Two teachers’ interest in cinema and the children lead them to create an institution that aspires to be a great feast of young people’s audiovisual creation, in the autonomous region of Extremadura, Spain. And up to now they have accomplished it with great success.
José Luis Muñoz Bejarano and Antonio L. Aranda Rodríguez organized the 1st CERTAMEN AUDIOVISUAL CENTROS EDUCATIVOS EXTREMADURA, as it is named, three years ago. Every year the event takes place in a different city of Extremadura.
During the 3 days of the festival (from 6 to 9 of May), the children of Extremadura have the chance to present their films (created in their schools ), meet each other and also attend workshops.
CERTAMEN AUDIOVISUAL it’s not a Festival -in a formal meaning- but a meeting. It has a non- competitive form and so the prize for the children is the trip and their stay. And it’s something that they really appreciate.
This year we had the chance to attend the 3rd edition of this festival, as the staff of Camera Zizanio were the only foreign guests invited. The city that hosted the festival was Don Benito, a city of 30.000 inhabitants.
Camera Zizanio’s representatives, Nikos Theodosiou (artistic director) and Nikoleta Georgakopoulou, had the chance to present the work that we do with children and also to screen five films made by children from Greece.
Antonio L. Aranda Rodríguez, Nikos Theodosiou, José Luis Muñoz Bejarano
The screening films were: “LOVE IN WC”, “THE MERMAID AND THE ICESTAR THAT FELL FROM THE SKY”, “READY, SET, ROB”, “EMMA AND THE HISTORY EXAM”, “TURN OVER A NEW PAGE”.
Mrs. Elena La Banda and Rosana Hilara ,artistic directors of the student’s film festival in Mardid –MUVIES (Muestra de videos de la Comunidad de Madrid), were also invited and presented their work. (http://www.muvies.es)
Is profound that the production of children’s films in Extremadura, as well as the organizing of the Festival, that was excellent, is thanks to the voluntary and -of course- unpaid work of the educators.
For the success of this event was also important the help of the «24 Fotogramas»association , a group of amateur cinematographers from Plasencia city. http://blog24fotogramas.blogspot.com/
More information about the CERTAMEN AUDIOVISUAL CENTROS EDUCATIVOS EXTREMADURA at http://certamenaudiovisual.educarex.es/
Camera Zizanio would like to express public thanks to our friends in Spain not only for their warm hospitality but also for their support during this difficult situation due to the of the harsh economic measures.