“Last year has deprived us of several activities we were practicing delightfully, let alone those including art creation. It would be impossible though to remain idle and inactive during that period. Through the activities that the Olympia Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio always offered, we took the opportunity to create art with instruments and media in full compliance with this covid era.
Our participation in the international online film workshop “Film Days at VBU 2021” engaged us with youngsters from other countries, exchanging ideas but also roles in this occasion. Every national team took footage from another one and added its own touch to the creation of a short film about COVID.
This experience reminded us once more that facemasks won’t prevent us from collaborating with different people and cultures to create art.”
The Greek delegation, consisted of Dionysia Kopana (director),Thanasis Koutrafouris and Ilias Dimakopoulos (young filmmakers) returned from Sweden having gained a wealth of new knowledge and experience.
Τhey had the unique chance to participate to the International Film Workshop ” FILM DAYS AT VBU” that took place from February 17-22 in Ludvika. The workshop was organized by the Swedish Educational Centre VBU.
Within this week, 30 students from Sweden, Croatia, Germany, Ireland and Greece were divived into for groups and created 4 short films.
This educational trip was organized by Olympia International Film Festival and Camera Zizanio.
The two young filmmakers are sharing their impressions:
First of all I would like to thank the ancient Olympia festival for giving me the opportunity to travel to Sweden and represent Greece. Within this week I worked with many people from different countries around the world with the common goal of making a film. Aside from the knowledge I received, I met many people with great ideas and made many new friends that changed the way I view cinema. From this trip I have only been left with positive impressions and received a lot of knowledge and experience. Finally, I would like to thank my retirees, Mrs Dionysia Kopana and Elias Dimakopoulos.
It was a unique experience for me! I ‘d like to thank Olympia International Film Festival that chose me and gave me the opportunity to find myself in Ludvika, Sweden. We had an amazing time all together, we became friends and we did a great job. We shared beautiful moments which I believe none of us will ever forget. I made new friends from different countries and we promised to meet again in Greece. Swedes are very hospitable and they treated us very well. I ‘d also like to thank my travel mates Mrs Dionysia Kopana as well as my friend Thanasis Koutrafouris, who were always by my side.
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