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17th Olympia IFF for Children and Young People - 14th Camera Zizanio
27 November 2014
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The 17th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, starts this Saturday, 29/11 in several Peloponnesian cities, in the southern part of the country. 

All the films screened respect the principles set by UNICEF and UNESCO for children and young people’s cinema, helping young people develop critical and creative thinking and to better understand and respect different cultures. A total of 678 films from 61 countries will be screened during the Festival; films on family relationships issues, death, friendship, the environment, globalisation, ecology, tolerance and school related subjects.

Screenings will begin on Sunday 30/11, in the city of Pirgos. This year, the festival presents in its Competition Sections 13 films feature films (Feature Films section), 18 at  the Short Fiction Films section, and 19 more competing in the Animation Short Film Section for prizes like the ECFA and Cifej Awards. The Kids & Docs Section will screen 6 medium-length documentaries and 12 shorts, where, beside the adults’ international juries, there will be a number of children’s juries that will decide on their own awards. During the festival, a number of filmmaking workshops will give children the opportunity to make their own films.


Olympia Film Festival’s Artistic Director, Dimitris Spyrou, chose films that cover a wide range of contemporary issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the dismantling of the education system in Bulgaria, the US embargo imposed on Cuba, children’s life conditions in Iraq etc.

Balkan films and co-productions presented at the International Competition:

Feature Films
Matei Child Miner by Alexandra Gulea, Romania/Germany/France, 2013 

When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/Jordan/Greece/UAE, 2013 

Short Fiction Films
Catching a Lion by Vladimir Kanic, Croatia/Canada, 2013, 7′ 

Orpheus by Tina Smalcelj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2013, 4’ 

Schoolyard by Rinio Dragasaki, Greece, 2013, 10′ 

The Concert by Ilias Florakis, Greece, 2014, 5′ 

The Execution by Petra Szocs, Hungary/Romania, 2014, 14′ 

Way of the Danube by Sabine Dorohol, Romania, 2013, 13′ 

Kids and Docs
I am a Homeschooler by Ralitza Dimitrova, Bulgaria, 2013, 50′ 

Aggeliki by Maria Scoula, Greece, 2014, 8′ 

4 distinguished personalities comprise the International Jury of the 17th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People. Greek director and President of the Jury, Dimos Avdeliodis, Mika Anttolainen (coordinator of Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival), Michael Harbauer (Manager of the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL), Carmen Santos  (multimedia artist, independent media creator and producer from Spain) and Italian specialist in audiovisual projects for schools and children and artistic director of the project Cinema without Barriers, Eva Schwarzwald.

Each year, of course, Olympia Film Festival is accompanied by Camera Zizanio, the European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation, co-ordinated by Nikos Theodosiou, whith more than 480 entries from all over Europe. The number of competing Primary and Secondary schools has risen to 184, hailing from the whole of Greece. Themes such as recession, school violence, and immigration seem to dominate. Moroever, two of Camera Zizanio’s workshops, Zizanimation and Mythos Project, focus this year on immigration in all its contemporary forms.

Today, Camera Zizanio is the bigest europe-wide Meeting for the audiovisual creation of young people. Hundreds of children and educators from all over Europe and Greece meet every year, in order to present their work, made in school or other workshops or in private, to exchange  ideas, to collaborate and to come to agreements for common activities.

Back to Olympia IFF, actors Manolis Mavromatakis and Themis Panou will attend the festival as honorees of the 17th edition for contributing in promoting Greek cinema and modern Greek culture internationally. Tributes to Roviros Manthoulis, a small one as well to great Danish animator Jannik Hastrup who will join the event, workshops in directing, editing, screenwriting, photography, animation, mask-making, puppet theatre, shadow theatre and collage, Greek films for children and young people, a speecial screening (Nine Wonderful Worlds) of nine animation films from Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Russia and, of course, Greece. 33 other European films, featuring children and adolescents who face the adult world will be screened at the Zoom in European Children’s Film Special Screenings, while Greek and foreign directors, distinguished cinematographers, editors and scriptwriters, actors and animators will guide the students to create impressive shorts (School Cinema). 

Book presentations and discussions between students and renowned Greek writers are also taking place, along with concerts and theatre performances. From 11-17 December, selected films from the 17th Olympia Film Festival and the 14th Camera Zizanio will travel to Athens, creating a week-lasting sub-festival.

Sources: Olympia IFF and Camera Zizanio official sites
  Matei Child Miner
  Dimos Avdeliodis
  Roviros Manthoulis
  Themis Panou
  Dimitris Spyrou
  Manolis Mavromatakis
  Ralitza Dimitrova
  Alexandra Gulea
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  Camera Zizanio 2014 Program
  Olympia IFF 2014 Program
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  Olympia IFF 2014 on Facebook
  Camera Zizanio 2014 Promo
  Camera Zizanio Official Site
  Olympia IFF Official Site
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