The founder and President of Productions La Fête and the creator of the “Tales for all” film series, he has been involved in all facets of films since the beginning of the 1950s. He was director-general of Montreal International Film Festival from 1962 to 1967 and one of the founders of the Cinémathèque québecoise in 1963. He founded Faroun Films, a distributor of films for young audiences, in 1965. Faroun Films expanded its operations to dozens of countries and Rock broadened its activities to art and auteur films. Soon, he went from distributor to producer. Faroun Films became the leading ambassador abroad of Québec’s nascent film industry and also the port of entry for the majority of foreign art films (such as Fassbinder, Malle, Taviani, Weir and Wenders). From 1977 to 1979, Rock Demers helped establish the Québec Film Institute. He was also a member of a consultative committee on creating a Canadian Government film policy. He has participated in professional associations and has been a professor of film at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1980, he founded Les Productions La Fête, with the initial goal of producing an anthology of nine films intended for children and families. Determined to make films that have no cultural barriers, Rock Demers is also the initiator of numerous co-production treaties between Canada and several countries. He has been frequently decorated for his efforts at home and abroad.
He studied Theater, Film and Media studies as well as Political Science at Trier University and Goethe University Frankfurt, he graduated as M.A. in 2018. In between his studies, he worked as film- and media literacy educator in various projects concerning film, news media as well as video games and also worked as freelance reporter at various news outlets and local newspapers. In early 2019, Wilke Bitter became part of the team of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers where he now heads the film literacy and school cooperation department.
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. She studied film in Athens and she got an MA in documentary & society at the Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC). Since then she has worked in the film, television and advertising industry. She has written & directed short & feature films and documentaries. Her shorts have been accepted in numerous International Film Festivals (Berlinale, Fantastic Fest, Sitges, Clermont-Ferrand, Sao Paulo etc.). In 2014, she was nominated for the Crystal Bear with her short film “Schoolyard” and in 2012 her film “Dad, Lenin and Freddy” won the best short film Award from the Hellenic Film Academy. Cosmic Candy, her first feature film, was selected to participate to the Sundance If Instabul Screenwriter’s Lab. The film had it’s World Premier in Fantastic Fest, at Texas, the best genre Festival in the USA and she won the best newcomer director Award in Thessaloniki Film Festival and at IRIS (Hellenic Film Academy Awards). In 2019 she was selected to participate in Torino Film Lab with her next feature project “Panhellenic”.
He is the head of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies that organises screenings and film discussions through more than 100 film clubs all over Sweden and oversees the publication of the organisation’s own film magazine. He is a former film policy adviser and head of education at the Swedish Film Institute. He has worked as a film festival producer, film consultant and film critic. He is also a board member of ECFA (European Children Film Association) and a past member of the panel for the European Parliament LUX film prize.
Born in France in 1969, Elise Jalladeau is the General Director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greek cultural organization that includes Thessaloniki’s International Film and Documentary Festivals, 4 cinema screens operated throughout the year and the Cinema Museum(collections, library, film literacy, cinematheque). Before her appointment in 2016, she served as Audiovisual Attachée at the French Institute in Greece and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Film Center. She founded and headed the Ateliers Produire au Sud for 10 years. She has been group leader for EAVE “Ties that Bind” between 2010 until 2017. Between 1992 and 2010 she worked as a producer, launching the careers of a new generation of international directors, including Martin Rejtman, Ildiko Enyedi, Jia Zhang Ke, Darejan Omirbaev, Jérôme Bonnell, Petr Vaclav, Rodrigo Moreno, Jose Luis Torres Leiva and Alejandro Fernandez.
She was born in Italy. She worked several years on different experimental cinema projects for among others a DVD publishing house and a filmmaker’s cooperative in Paris, France. At the same time she started helping to organise different film festivals in France and Italy. In 2017, after a stint at the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, Gloria took over as Head of the Young Audiences Programme at the Luxembourg City Film Festival. In 2018 she joined the festival’s general artistic committee. Through all this, she hasn’t lost her passion for experimental cinema and is actively engaged in the film selection process of the Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris.
She started Taartrovers Film Festival in 2003 together with others. The festival aims to inspire children aged 2 till 9 years old, to use their imagination by combining a program of new and older arthouse films with the ‘Playground of the Imagination.’ At the festival, children can play before and after the film in this inspirational landscape with installations that trigger all their senses and that give plenty of room to their own creativity and imagination. With their company called ‘De Taartrovers’ (The Cake Robbers) they create art installations, workshops, filmlabs, a children’s cinema and artistic concepts for Museums, festivals, schools and other organizations. They work closely together with EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. Taartrovers have a special focus to create film programs and installations for very young children aged 2 till 6 years old.
She is the Programme Director for the MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education in the School of Education, at the University of Sheffield. Becky’s research focuses on digital literacies, children’s film and film education. Her recent research examines the potential of immersive technologies to offer new narrative experiences with children. Becky is a Board Member for ECFA, the European Children’s Film Association, the international professional body for the children’s film industry. Prior to her academic career Becky was the director of a children’s film festival and a film and media educator. Becky continues to enjoy collaborating with creative and cultural organisations and is currently working with The National Videogame Museum in Sheffield to develop their education programme.
She was born in 1976 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Graduated in cultural management under the auspices of UNESCO and in cultural policy from academy of fine arts. In 2004 started and still organising International Vilnius film festival for children and youth. Working for more than 16 years on educational projects for children and young people, have extensive experience with organising international youth exchange projects, art festivals, is behind the concept and organization of a variety of cultural events at Vilnius culture and education center.
