The country’s only film festival in Greece for children and teenagers, celebrates its 20th birthday, and gives its young audiences the opportunity not only to watch cinematic masterpieces from around the world, but to also express themselves freely and creatively.

This year’s anniversary event opens December 2 at Pyrgos, the Festival’s headquarters and center events stage. From there, it spreads out to 8 more cities in the Western Greece Prefecture (Amaliada, Patra, Agrinio, Lechena, Zacharo, Messolongi and Gastouni), and many other villages as well.

The 20th Festival sees in competition 69 films from 47 countries. These films participate in the Festival’s different divisions: The feature length competition (13), the short fiction films (16), short animation films (20), and documentary films (Kids & Docs) (20).

Essentially, the Olympia Festival is currently made up of three festivals: the Festival in Pyrgos, hosting the fiction and animation selections in competition, the documentary festival in Amaliada, and Camera Zizanio, the institution which features films of hundreds of children from Greece and around the world (mainly Europe).

Workshops, seminars and master classes by leading professionals such as Nikos Kavoukidis, Kostas Ferris, Argyris Theos, Antonis Chalkias, and the Alachouzos brothers, who will be organizing the workshops on SFX, complete the Festival’s program.

As in previous years, free-admission screenings for schools will take place in Athens. Schools must contact the organizers at neanikoplano@gmail.com or by phone at 2108664030 and 2108664470, to register to participate, and book tickets for their students.

Student admission to all screenings and activities of the Olympia International Film Festival is free.