February 16, 2018
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We are very glad to announce to the friends of Olympia Festival and Camera Zizanio some great news.
On Tuesday February 6, 2018, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed the official support of the Greek state to Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People. In his speech at the Conference for the Development of Western Greece he described the Festival as an institution that “has an impressive success and international recognition” and announced the financing of a new permanent home for all festival activities with 8 million euros from the state budget.
The permanent home of the Festival and Camera Zizanio will be created in the buildings of the old ASO Raisin Factory in Pyrgos, which are offered by the Region of Western Greece. The funds will be used to renovate the building, create the necessary infrastructure and acquire equipment.
The utilization of the ASO buildings, which have been abandoned for years, was requested long ago by the Festival. The project being planned is a multiple use space for culture, which will include screening venues, exhibition spaces, a film set and animation studio, recording studios, editing rooms, book and film library, workshop spaces etc.
Τhe old ASO Raisin Factory in Pyrgos
The new complex will be open to all culture groups in town, to young artists and other youth activities. Young people will now have high quality infrastructure to showcase their work.
It will also be a home for the European Center of Youth Audiovisual Creation. The Center will be active around the year offering educational programs for students, teachers and postgraduates from Greece and abroad. It will have the necessary equipment for the production of high profile cinema and audiovisual works.
Olympia Festival thanks all those who stood by its side all these years and asks them to continue the support as we make “a great leap forward”.
January 19, 2018
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The new year 2018 began with wonderful news for Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and Camera Zizanio.
On Thursday, January 11, a program contract was signed at the Greek Ministry of Culture. This contract secures the seamless operation of the Festival in the following years.
The contract comes as an official recognition of what the festival has already been: A national festival, unique in its kind and the most important institution on youth cinema and young people’s audiovisual creation in Greece.
The program contract was signed between the Ministry of Culture, the Region of Western Greece and the Olympia Festival Social Cooperative Enterprise and it secures a stable funding for the following three years.
This comes as a vindication of a struggle that started twenty years ago. At the same time, it opens up new development potential.
Among the immediate goals is to achieve the necessary premises for the Festival (modern screening venues, film studio, workshop rooms, book and film library, exhibition venues etc.) and the establishment of the European Center of Youth Audiovisual Creation, with a focus on Film Education and the education of young professionals on the genre of Films for Children and Young People (screenwriting, direction, production, distribution), where workshops will be held around the year and research will be made in pursuit of innovative and experimental methods in the use of audiovisual media.
December 27, 2017
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The Closing Ceremony of 20th Olympia Intenational Film Festival for Chidren and Young People and the 17th Camera Zizanio took place, in enthusiastic atmosphere, on Saturday 9th of December 2017.
The bigest edition than ever, with a great variety of films at the Sceening Programs, screenings in more that 10 cities of Western Greece, more than 80 parallel events, exhibitions, tributes, an international Conference, dozens of guest from many countries and also thousands of visitors – mainly students from all over Greece.
But Camera Zizanio is not only screening of films. It’s week of full film creativity through the tens of cinema workshops. It’s also about 300 (and more) youngsters who cooperate, write screenplays and create films.
And the “film harvest” this year was great. 32 films with a total duration of over 2,5 hours! ! If they were edited all together, we would be talking about overproduction! These were the films created in the workshops that took place in Pyrgos, Amaliada, Lehena, 11 films from our multinational workshop of Mythos Project, the 5 daily episodes of Daily News. Fiction films, documentaries and animtation.
You can enjoy films here:
November 24, 2017
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The European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio is not a festival, and it’s not a school competition either. It is a “Meeting”, a crossroad, a meeting point, a place of exchange and creation, in an absolute spirit of freedom. It is open to society, beyond boarders, beyond stereotypes and prejudices, with respect for diversity. Read more of this post