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 second 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. From the second season, the festival has the support of the Thessaloniki Film School, part of the city's Aristotle University.

Official website:

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

1st season programme:

- 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 2016 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 must be accompanied by a English subtitle file in the srt or vtt format (no hard-printed subtitles), so that we can facilitate translations.
- 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 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
  • A highly professional, well organized and communicative festival! Thank you so much! We can't wait to send you some new shorts from Warsaw Film School, for the next festival edition. Keep up the amazing work!

    March 2019
  • Rain Kencana

    Thanks !
    It wa an honor to be part of your festival !
    All my best


    October 2018
  • A serious effort in video dance! People absolutely love this thing and provide the best possible conditions for the screening of the films. Also very close to the filmmakers! Honored to participate!

    October 2018
  • elya Kohn Moriya Matityahu

    the communication was fluent and very pleasant. producers and organisers had amazingly treated every chosen work and creator
    personally and with great respect and appreciation. unfortunately I could not attend the festival but I have no doubt it was a wonderful event.

    October 2018
  • Janessa Clark

    What a wonderful dance film festival! I cannot say enough good things about the TCI team (Dani and Drosia). I was fortunate enough to attend the festival, meet the organizers, and also give a short talk about my dance film. The venue is intimate, welcoming and beautifully maintained. Perfect for screenings. The city of Thessaloniki also has so much to offer in terms of arts and culture. I was lucky to be able to spend time with the audience after my screenings and interact with other filmmakers. Please apply, you will not regret it!

    October 2018