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Don’t miss this special event in Pyrgos!

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From Mako and Pyrgos to Berlinale, with Roland Ferge!

It’s been almost ten years from the first day that we met Roland Ferge for the first time, in his hometown in Mako. A small town in the south of Hungary.

He was a fifteen year- old shy boy but with great love for cinema and cameras. He was member of Kálmán’s Czibolya team, an experienced cameraman and director, who organizes film workshops for youngsters and also Zoom to Europe Film  Festival.

Along with Kalman and some others youngsters from Hungary, Roland has repeatedly visited Greece and Olympia Film Festival. By participating in Camera Zizanio with his films and also attending film workshops and many other parallel events… slowly revealing his talent.

As a natural progression of the above course of action, was his decision to follow the path of professional filmmaking. He studied at the Film Academy in Budapest (Budapesti Kommunikációs és Üzleti Főiskola) and he immediately gained recognition.

The film of his Master’s thesis “Away- El” was selected at the Competition Section of Generation K Plus of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, winning a Special Mention.

Roland Ferge, this talented young director will be among us again, this year in Pyrgos. His awarded film in Berlinale, also participates in the Competition Section of Olympia International Film Festival (29 november-6 december 2014). But that’s just not it.

We’ll have the chance to attend his master class, in which he’ll describe this amazing course from the film workshops in Mako and Pyrgos to Berlinale.  Not only a film lesson, but also a life lesson and creation.

Don’t miss this special event!

That’s Olympia International Film Festival, a youngster’s Festival, and a Festival that doesn’t resemble any other.

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A “hot” October for teen movies!

The Chocolate Gate

The Chocolate Gate

It is not one or two but ten young audiovisual creations from Greece who have the good fortune to participate in festivals abroad and those only for October.

Namely: Four films from Greece are participating in the competition section for young audiovisual creation of Wildlife Vaasa festival which will be held from 1-5 October 2014 in Finland.  The Wildlife Vaasa festival specializes in films about the environment and is taking place every two years.

The Greek participations are:

Chocolate Gate”, 3rd elementary school of Loutraki

“On the way to the oasis”, animation workshop in the framework of ANIMASYROS

“I dream, don’t give-up, I live”, 6th High-School of Patras

“1, 2, 3 … 15″, 9th PrimarySchoolo of Ag. Dimitrios

In Dubrovnik Film Festival (DUFF) which will take place 17-20 October 2014 at the beautiful city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, six films from Greece will participate. In Dubrovnik Film Festival are participating and competing films that have been created from children and young people from Mediterranean countries.

The Greek participations are:

a) in the category of up to 15 years,

“I dream, don’t give-up, I live”, 6th High-School of Patras

“Chocolate Gate”, 3rd elementary school of Loutraki.

b) in category 16-20 years,

“The pen”, 1st Standard Experimental High School of Athens

“Maybe there is hope”, 1st Lyceum of Pyrgos

“Mama don’t cry, we’ll speak through Skype”, 1st EPAL of Argos, SEK of Argos and ERAS of Argos

“Charlie’s smile”, EPAL of Agios Nikolaos Lasithi Crete.

Let’s note that all the films, except one that is very recent, participated in Camera Zizanio 2013.  And most of them gained acclaim!
The film “1, 2, 3 … 15 ‘ of the 9th primary school of Agios Dimitrios won the third prize in category A(children up to 12 years old).
The film “the pen” of the1st Standard Experimental High School of Athens won the first prize in category B (children 13-16 years old).

The films “Mama don’t cry, we’ll speak through Skype” by the 1st EPAL of Argos, SEK of Argos and ERAS of Argos and
“Maybe there is hope” by the 1st Lyceum of Pyrgos won the 1st and the 2nd Prize respectively in category C (children 17-20 years old).The film “Chocolate Gate” by the 3rd elementary school of Loutraki is a film produced in 2014 and created within a film workshop under the direction of “Youth Plan”Maybe schools in Greece are operating under very difficult conditions but thanks to active and spirited teachers and talented students as well,they do not give up. They distinguish themselves by their creations and  pointing the way for the future to all of us.

We are in the final stage of preparation for the 14th Camera Zizanio. Those who participate do not just take part in the festival but they are boarding for the trip around the world!
Deadline for Camera Zizanio entries: October 10, 2014. Hurry up!

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Olympia Film Festival at Port Festival 2014!

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The 2nd Port Festival is taking place at Katakolon (Pyrgos) from 29 to 31 July 2014 with popular greek and local bands and a lot of parallel cultural activities.

At the booth of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People a 3-day an animation – stop motion workshop will be held from the team members of Zizanimation18 +.

Both young and old visitors of the booth will have the opportunity to create their own stop motion short stories through a “magic” box.

14th CAMERA ZIZANIO – CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Because nothing can stop children and youngsters to dream and create…

Because nothing will stop us from fighting for a better world…

Despite the increasing difficulties, we continue with even more determination and we invite all youngsters to actively participate in this great international feast  of audiovisual creation and expression.

14th Camera Zizanio (along with 17th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People)  will take place from November 29 to December 6, 2014, in Pyrgos – Ilia Prefecture,  Peloponnese. Read more of this post

A great success!

Stelios filai
The big family of Olympia International Film Festival and Camera Zizanio is very proud as one of her “kids”, Stelios Filaj, student of 1st Lyceum of Pyrgos, got an important distinction.
Running at the Panhellenic –   Pancyprian School Games of Athletics, in Athens, won a gold medal in the 2000m steeplechase, claming personal best record.
Up to now, we were aware of Stelios’ articstic talent. Partcipating in Festival’s film workshops and activities, he has always been punctual and ethical. And was, of course, loved by everyone!
Camera Zizanio 2013

Camera Zizanio 2013

In top of this, the film he created along with his schoolmates from the 1st Lyceum of Pyrgos, won two awards in 13th Camera Zizanio, last December.

We aso found out about his exceptional skills in sports, which apparently won’t stop here. We expect from him, as he’ll also parcticipate in the Pan Hellenic Games of Athletics, with the Athletic Club “HERMES” in Pyrgos,  to win one more disciction. And of course… his next film!

Stelios’ distinctions (as many other “kids of ours”  in the fields of science or art) filled us with great joy and satisfaction. Olympia Film Festival, remains to be a place of creativity for the youth generation, by offering them the opportunity to develop their talents and their skills in every field.

Αnd all this, in spite of the times, the misery perceptions and methologies which undermine the work of the most important institution in Europe in the field of youth cinema and media education.