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Multilevel representation In Plasencia (SPAIN)


The beautiful city of Plasencia (neighboring Cáceres) in Extremadura is now the backdrop for important era films, among them the globally-famous TV series “Game of Thrones “. But that is something temporary.

What is permanent and constantly growing up is International Youth Film Festival Plasencia Encorto, which takes place in this city. Actually, two Festivals are taking place at the same time: the National Short Film Festival and the International Youth Film Festival.

Plasencia Encorto is organized by «24 Fotogramas», a group of enthusiastic people, with the support of the Municipality of Plasencia as well as Extremadura local authorities – La Junta de Extremadura .

At the 4th edition of International Youth Film Festival (March 16 to 18, 2017), Camera Zizanio had a great representation.

DSC03265Two films from Greece participated at the competition section: the film “Shelter” by the 1st High School of Komotini, and one more from Olympia Festival’s film workshops, “Last days in school”. Kyriakos Haritakis, our collaborator, run a workshop on special effects. During the screenings, Nikos Theodosiou and Kyriakos Haritakis presented Olympia Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio.

The brilliant closing ceremony delivered a surprise for the children from Komotini, as their film won the “Award for promoting equality and non-violence.” This film has also won the “Greek Ombudsman” award in 16th Camera Zizanio.

The film was represented by the students Sotiria Ioannidi, Vassileia Gavriilidou and their teacher Neoklis Lemonidis. Please note that the trip to Spain has funded be the Municipality of Komotini, decided unanimously by the City Council.

Something that will hopefully be imitated by other municipalities and will allow children from Greece to travel abroad, attending several festivals that Camera Zizanio cooperates with, and also ensures participation and invitations.






Do you know which is the longest multinational film workshop in Europe and undoubtedly the most significant one regarding the participants and also the number of films that are produced?

It is none other than Mythos Project that takes place every year in the frames of Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio.

This remark is included at the latest report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the European Commission. In the report «Mapping of media literacy practices and actions inEU-28»,   that just have been published; Mythos Project is included among the 5 “casestudies” highlighted from Greece.

More specifically:

«Mythos Project is an initiative of Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and of European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation- Camera Zizanio, which takes place annually, the 1st week of December (main event), in the city of Pyrgos (region of Western Greece). The Mythos Project is the longest running multinational film workshop on youth audiovisual creation in Europe. It started in 2011 and since then, with the participation of 400 youngsters from 16 countries, 55 shorts films have been produced. Most of the films have been screened in Festivals abroad (special screenings) getting positive reviews».

Another point covered by the report is that “Mythos Project” is implemented with the co-operation of the Dutch Student Festival NFFS (Nationaal Film Festival voor Scholieren) and coordinated by Olympia International Film Festival for Children.

The Greek submission was provided by Irene Andriopoulou, Media Analyst, Independent Media Literacy Expert, while you can find the whole report here: .

Mythos Project’s remarkable impact is exemplified by the increasing participation of youngsters from Europe, while many young people travel to Pyrgos every year just to be part of this unique experience.

But it’s not just numbers that make Mythos Project distinguishes. All the films produced are of excellent quality and their topics at the heart of social developments are giving the most authentic position of thoughts and concerns of the new generation in Europe.

CAMERA ZIZANIO: An institution for the audiovisual creation


In Nafplio

Camera Zizanio is not just a festival that screens films made by youngsters. Now has become the most significant institution in Greece regarding the development of young people’s media literacy.  

This was something obvious but was also emphasized by the lecturers in two cultural events that took place within the last weeks. Events to honor the young filmmakers awarded in 16th Camera Zizanio. Read more of this post

Olympia Festival, 20th anniversary!


Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People is celebrating its 20th anniversary this December.

We’re still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for more info!



By Nikos Thedosiou

(Text written for the catalog of MICE 2017 –  Μostra Ιnternacional de Cinema Education)

In the 17th year of the 21st century, almost no one questions the introduction of media literacy into all levels of education. Researchers are continuously publishing research and modules are announced. But from the announcements until the implementation, the gap is huge.   Read more of this post