Camera Zizanio

Ευρωπαϊκή Συνάντηση Νεανικής Οπτικοακουστικής Δημιουργίας


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The European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio is not a festival, and it’s not a school competition either. It is a “Meeting”, a crossroad, a meeting point, a place of exchange and creation, in an absolute spirit of freedom. It is open to society, beyond boarders, beyond stereotypes and prejudices, with respect for diversity.

In our program we choose to prioritize creations that meet these broader goals. We select films that are the original voice of young people. These films highlight concerns, anxieties, claims, and reflections on the future. And that way they give an example of our time.

Camera Zizanio has selected 248 young creations to present you this year in its three Sections – the Greek, the European and the International.

We have received over 1,800 entries – a record number. We had to make a rigorous selection.

  • 19 films for the International Section, from 10 countries from all continents: Argentina, Peru, Brazil, the United States, Australia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and India. Films that will surprise us!
  • 97 films for the European Section, from 27 countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Kosovo, Croatia, Bulgaria Cyprus, Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Hungary, Ukraine , Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, FYROM, Moldova, Turkey.
  • 132 films for the Greek Section, in which we screen all films created by young people inside or outside the school environment. The only requirement is that they follow the regulations. This year we had an entry record compared to last year that was 123.

Simple addition shows that in the 17th Camera Zizanio we have films created by children and young people from 38 countries. In reality, though, this number is much greater if we include the millions of children forced to expatriate in order to find a safe refuge because of war, economic crisis or climate change.

This gloomy reality is also reflected in the children’s creations; this year, more than any other year. Migration, refugees, economic crisis are the predominant issues. Identity search in our historical roots is a topic we often encounter, as is the excruciating questions in teenage films: who are we and where do we go to. These questions, of course, are accompanied by the dream and hope that everything will change.

The new reality is highlighted and displayed by the 17th Camera Zizanio through a special section – an event that presents films created in refugee camps in Greece, with the presence of the children that have created them.

At the same time, the 17th Camera Zizanio is preparing itself to welcome over than 120 young people from many European countries and hundreds of children from Greece. This will surely be the largest forum for dialogue and artistic creation (through the multinational cinema workshops of the Festival) that has ever taken place in Greece.

In this way, Camera Zizanio is not the end of a route but the start of a new one, hopefully a much more interesting one.


Camera Zizanio 2017: Cinema masterclasses


Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio is not just about film screenings, juries and awards. It is also a place where our young audience gets the chance to meet experienced filmmakers and vice versa.

Among this year’s presentations, seminars, workshops and masterclasses:

  • renowned director Ferris Costas,
  • veteran DOP and director Nikos Kavoukidis,
  • DOP Argyris Theos,
  • set designer Andonis Chalkias and
  • SFX specialists Alahouzos brothers

will be in Pyrgos to offer their knowledge and insight to us.


We’re finally at the home stretch. The selection of films is completed, the invitations have been sent and many Greeks schools have already arranged their trip to Pyrgos as well as many of our international guests.
Guests of this year’s Zizanio Camera, along with the 20th Anniversary of International Olympia Film Festival for Children and Young People, will have the chance to attend a rich program of 238 films from 40 countries!
Note: this selection was made from 1800 films that were submitted to Camera Zizanio.
In Greek Section: 123 films from all regions of Greece, in three age categories: Category A’ – 38 films / Category B’ – 44 films / Category C’ – 30 films.
In European Section: 97 films from 27 countries.
In International Section: 19 films from 10 countries (Argentina, Peru, Brazil, USA, Australia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, India, Iran and Iraq).
Camera Zizanio’s catalogue is at the layout stage and in a few days will be available through our website.
Stay tuned as we will be gradually revealing you the rich program of events along with the film screenings. Workshops, seminars, master classes and many parallel events.

The 2017 Official Selection

Laurel_2017In 2017, Camera Zizanio has received over 1,800 films from all over the world.

123 films have been selected for the Greek section, 96 for the European section and 19 for the International section.

Find here the list of selected films

Greek Section

European Section 

International Section

Camera Zizanio 2017 – Last Call for Entries

Only a few days are left for to submit your film at the 17th edition of European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio! Don’t miss that chance!
Deadline for submission: October 10, 2017.
17th Camera Zizanio will take place in Pyrgos (Ilia Prefecture) along with the anniversary 20th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, from December 2- 9, 2017.
Let us remind that Camera Zizanio accepts fiction, documentaries, animation nad experimental films created by children and youngsters up to 20 years old.
Those young filmmakers whose films will be selected at the competition section will have the unique chance to be invited to attend the Festival and participate to the great celebration, along with other youngsters from Europe and all over the world.
They will be able to watch screenings of professional films in the frames of Olympia Film Festival, to meet important Greek and foreign directors etc, to take part in film workshops and seminars, as well as attend several parallel events for celebration of the 20 years of Olympia International Film Festival.
You can read the regulations and submit your films through our site,
Camera Zizanio , as well as Olympia Film Festival, are under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
For further information about Camera Zizanio:
Tel: 00302108664470