proof of licensing on request. The Filmmaker understands that the inclusion of the film to the festival in either the brick-and-mortar or online screenings is conditional on the accuracy and timeliness of supplied copyright information. The Filmmaker will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties. The Filmmaker is understood to indicate either the person or production company that is responsible for the distribution of the work and is liable for any copyright infringement.

By applying to the festival, the Filmmaker accepts all above conditions.

Overall Rating
  • It's a small, artist-run festival, with a wonderful team behind it. I'm glad to meet these guys. Technically the screenings had super high quality, and the organisation was fluent and well managed. This year TCI #6 happened only offline, there was no remote participation in the events, so it's a bit sad that not so many people saw the program in fact... at least I was expecting (hoping for) a larger audience both for the talks and for the screenings. But all in all I'm happy that I was a part of it.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the feedback Bernadett! We're happy to confirm that we're bringing back the online screenings for TCI #7!

  • Kathryn Cooley

    Everyone involved in the festival was amazing, especially Dani who couldn’t have made the process any easier for us! Brilliant festival and staff

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kathryn! It was a pleasure and an honour!

  • Richard James Allen

    Thank you for screening IMPOSSIBLE IMAGE at Thessaloniki Cinedance International. It's a film asking questions about how we move forward as a community and as a society, so what better place than a city with such a rich cultural and political heritage, and which was at one point declared as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle?

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for making such a thought-provoking work and sharing it with our audience!

  • We had a fantastic experience being part of the festival. Thank you for selecting our work!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!! Our best wishes from Thessaloniki!

  • The organisers are very involved and very professional. I went in person and was supported with help to organize my travels and stay. I felt warmly welcomed and included. One can feel the heart and passion of "Die Wolke Artgroup"

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Timo! It was a pleasure to have you with us! We tale your feedback into account to come back even better next season!