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The 16th Olympia International Film Festival along with the 13th Camera Zizanio
29 November 2013
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The 16th edition of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People will be held in Pyrgos, Amaliada, Lechaina, Gastouni and other cities of Ilia Prefecture from November 30 to December 13, 2013. Competition programs will be held from 30/11/2013 to 7/12/2013. Screenings and events will also be held in the other two prefectures of the Western Greece, Achaia and Etoloakarnania Districts (Patras, Aegion, Messologhi). The Olympia Festival presents films by professional filmmakers, dealing with childhood and adolescence.

The 13th edition of the European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio is taking place in parallel with the Olympia Festival. 150 films from all the European countries participate in Camera Zizanio. Compared to last year, more films participate in the Greek section, i.e. 185 films by 175 schools from all over Greece. Moreover, 30 films will be screened in the international panorama section and in special screenings.

In the competition section of the 16th Olympia Festival, professional fiction, documentary and animation films will be screened – 13 feature and 48 short films, from 44 countries.
60 more films will be screened for tributes and other side events.

Film tributes
- “Young European Creation on tour”, animation films, with no dialogues, for children aged 6 to 11, in collaboration with the French film festival Cine Jeune.
- Rainbow (Rights against intolerance building open – minded world), a program on diversity and self-identification of young people, useful for educators, in collaboration with the European Children’ s Film Association - ECFA.
- “Children in the films of Francois Truffaut”, four educational films about childhood, by the eminent and most representative French filmmaker of the Nouvelle Vague, in collaboration with the Cinema Museum – Film Archive in Thessaloniki
- “Zoom in European Children’ s Films”, films on ecology, family, economic crisis, human relations, school environment etc.
- “War as seen by children”, a memory tribute to 63 young people, aged 14 to 25, from the Refugee Camp in Patras, who were executed by the Nazis on September 4, 1943, in collaboration with the Pan-Minor Asian Association of Achaia and suburbs.

The screenings will be held in the 14 following cinema halls and auditoriums:
1. Pyrgos: Apollo Municipal Theatre, Vice-Prefecture Conference Hall of Ilia, Municipal Auditorium in Kouvelos, Orpheas Cineplex (3 cinema halls)
2. Patras: Pan-Minor Asian Association of Achaia Auditorium 
3. Aegion: Apollo Municipal Theatre
4. Messologhi: Trikoupeion Auditorium
5. Amalias: Cine Cinema (two cinema halls)
6. Lechaina: “Astron” Municipal Cinema Hall
7. Gastouni: Kourvisaneio Auditorium
8. Zacharo: Primary School Auditorium

All the films focus on childhood and youth, and are consistent with the principles of UNICEF and UNESCO about cinema for children and young people, the most important of which are the following: 
- Are inspired by love for People, Life and Nature.
- Are promoting critical and creational thinking of young people.
- Are helping the mutual understanding of people from different cultures.
Any films promoting violence, racism, war and sexism are excluded.

The Olympia Festival, honouring those principles, is an equal member of CIFEJ (Centre International du Film pour l’ Enfance et la Jeunesse) and ECFA
(European Children’ s Film Associaton).

For the competition program of the 16th Olympia Festival and the program of the 13th Camera Zizanio, there will be respectively international adult juries, and also children juries, which will award their own prizes.

In the same time, the following side events will take place:
- workshops of filmmaking, editing, screenwriting, photography, animation
- newspaper Zizanio, an everyday edition published by children
- Radio Zizanio, an everyday local radio emission held by children
- Zizanio Live, an everyday, 6-hour internet newsfeed with festival events and interviews, produced by children
- Daily News, an everyday 5-minute screening, screened before the last slot of the competition section of the festival, produced by children
- book presentations and meetings between recognized writers and pupils
- music and theatre plays
- special film tributes
- in the framework of the project “Lessons in the dark”, the best films for children and young people in history will be held, and also classic, fiction, documentary and animation films.

The Festival is financed by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Western Greece District. It is also supported by and collaborates with the Municipality of Pyrgos, the Greek Film Centre, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Hellenic Director’s Guild, the Technical Institute of Western Greece, the Municipal Community Service (DIKEPA), the Film Club of Messologhi, the organizations of first and second grade educators, the Pan-Minor Asian Association of Patras and suburbs, the Federation of Greek Film Clubs, the Scriptwriters Guild of Greece, various organizations of the audiovisual industry and other organizations. The Festival is supported by the MEDIA program of the European Union. 

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