Is there a better way to help children and teenagers understand cinema art and their culture than collaborate to make short films? This is exactly the scope of Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) that is organized since 2009 on the Greek island of Skopelos.
This year the festival is taking place from July 26th to August 9th, 2016. Fifty young Greeks from Skopelos (aged from 8 to 18 years old) and students from other countries will work with filmmakers and create a series of short films within a time period of seven days. These films will then be screened at Orpheus Cinema in Skopelos Town.
The theme of the films is the Sea, a subject with large effect for a country like Greece. For making their films, children will have to take some mandatory film making courses, listen to the story of people who will be invited to talk about their connection with the sea and do some research outdoors.
The Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth was created by Mrs Jill Somer, associate director of the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, and Professor Wangtae Lim from Dong-Ah Institute of Media and the Arts, South Korea, who realized that arts is left out of the daily program in the local schools. In this way, they help local children develop their creative skills in the art of film making.
More info at the website of: Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth