Thessaloniki Documentary Festival kicks off


The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival kicks off on Thursday (June 24) and will be held until July 4 at nine open-air cinemas in Thessaloniki, two pop-up screens at the city's port, and also online.

This so-called 'hybrid' festival offers cinema goers a total of 92 films, while home viewers can access 142 films from the festival's catalogue online. This year’s festival presents 151 documentaries from across the world, including 78 Greek productions of which 8 will enter an international competition, also to be held during the festival.

Opening the festival, and screened at the port, is a musical documentary titled "Tina" by Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin, which explores the life and work of megastar singer Tina Turner.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) is the first in Europe introducing a new section devoted to the presentation of podcasts, exploring relations of this contemporary audio genre with the art of cinema. A podcasts competition will be held too, including 23 Greek-language and English-language podcasts, an off-competition section with 13 Greek-language podcasts, and a special podcasting section with two podcasts from the US and Denmark. Special podcasts created during the festival will also be presented.

TDF is supported by the Ministry of Culture & Sports, the Central Macedonia Region and the municipality of Thessaloniki, among several other public and private entities.

Tickets for the cinema screenings go on sale on Tuesday June 22 at and, while tickets for online access will be available at

A detailed program in English is available at