“Everything can happen in the blink of an eye!” was the slogan of the recent TheNextFilmFestival for young people under 21 years that took place at Odense of Denmark during 27-30 of August.
The days of the festival passed quickly full of speeches, seminars and workshops for the young filmmakers but also for us the film educators, because good educators need good teachers! Between the educators was the two-times Academy Award winner film director Martin Strange Hansen and the outstanding director Thomas Vinterberg who together with Lars von Trier and others, created the famous Dogme 95 Manifest and its “Vows of Chastity”, well-known for the emblematic film of Dogme 95 The Celebration (1998) and three times winner at Cannes Film Festival.
From the competitive part of TheNextFilmFestival stays alive in my memory the freshness and at the same time the maturity of the cinematic discourse articulated by the participation of young people around the world.
Besides all these at Odense we were welcomed by another festival, the Odense Film Festival, Denmark’s oldest international festival since 1975 and partner of TheNext FilmFestival. So we watched as many films as we could from the competitive program of animation, fiction and documentary!
Me and the young talented Panagiotis Christofleas who participated in this film festival shared knowledge, concerns and made friends who share the same love for cinema.
Thanks to Camera Zizanio and the Olympia International Film Festival for Kids and Youth for this unforgettable experience!
Mange tak , Sussane Wad! Mange Tak, Nisse Koltze! Mange Tak, TheNextFilmFestival !
I will close this brief review with the words of the festival’s soul, the unique Nisse Koltze, who urges us to open our eyes and see that the world is still wild, beautiful, dangerous and exciting!
Evangelia Liza Themeli