TCI is an independent festival aiming to showcase 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.

TCI, in its third 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.

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

CoViD-19 update: The pandemic situation has disrupted virtually all events worldwide, festivals or otherwise. We are taking measures to ensure that the festival will indeed be held, conforming to any requirements regarding attendance; for example, if we are required to reduce the seating, we can increase the number of screenings based on ticket demand. We will also introduce a modern, well-organised online segment, including on-demand and/or live streaming. While we wait the virus out, we are building on the likely limitations to ensure the best TCI yet.

- 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.

- Works must have a production date of 2017 and later.
- Works must be accompanied by high resolution stills and optionally a poster
- Maximum 18 minutes duration (this is not a hard limit — if in doubt, please ask)
- If selected, the film must be sent as a ProRes file at HD resolution, or as an h264/h265 file at 25Mbps minimum, in a Quicktime or .mp4 container.
- All dialogue or voice-overs should 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.

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. 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
  • Hana Yamazaki

    Thank you for showing our film there! I really appreciate the publicity you have given to the film!

    October 2019
  • Sofía Castro

    Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the festival. However, the communication with the team was excellent, they were always very warm and made an excellent design job!

    October 2019
  • aleksandra machnik

    Great Festival and communication with the team

    October 2019
  • I was really happy I could finally travel to Thessaloniki and attend the festival!
    All video works presented were of a high quality and interesting to watch, felt honoured to see our work been screened at TCI!
    Hospitality and communication were great, during the festival but also before (e-mails were clear and friendly!)
    I am happy I met these guys (Drosia and Dani), and hope to meet again somehow!

    October 2019
  • Marta Renzi

    Very personable, sincere and prompt communication with the team at TCI in the run-up to the festival. They make us faraway filmmakers feel a little closer with their emails and social media posts. Next time my work is accepted I hope to review TCI from a front row seat!

    October 2019