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Category Archives: 2011

Movies on the Square!



For second straight year, Olympia International Film Festival and  Camera Zizanio offer a beautiful summer spectacle by reviving the travelling cinema in villages and tourist resorts of the Ilia Prefecture.

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The climax of this drama…

Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to warmly thank all of those who, with one way or another, have expressed their support for our people during the difficult times.

We’ve known each other for many years, with most of you. We have shared the same ideals for the new generations, cinema, audiovisual education in a world of values and ideals. During these years we have established solid friendships.
So, you know first-hand, our struggle especially during the last years, especially since harsh austerity was imposed to our country. We achieved to organize all those festivals due to the strong support of the people and yours. As you have informed us, great cuts especially in culture and education began from your countries. What will the future be like?
Now we’re living the climax of this drama, here in Greece. Austerity became suffocated.

Since Monday, the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to stop sending cash. Greek banks were forced to shut down and are able to give only a small amount of money through the ATM. Imports and exports have been blocked and millions of people will soon face survival problems. A painful economic suffocation was imposed to us.

But it’s not only an economic issue. UN human rights experts’, Alfred de Zayas and Virginia Dandan, expressed the opinion that Greece is facing an attack on fundamental human rights. (UN human rights experts’ welcome Greek referendum and call for international solidarity – See more at:

The situation is very critical.

We would like to apologize, but this unpleasant situation force us not to be able to attend films festival and events abroad, to postpone already scheduled trips. We are very sorry.

The only thing that we can do, is to promise that we will continue with the same unswerving principles, defending our future and the future of the young generations.

Life goes on. Our Festival is ahead us and we’re inviting you to respond to our call for entries to the 15th Camera Zizanio, which will take place from November 28 to December 5, 2015. We hope that it will take place under much better conditions.

Best regards,
Nikos Theodosiou

Artistic Director of Camera Zizanio


DSC09547Just before the end of the school year, members of the Cinema Group of the 1st Lyceum of Keratsini had a unique experience

The team, with Camera Zizanio initiative and with the help of the great cinematographer (D.O.P) and director, Nikos Kavoukidis, had the chance to shoot their new film with absolutely professional standards.

The film had demanding shootings both indoors and outdoors, day and night. The filming lasted for two days, from morning until late at night. Youngsters had the generous help as far as material means (high definition cameras, lights, microphones, etc.) are concerned and the knowledge offered by Nikos Kavoukidis and his colleagues. The editing was made at a professional studio.

The film’s official premiere it’s at 15th Camera Zizanio, this December.

This unique experience is captured by one of the school’s teacher.

“It is difficult to describe the experience of these two amazing days, but one thing is certain. The youngsters and the teachers, who were involved in the filming, were filled with uplifting feelings, that we experience only a few times in our lives.  “There is no tiredness if it’s about something that you really like”, said someone who out of curiosity came to see what we were doing.

Neither Mr. Stathis, a school guard, considered the time and was present even during the evening shootings, as he enjoyed events like this one.

We all had the feeling that we were lucky to be there, shooting our own film, with Mr. Kavoukidis asking us «guys, what you want to get from this shot” and “how you want to tie them  together” (youngsters had a decoupage ready). At the same time, approaching a school film in a professional way with courses for the use of axis, lights, sound etc even for filming pigeon on the street. We’ve learned so much during those 15 hours of filming.

I do not know if it’s going to be a good film, but our soul was brightened and our ties were strengthened. Therefore we would like to thank much Mr. Kavoukidis, Mr. Theodosiou and their partners.  Students and teachers understood the magic of cinema, the magic of art and at the end of shooting,    in the night real life Avenue Schistou. “

Let’s not forget to mention that Nikos Kavoukidis, a veteran filmmaker, has a special love for the young generation and he generously offers his help. Thus, within the frameworks of Camera Zizanio, the ” Nikos Kavoukidis award” has been established, where the lucky winners have the opportunity to experience unique moments, like youngsters from Keratsini had.

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VAFI statue
One more distinction for a young creation from Greece to a festival abroad.
It’s about the film “A circle breaks” by the  6th  High School of Patras, which won the 2nd prize in the category “Blue VAFI” at the 6th International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin in Croatia.

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The heavy luggages on the return trips

awards spain

Οι βαριές βαλίτσες της επιστροφής

Our luggages on the return trips from Spain were slightly heavier this time. As they included the awards won by the Greek youth creations that took part in two Festivals. Read more of this post