Lockdown and distant learning measures put our film workshops in jeopardy. The traditional way of conduction, meaning physical presence of the children-participants, was out of question. For the most demanding workshops, Zizanio Daily News and multinational Mythos Project, there was a special concern.
10th Mythos Project Online Edition (The multinational cinema workshop)
Mythos Project is way more than a cinema workshop. It takes place during Olympia Festival dates with the participation of tenths of young cinematographers, mostly from Europe, who are taking part with their films on Camera Zizanio. Multinational teams are being formed and the goal is to shoot and produce a short film on a given subject, within a week. Team leaders are tutors (educators or cinematographers) from abroad.
This year’s anniversary 10th Mythos project faced great difficulties, given the restriction of travels. Youngsters from different countries who never met before, had to collaborate. The challenge was to create films that their shots would come from all over the globe with editing stiches either seamless, or totally justified in order to have a whole movie and not a shot compilation.
Though the project was difficult, 45 youngsters from 11 countries participated at the end. 8 teams were formed and produced 8 films. We must highlight that the teams worked with great discipline, like everyone was in Pyrgos and their film was their only concern, meeting the strict deadline of 6 days.The result surpassed every expectation. Children created excellent films, obviously related to pandemia, but full of positive energy. It is no coincidence that two films had almost the same title “Hope”. Υou can watch 10th Mythos Project- Online Edition films on Camera Zizanio’s Youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist…
Zizanio Daily News- Selfie Edition
Zizanio Daily News is a workshop, a poetic or even heretic point of view on events and acts of Olympia Film festival and Camera Zizanio and the host city of Pyrgos. A group of children, during the festival, produces daily a 5’ video which is screened right before our official screening seances. Film shooting and highly demanding editing were utterly impossible under current circumstances, which led us to a new approach. Selfie videos, the beloved practice of youngsters, was adopted since it required a person and a camera-phone. Hence, Daily News 2020 was named “Selfie Edition”. To eliminate editing needs, single shot film technique was adopted.
The greatest emphasis was placed on screenplays , a procedure much more demanding to compose. 12 children entered this adventure with excitement, working cheerfully but with discipline. Although it was challenging to coordinate all these actions remotely, the result was more than positive. Zizanio Daily News – Selfie edition was every day on time and subtitled in english. The only difference was that it was not screened every night at the Apollo Theater but on Olympia’s FB page. The 7 “episodes” are available on Camera Zizanio’s youtube channel https://youtu.be/T0atZeRDFoM
Camera Zizanio wants to warmly thank all our friends for being by our side in this 20th edition in 2020. And specifically:
The young creators from Greece, Europe and the rest of the world who entrusted us with their films and in this way we managed to organize a successful festival in such difficult times.
The educators and the artists who helped the children to use their time creatively and also to send us their optimistic messages through their films.
Our friends, old and new ones, younger or older, who sent us their warmest video messages for Camera Zizanio’s 20th anniversary.
The dozens of children who took part in the Juries and also their coordinators who carried out their mission with absolute success, adapting to the special requirements of an online event.
The youngsters and the team leaders, from 11 countries, who turned the 10th Mythos Project online edition into an exciting experience. They overcame all obstacles of a distance collaboration and created excellent films.
Along with all of you, we managed to keep the spirit of this “Μeeting”, this great feast of Camera Zizanio. We adapted all the health rules and remained safe. And so, we can look ahead to the future with optimism and confidence. We would like to wish for a sweet and pleasant holiday season and for a brighter 2021 New Year! We hope that we will meet again at the 21st Camera Zizanio and the 24th Olympia International Film Festival, the forthcoming November- December!
Due to the new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the 20th Camera Zizanio will take place online from 28 November to 5 December 2020.
The films of the 20th Camera Zizanio as well as all films of the 23rd Olympia International Film Festival from Children and Young People will available for viewing through our online platform https://online.olympiafestival.gr/en/
The 20th Camera Zizanio hosts 188 films from 47 countries!
· 84 films in the European Competition Section( Austria, N. Macedonia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, UK, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Belarus, Hungary, Ukraine, Wales, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey).
· 30 films in the International Competition Section ( Argentina, Australia, Vietnam, Brazil, USA, India, Indonesia, Iran, Canada, China, Malvides, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong.
The films were selected out of 1400 entries!! Through our selection we wanted to give the most representative overview of young creativity around the world. The films, with originality and inspiration, capture the young people’s reality and dreams.
We would like to warmly thank all those old and new friends from all over the world who entrusted their films to us.
The Announcement of the Awards will take place on December 5, 2020.
Η 20η Camera Zizanio λόγω των περιοριστικών μέτρων εξαιτίας της πανδημίας του Covid-19 θα διεξαχθεί διαδικτυακά ταυτόχρονα με το 23ο Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Ολυμπίας για παιδιά και νέους από τις 29 Νοεμβρίου ως τις 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2020.
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