Back to cinema theaters and the big screen. Crossing Europe Film Festival and its Youth section “YAAAS!” took place in the traditional way from June 1 to 6 in Linz, Austria. Camera Zizanio could not miss it!
Overcoming pandemic difficulties but compliant with new era’s protection measures, the organisers offered a fruitful cinematic experience, a festival program consisted of 3 competition sections (fiction, documentary and YAAAS!) a non competition Panorama and parallel events , Q&A’s, masterclasses and guided city tours to museums at Linz, a Unesco City of Media Arts. Linz has warmly embraced the Festival and local shops had decorated their windows with Festival elements.
“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.”
Lockdown and distant learning measures put our film workshops in jeopardy. The traditional way of conduction, meaning physical presence of the children-participants, was out of question. For the most demanding workshops, Zizanio Daily News and multinational Mythos Project, there was a special concern.
10th Mythos Project Online Edition (The multinational cinema workshop)
Mythos Project is way more than a cinema workshop. It takes place during Olympia Festival dates with the participation of tenths of young cinematographers, mostly from Europe, who are taking part with their films on Camera Zizanio. Multinational teams are being formed and the goal is to shoot and produce a short film on a given subject, within a week. Team leaders are tutors (educators or cinematographers) from abroad.
This year’s anniversary 10th Mythos project faced great difficulties, given the restriction of travels. Youngsters from different countries who never met before, had to collaborate. The challenge was to create films that their shots would come from all over the globe with editing stiches either seamless, or totally justified in order to have a whole movie and not a shot compilation.
Though the project was difficult, 45 youngsters from 11 countries participated at the end. 8 teams were formed and produced 8 films. We must highlight that the teams worked with great discipline, like everyone was in Pyrgos and their film was their only concern, meeting the strict deadline of 6 days.The result surpassed every expectation. Children created excellent films, obviously related to pandemia, but full of positive energy. It is no coincidence that two films had almost the same title “Hope”. Υou can watch 10th Mythos Project- Online Edition films on Camera Zizanio’s Youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist…
Zizanio Daily News- Selfie Edition
Zizanio Daily News is a workshop, a poetic or even heretic point of view on events and acts of Olympia Film festival and Camera Zizanio and the host city of Pyrgos. A group of children, during the festival, produces daily a 5’ video which is screened right before our official screening seances. Film shooting and highly demanding editing were utterly impossible under current circumstances, which led us to a new approach. Selfie videos, the beloved practice of youngsters, was adopted since it required a person and a camera-phone. Hence, Daily News 2020 was named “Selfie Edition”. To eliminate editing needs, single shot film technique was adopted.
The greatest emphasis was placed on screenplays , a procedure much more demanding to compose. 12 children entered this adventure with excitement, working cheerfully but with discipline. Although it was challenging to coordinate all these actions remotely, the result was more than positive. Zizanio Daily News – Selfie edition was every day on time and subtitled in english. The only difference was that it was not screened every night at the Apollo Theater but on Olympia’s FB page. The 7 “episodes” are available on Camera Zizanio’s youtube channel https://youtu.be/T0atZeRDFoM
Due to the new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the 20th Camera Zizanio will take place online from 28 November to 5 December 2020.
The films of the 20th Camera Zizanio as well as all films of the 23rd Olympia International Film Festival from Children and Young People will available for viewing through our online platform https://online.olympiafestival.gr/en/
The 20th Camera Zizanio hosts 188 films from 47 countries!
· 84 films in the European Competition Section( Austria, N. Macedonia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, UK, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Belarus, Hungary, Ukraine, Wales, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey).
· 30 films in the International Competition Section ( Argentina, Australia, Vietnam, Brazil, USA, India, Indonesia, Iran, Canada, China, Malvides, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong.
The films were selected out of 1400 entries!! Through our selection we wanted to give the most representative overview of young creativity around the world. The films, with originality and inspiration, capture the young people’s reality and dreams.
We would like to warmly thank all those old and new friends from all over the world who entrusted their films to us.
The Announcement of the Awards will take place on December 5, 2020.
Η 23η Camera Zizanio θα διεξαχθεί ταυτόχρονα με το 26ο Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Ολυμπίας για παιδιά και νέους από τις 2 ως τις 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2023.
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