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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.

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!


On Saturday night, the Deputy Head of the Western Greece Prefecture, Mr Giorgos Georgiopoulos, declared the start of the 19th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in an amazingly crowded theater. The leading roles for the night were in the responsibility of some “ex-Zizania” of the Olympia Festival; meaning children that had been “recruited” to the festival by making their own films for Camera Zizanio – some of them at the very beginning, 19 years ago.

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If we should choose only one of the characteristics of Camera Zizanio 2016, we would have a hold on what nine children give us. Children unknown to one another: Max from America, Maia from Canada, Tobby from England, Stanislawa from Belgium, Artemis, Iasonas, Konstantis and Maximos from Greece, Zahra from Iran.

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Look Beyond Borders


For the visual art of 16th Camera Zizanio’s  catalogue cover we selected the drawing of a 15-year-old refugee girl from Afghanistan, Sahar Rezai.

She survived from the war in her country, and after a laborious – due to her reduced mobility – and dangerous journey of 50 days, she travelled through the Aegean Sea but she got trapped in Greece when its borders were closed.

Now, in a camp of refugees, she spends the endless hours of immobility in her wheelchairs by drawing the big refugee odyssey, the disappointments and the dreams.

  • It is dedicated to all the children of the world who are seeking after a hospitable place to stand on and create.

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