Camera Zizanio

Ευρωπαϊκή Συνάντηση Νεανικής Οπτικοακουστικής Δημιουργίας

 It’s festival time again!

Submissions are now open for the next edition of Camera Zizanio.
18th Camera Zizanio will take place at Pyrgos, Peloponnese, Greece from December 1 to 8, 2018 along with the 21th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People.


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A big festival in a small town


received_914380562092091The Giffoni Film Festival is such a unique event for children and young adults. Even though it takes place in a small Italian town called Giffoni, it’s one of the most well-known children’s film festivals in the world.

It’s weird how in just eight days you get to meet so many amazing people and have the chance to watch several excellent films from all around the world. Not only are we the jury of films made by people from all around the world but we are the first ones to watch previews of many famous professional movies. After the screening of the films we had the chance to participate in debates about the film. We could express our thoughts on the movie or ask questions about it to the director or some actor who represented the film.

Everything in Giffoni is well organised. There are many different kinds of activities for the jurors so we don’t only watch films. Every night there are free concerts for everyone by famous Italian artists.

During the festival,we were hosted by families that were very kind and welcoming to us. By living with them we had the opportunity to get to know better the italian culture, their way of living, their traditions in general and to eat homemade traditional food.

Also in Giffoni we made lots of new friends not only from Italy but from all around the world. Our chaperon was always there for us when we needed her help and she always took care of us. The three of us had a really great time in Giffoni and we hope that we can live this magical experience again.

Filitsa Altani, Myrto Kadoglou, Effie Diamantopoulou 



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Facing the day to come


We are very glad to announce to the friends of Olympia Festival and Camera Zizanio some great news.

On Tuesday February 6, 2018, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed the official support of the Greek state to Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People. In his speech at the Conference for the Development of Western Greece he described the Festival as an institution that “has an impressive success and international recognition” and announced the financing of a new permanent home for all festival activities with 8 million euros from the state budget.

The permanent home of the Festival and Camera Zizanio will be created in the buildings of the old ASO Raisin Factory in Pyrgos, which are offered by the Region of Western Greece. The funds will be used to renovate the building, create the necessary infrastructure and acquire equipment.

The utilization of the ASO buildings, which have been abandoned for years, was requested long ago by the Festival. The project being planned is a multiple use space for culture, which will include screening venues, exhibition spaces, a film set and animation studio, recording studios, editing rooms, book and film library, workshop spaces etc.

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Τhe old ASO Raisin Factory in Pyrgos

The new complex will be open to all culture groups in town, to young artists and other youth activities. Young people will now have high quality infrastructure to showcase their work.

It will also be a home for the European Center of Youth Audiovisual Creation. The Center will be active around the year offering educational programs for students, teachers and postgraduates from Greece and abroad. It will have the necessary equipment for the production of high profile cinema and audiovisual works.

Olympia Festival thanks all those who stood by its side all these years and asks them to continue the support as we make “a great leap forward”.2005 (14)

A new beginning!

The new year 2018 began with wonderful news for Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio.
On Thursday, January 11, a program contract was signed at the Greek Ministry of Culture. This contract secures the seamless operation of the Festival in the following years.
The contract comes as an official recognition of what the festival has already been: A national festival, unique in its kind and the most important institution on youth cinema and young people’s audiovisual creation in Greece.
The program contract was signed between the Ministry of Culture, the Region of Western Greece and the Olympia Festival Social Cooperative Enterprise and it secures a stable funding for the following three years.
This comes as a vindication of a struggle that started twenty years ago. At the same time, it opens up new development potential.
Among the immediate goals is to achieve the necessary premises for the Festival (modern screening venues, film studio, workshop rooms, book and film library, exhibition venues etc.) and the establishment of the European Center of Youth Audiovisual Creation, with a focus on Film Education and the education of young professionals on the genre of Films for Children and Young People (screenwriting, direction, production, distribution), where workshops will be held around the year and research will be made in pursuit of innovative and experimental methods in the use of audiovisual media.