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 fourth 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. In 2020, as a result of CoViD-related restrictions, the festival took place with limited audience, but also had an online, on-demand presence. For 2021, a similar, mixed format is expected.

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 have a production date of 2018 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 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
  • Very glad to be part of this dance festival! Good communication and organization. We missed a little bit more promotion on Facebook and Instagram with our tags.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Our sincere thanks for the kind words! As a small note regarding the tags, we struggled ever since the new Facebook layout came out, as most tagging (especially of profiles) became impossible to do from our pages, for reasons unknown. Regardless, congratulations for your excellent work, and rest assured that we're trying to work around the issue for the future.

  • Annemijn Rijk

    Beautiful line-up, well organized, great communication. I was glad to be part of it!

    October 2020
  • Lucia Folco

    Thank you Thessaloniki Cinedance International, great experience!

    October 2020
  • Hadi Moussally

    Great Festival and Selection with great communication! Thanks for the selection!

    October 2020
  • Hana Yamazaki

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

    October 2019