She studied Social Anthropology, Photography/Journalism and Video Production in London. Since 2000 she has been directing documentaries of Greek and foreign co-production which are distributed internationally, and many have won awards at international festivals. Indicative documentaries: “The school”, “My Place in the Dance”, “Bells, Threads and Miracles”, “Listen to me”, “Twelve Neighbours”, “Food for Love”, “Longest run”, “When Tomatoes met Wagner”, which was also the Greek selection for the 2020 Oscars. She is a member of the European Film Academy, of the Hellenic Film Academy and President of the Greek Documentary Association.
He was born in 1962. He studied political science and filmmaking. He has directed TV documentary series on social, political and historical themes and two feature-length documentaries: “The House of Cain,” which explores the existence of seven everyday people who have committed murder; and “Raw Material”, a film that sinks into the most miserable neighborhoods of Athens in order to discover the invisible link between immigrant slums and the Greek steel industry. Both films have won awards and distinctions in Greece and abroad. He has taught documentary classes at the University of Athens, at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and at public Institutes of Vocational Training (IEK), while for the last 6 years he has been running his own, annual documentary workshop that has already formed a core of young creators and has produced four feature-length documentaries which have been screened in movie theaters and international documentary festivals.
She studied at Animation the Metropolitan University in London from 2011 to 2013, before deciding to change universities in 2013 to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. She first did a work placement at Lovelove Films in Bournemouth, where she helped with a short animated film project for a Summit land Conservancy in Utah called “We Save Land”. The short film went on to win an award at Envirofilm Awards 2017. She was offered a job at Lovelove Films after her work placement and has been with the company ever since. During her time at Lovelove Films she has had the opportunity to work on various projects both animation and live action. One of the biggest projects for her was directing and working on the short animated film called “Chin up” in 2018, an animated film about herself, and her journey to become an animator and living with and accepting her disability, Treacher Collins Syndrome. The film is about self-acceptance and about not giving up on your dream. It has been very well received by film festivals around the world and has won numerous awards, including a Royal Television Society award for best online production.
Festival Director of BIKY, Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival and Executive Committee Member of BIFF, Busan International Film Festival, both taking place in Busan, South Korea. After retired from his position as a professor in animation, he has been a co-representative of ‘Playingman’, a company planning and organizing cultural events. He is also producing films, giving lectures under the subject of film reading.
She started her job as project manager at KIDS Regio in April 2018. She holds an MA in Media Management and a BA in Intercultural Studies, Psychology and Economy. Prior to her work at KIDS Regio she was an assistant at both the German Children’s Media Foundation and the German Children’s Film Association as well as research assistant at Bauhaus-University. KIDS Regio presents a lobby initiative for high quality and multi-faceted European Children’s Films. It functions as an agent between policy and society, the film industry and the scientific world in order to form a network and discuss new synergies. Thus, the initiative supports the industry professionals by building a platform to strengthen existing networks and defining solutions to improve the status, transfer and variety of European productions and co-productions for a young audience.
The members of the International Youth Jury from abroad are representatives of collaborating with Olympia Festival organizations:
BUFF – Sweden
Cinekid – Netherlands
Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (FIFEM) – Canada
International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! – Poland
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival –Norway
Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience – Germany
Zlín Festival / International Film Festival for Children and Youth – Czech Republic
Coordinator: Kostas Korres
Sofia Agalioti (Greece)
Alex Charles Herlofsen (Norway)
Naomi Hofmann (Germany)
Edmund Krajewski (Poland)
Nicolaas Mool (Netherlands)
Morgan Norbery (Sweden)
Flavie Pettermann (Canada)
Ester Josefina Vandasova (Czech Republic)
Artemis Ziouva (Greece)
Κλειώ Βοβού / Kleio Vovou
Άρτεμις Γκίζα / Artemis Gkiza
Νίκο Κολντρέου / Niko Kolntreou
Ευαγγελία Κουκάκη / Evangelia Koukaki
Αθανασία Μαλάι / Athanasia Malai
Μάγια Πάικου / Magia Paikou
Ελένη Τσίγκρη / Eleni Tsigkri
Ζωή-Χρυσή Φυτανίδη / Zoi-Chrysi Fytanidi
Εμμανουήλ Χρηστάκης / Emmanouil Christakis
Vasiliki Eleni Tsakiridi
Anna Ifigeneia Ourouli
Myrto Stella Mitsakou
Angeliki Nektaria Ntaveli
Panagiotis Rafail Soulis
Sofia Nikolais Karakaxi
The “Human Values Award” of the Hellenic Parliament will be presented to a film of the competition section which –beyond its artistic merit– promotes clearly and comprehensively the democratic values that give substance and quality to human life.
The selection will be made by a three-member committee of the Hellenic Parliament Television Station comprised of:
Aris Fatouros, Program Consultant
Vasilis Douvlis, Program Supervisor
Anna Kotzia, Youth Program Supervisor
The members of the Jury who will present the Best Feature Film Award of the Greek Film Clubs’ Association (OKLE) are:
Film historian and critic, President of OKLE
Second Vice President of OKLE, Agia Paraskevi Film Club
Deputy Secretary of OKLE, Preveza Film Club
Treasurer of OKLE, Hydra Film Club
Member of the Board of OKLE, Pefki Film Club