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International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus Will be Held November 15-23
2008-10-24 12:20:45

 Nicosia, Oct 22 – The 5th International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus, the only multicultural event of its kind in Cyprus, combining films for children, adolescents, academics and parents, will take place from November 15th to the 23rd.

This was officially announced during a press conference held on Tuesday at the Pantheon cinema in Nicosia, where the screenings will take place.

In the press conference Ioannis Soulos, one of the Festival’s organizers, said that importance of this annual event is the role it plays in the lives of young people.

This year, he added, children will be in a position to benefit from films of a high aesthetical and artistic value, as well as learning every aspect of cinema, an experience, he said, which could also be added in the academic curriculum.

Regarding the Festival’s goals, Mr. Soulos said that “through its activities, the Festival aims to cultivate thinking ability, observation and research skills, and ultimately, the children’s creativity. All these abilities will then be applied to film creation workshops, where, under the guidance of industry professionals, children can give their own outlook on the world.”

The opening night will take place on Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 at Pantheon Nicosia. Matinee performances and workshops will start on Monday, November 17th, together with night shows from 7:00 to 9:00.

Marathon screening will be held during the November 15-16, weekend, starting at 11:00am and continuing until midnight.

This arrangement, he added, will give children an opportunity to watch various films with their parents, after paying a symbolic entry fee. He also said that the workshops this year will operate at the “MYLOI” Cultural Center of the Municipality of Nicosia, in Kaimakli, where a number of children will learn the secrets of the seventh art.

In the framework of the Festival, Erling Ericsson, animation creator and a TV producer for an educational radio-television company in Sweden will offer his long expertise in animation to the Festival’s workshops. Ericsson has been working with children for over 20 years, teaching them how to create films, and has developed a pedagogical model on film creation, used worldwide.

The culmination of the Festival will be the selection of the best film by a panel of judges, comprising a group of children.

The Festival’s main sponsor is the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education.

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