Camera Zizanio

Ευρωπαϊκή Συνάντηση Νεανικής Οπτικοακουστικής Δημιουργίας

Camera Zizanio’s Greetings!


As all activities of the 15th Camera Zizanio and the 18th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (organized from November 28 to December 17) were completed, we would like to address our thanks  to all who contributed to this successful event.

This is not a typical expression of gratitude. Everyone knows the conditions under whichwe work are the most unpropitious. But in spite of the times, thanks to the warm support of our friends we achieved to organize a very successful festival.

With screenings in more than 10 cities in the region of Western Greece and Athens, theatres filled with thousands of spectators, with 20 film workshops and numerous parallel events.

The further recognition of the value of our work came with the establishment of two moresignificant awards from official organizations: the award given by the Greek Parliament to a film in Olympia Festival and the award given by the Educational Television of the Ministry of Education to a film in Camera Zizanio.

For all this, we would like to thank our friends from Greece and abroad, children, educators, festival organizers who have trusted their films. And especially all those who made the long journey to Pyrgos to join us at this great feast of the young audiovisual creation.

Thanks to all old “Zizania” that came to help from distant places – even from abroad, the professionals who run the film workshops, tens of volunteers, associations and individuals who have enriched our celebrations with their offer and have proved that during those difficult times solidarity is our strongest weapon.

Nowadays that humanity is tested, solidarity is the most valuable thing. In Greece, more than everywhere else, we experience the drama of the refugee people trying to escape from death. We see misery all around us.

But we’re more optimistic that we’ll succeed. Festival’s success is a conquest showing us  that we can achieve even more by struggling against all odds, as we’re walking towards the future through incompatible paths and with faith in youthful creation that has visionsand goals.

We wish you a Happy Holiday and a New Year with beams of hope.

Camera Zizanio team.

Awards 2015


Awards ceremony 

15th European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation Awards

 European Section

Category A

1st Prize

  • Look ahead > Escola de Bordils / Spain

2d Prize

  • 3 Steps > Asier Olangua Fernandez /Spain
  • Borders > Dante Alighieri” Secondary School of Calcinato / Italy

3d Prize

  • Flake White and the Seven Lady Dwarves > Camera Etc / Belgium


  • The trip Children’s > Hospital of Brescia – Cartoons in the wards > Italy


Category B

 1st Prize

  • The Dutch angle > Jael Van Rossum, Louizos Deenem >The Netherlands

2d Prize

  • Lights > IES Perez Comendador > Spain
  • Τhe nightmare > Olivia van Eijk > The Netherlands

3d Prize

  • Unlockedinside > 20th Lyceum of Athens

Category C

1st Prize

  • Βackwards > > The Netherlands / Abel Andel, Jelle Van Oosterom, Jesse Van Leeuwen, Tijn Van Wijgerden /
  • RoadTrip > PieterWibaut, LeviMiddendrop, ArvindChoenni, RomekvanDeursen, EddyRakovic / ΤheNetherlands.

2d Prize

  • Take Your Time > Ζalan Bata > Hungary.
  • The light > Sophie O ‘Donovan > Ireland

3d Prize

  • Solitude> Mathhew Joyce / Ireland
  • Αre you worth it? > HBLA für künstlerische Gestaltung/ Austria


  • Hacho > Sever Latysov / The Netherlands
  • Insecure > Imme Kievit / The Netherlands


The light that we have to keep on


The films follow one after the other and the “world” of the 15th Camera Zizanio unfolds: The Syrian refugee in Germany who tries to put down roots, the African immigrant in Spain who tries to cross the fence, the children from Italy who hate borders…

Borders, the acceptance of something different, the modern technology that estranges people, poverty, school violence, the dream for something beautiful… More than any other time, the hot issues of the world around us feed the subject matter of the films.

Of that world that is in turmoil, in transition, in a manner that is extremely painful most of the times.

Camera Zizanio has been and still is the meeting point of the issues of young people with creativity. Not as a simple, random crossroad but as the point where the carbon rods of the old movie projector meet.  Each one carrying opposite electrical charges, they barely just touch and as if they explode, they create the voltaic arc. A brilliant light, necessary for the projection onto the large screen.

This is the light that we have to keep on, under any circumstances.

At any cost!

Nikos Theodosiou

Artistic Director of Camera Zizanio

CZ 2015 in a few words


In its 15-year history, Cameza Zizanio has managed to emerge as the most prominent international crossroads of young people’s audiovisual creation. Its importance lies not in the numbers, but in the outstanding quality reflected on multiple levels. Read more of this post

With “PHOENIX” in Vienna!


The main character in the film PHOENIX by the 2nd General Lyceum of Igoumenitsa is a young girl who finds herself into a dead end. This leads her to a decision to end his life. But small events make her change her mind and see the bright side of life. Small things that take her off! Read more of this post