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Call for entries / Camera Zizanio 2015

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Camera Zizanio – European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation address a Call for Entries for  its  15th edition that will be held from November 28  to December 5, 2015, in Pyrgos,  alongside with the 18th Olympia International Film Festival for children and young people. Read more of this post

A joint action of YOUNG DOGS, Germany and Camera Ζizanio, Greece

DSC09469cropTHE WORLD IS CHANGING. WHAT ABOUT US?

  • A joint action of YOUNG DOGS Youth Academy for Documentary, Germany and Youth Plan (Olympia International Film Festival- Camera Ζizanio, Greece)
  • Creation of short documentaries from mixed groups of Greek and German youngsters.

We’re living in a terrible contradiction.

Technology is galloping, creating new conditions of life on planet. It offers amazing possibilities of communication and creation. Old lifestyles, habits and professions are lost, new ones are born.

At the same time, economical crisis reverses much data. Deconstructs families and social structures. The war conflicts are multiplied, migration takes the form of a snowball. At the same time, old conservative ideas grow big by leveraging social, religious and ethnic conflicts. Blind hates that pushes society backwards.
Society gets tested. A new world, that is everyone’s vision, looks as a riddle.

In these circumstances, youngsters from Greece and Germany, among other thingd, have to face the stereotypes grown in many ways and that dangerously blur the scenery. People are identified with policies that are hostile towards them.

In Greece, Germans are appearing as descendants and continuers of the Nazis, that want, once again, to sow the havoc of fascism. For the Germans, Greeks are the lazy of the south that are living at the expense of the Germans labor and heavy taxation.

Reality is far away from all this obsessions.
By searching reality, we create the conditions of a mutual understanding and cooperation for a different future.
We have a proposal. The creation of short documentaries from mixed groups of youngsters from Greece and Germany, who will work together and in Greece and in Germany.

Documentary is a creative way to see the world as it really is, to understand each other, by rejecting the lies and the ‘on purpose’ altering of reality. Here, youngsters are in front.

Afterwards, we screen and distribute the films to a wider audience, with public screenings and the use of internet, raise conversations and distribute at the development of creative dialogues.”

PARTICIPANTS AND DURATION OF THE PROGRAM

Each team (Greek and German) consist of 6 youngsters and two educators.
The duration of each workshop will be 6 days, where youngsters will have the time to discuss their ideas, shoot the films and edit them.

PLACES AND DATES

The first meeting will take place in Dortmund, Germany in October, 2015.
The second meeting will take place in Pyrgos in December, 2015.

ORGANIZERS

  • YOUNG DOGS, Youth Academy for Documentary, Germany.
  • YOUTH PLAN, Olympia International Film Festival – Camera Zizanio, Greece.

The climax of this drama…

Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to warmly thank all of those who, with one way or another, have expressed their support for our people during the difficult times.

We’ve known each other for many years, with most of you. We have shared the same ideals for the new generations, cinema, audiovisual education in a world of values and ideals. During these years we have established solid friendships.
So, you know first-hand, our struggle especially during the last years, especially since harsh austerity was imposed to our country. We achieved to organize all those festivals due to the strong support of the people and yours. As you have informed us, great cuts especially in culture and education began from your countries. What will the future be like?
Now we’re living the climax of this drama, here in Greece. Austerity became suffocated.

Since Monday, the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to stop sending cash. Greek banks were forced to shut down and are able to give only a small amount of money through the ATM. Imports and exports have been blocked and millions of people will soon face survival problems. A painful economic suffocation was imposed to us.

But it’s not only an economic issue. UN human rights experts’, Alfred de Zayas and Virginia Dandan, expressed the opinion that Greece is facing an attack on fundamental human rights. (UN human rights experts’ welcome Greek referendum and call for international solidarity – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16170&LangID=E#sthash.fKFJEjYv.dpuf)

The situation is very critical.

We would like to apologize, but this unpleasant situation force us not to be able to attend films festival and events abroad, to postpone already scheduled trips. We are very sorry.

The only thing that we can do, is to promise that we will continue with the same unswerving principles, defending our future and the future of the young generations.

Life goes on. Our Festival is ahead us and we’re inviting you to respond to our call for entries to the 15th Camera Zizanio, which will take place from November 28 to December 5, 2015. We hope that it will take place under much better conditions.

Best regards,
Nikos Theodosiou

Artistic Director of Camera Zizanio

KERATSINI: A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

DSC09547Just before the end of the school year, members of the Cinema Group of the 1st Lyceum of Keratsini had a unique experience

The team, with Camera Zizanio initiative and with the help of the great cinematographer (D.O.P) and director, Nikos Kavoukidis, had the chance to shoot their new film with absolutely professional standards.

The film had demanding shootings both indoors and outdoors, day and night. The filming lasted for two days, from morning until late at night. Youngsters had the generous help as far as material means (high definition cameras, lights, microphones, etc.) are concerned and the knowledge offered by Nikos Kavoukidis and his colleagues. The editing was made at a professional studio.

The film’s official premiere it’s at 15th Camera Zizanio, this December.

This unique experience is captured by one of the school’s teacher.

“It is difficult to describe the experience of these two amazing days, but one thing is certain. The youngsters and the teachers, who were involved in the filming, were filled with uplifting feelings, that we experience only a few times in our lives.  “There is no tiredness if it’s about something that you really like”, said someone who out of curiosity came to see what we were doing.

Neither Mr. Stathis, a school guard, considered the time and was present even during the evening shootings, as he enjoyed events like this one.

We all had the feeling that we were lucky to be there, shooting our own film, with Mr. Kavoukidis asking us «guys, what you want to get from this shot” and “how you want to tie them  together” (youngsters had a decoupage ready). At the same time, approaching a school film in a professional way with courses for the use of axis, lights, sound etc even for filming pigeon on the street. We’ve learned so much during those 15 hours of filming.

I do not know if it’s going to be a good film, but our soul was brightened and our ties were strengthened. Therefore we would like to thank much Mr. Kavoukidis, Mr. Theodosiou and their partners.  Students and teachers understood the magic of cinema, the magic of art and at the end of shooting,    in the night real life Avenue Schistou. “

Let’s not forget to mention that Nikos Kavoukidis, a veteran filmmaker, has a special love for the young generation and he generously offers his help. Thus, within the frameworks of Camera Zizanio, the ” Nikos Kavoukidis award” has been established, where the lucky winners have the opportunity to experience unique moments, like youngsters from Keratsini had.

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AN EVER GROWING CIRCLE

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The film “A circle breaks” by the students of the 6th High School Patras continues its successful course in the world. One more international award was added to the previous two, that the film has received within this year.

This time the film was awarded at V. KID’S EYE FILMFESTIVAL that took place on May 8, 2015 in Budapest.
But the film from Patras is not alone in this great journey as it is accompanied by other films from Greece. These films travel with Camera Zizanio’s initiative and apart from receiving an award or not, they have the opportunity to meet a wide international audience. Read more of this post