Educational Programme for Children
“…And… Action!”

Educational programme at school
high school
23/9 primary school

The educational programme “…And … Action!”, designed to suit the needs of different age groups, takes us on a journey  to the early years of cinematography in an attempt to bring children closer to the Fine Arts and cinema. Along with young children and teenagers we construct our own pre-cinematic tools, we think of characters, talk about the importance of sound and music, write scripts, design stages, draw comics and storyboards and take pictures to analyse the notion of frame. We use audio-visual games, record stories and ideas and we observe the rapidly developing means of new technology.

24/9Floor game on the premises of the Festival

‘…And … Action!’ is a programme on the tracks of our other successful programmes as well as the publication of our first educational book ‘Let’s Play Cinema!’. Through this we present and propose an experiential Q & A floor game on the Art of Cinema. This game is an entertaining process through which all information gained from the book and our educational programme turns into real experience and knowledge.

It is an entertaining team game which enables children to gain deeper insight into the history of film making.

And a surprise collaboration with our beloved actor Fotini Baxevani

  • It is important to point out that our programmes are conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and are part of the broader educational programme ‘Cinema in the Classroom’ which has been approved by the Institute of Educational Policy and the Ministry of Education.

Gianna Deligianni was born in Athens in 1973. She has a strong passion for children, the cinema, photography, theatre and poetry.

She is the founder of Cinemathesis, a company promoting the art of Cinema in the educational process.She organises and implements educational programmes for children, educational cinema clubs, storytelling and events using Drama in Education in collaboration with public and private schools, municipalities, libraries, cultural centres, festivals, and individuals.

Since 2019, she has been conducting cinema workshops at schools in remote islands for children up to 12 years old under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and with the support of municipalities and other official bodies. All events are part of the educational programme ‘Cinema in the Classroom’ which has been approved by the Institute of Educational Policy and the Ministry of Education.

Gianna Deligianni has studied Arts & Sciences and then she attended the Eugenia Hatzikou School of Film and Television Studies, majoring in Directing. She attended a two-year- programme on Artistic Photography and one of similar duration on Drama in Education. She has taken Training Courses for Educators in London focusing on the idea of using the art of cinema in the classroom. She has participated in seminars about Art, stop motion animation, Drama education, dramatherapy techniques, and in conferences on the issue of art as part of the school environment.

Regarding her work in the field of Cinema, she has written and directed the short film ‘With a song’ and the short documentary ‘Alphaville, the cinema’ which were included in the 22nd Drama Short Film Festival and the 20th Internationales Festival Der Filmhochschulen in Munich. She has worked as Assistant Director and Casting Director in films, documentaries and tv series with directors such as Nikos Perakis, Tasos Psaras, Pigi Dimitrakopoulou, Dimitirs Indares, Christos Dimas, Dimitris Yatzouzakis and many more.

In the field of Theatre, she has been a stable contributor to Porta Theatre for 15 years. She has worked as Assistant Director, Production Manager for theatre performances, Stage Manager and co-ordinator in school performances at schools and other cultural centres in Greece. In 2004, she participated in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens as assistant director.

Christos Petropoulos was born in Athens.

He studied Film Direction at the School of Film and Television Studies Eugenia Hatzikou and at the University of Television and Film in Munich (HFF München). He has also attended seminars on photography and image processing.

He has been working as a photographer, director, cinematographer and editor.

Design| Implementation

CINEMATHESIS is a cultural organisation specializing in the implementation of educational cinema workshops for children. Each experiential workshop is based on the Art of Cinema and has a holistic approach to the Fine Arts. Our workshops promote and encourage cooperation and discussion. Accessing audio-visual material, children acquire the means to express themselves as is the case with music, painting, literature and the performing Arts. The Art of Cinema especially is an ideal way to affect and stimulate ideas, feelings, worries and needs in children and people from vulnerable groups. This is because children are familiar with the concept of the moving image and also because Cinema encompasses other arts as well from poetry and sculpture to architecture and photography, to name but a few.The Art of Cinema as a means to express creativity bridges the gaps among languages, ideas, civilizations, time periods.

The presence of CINEMATHESIS in more than 25 islands and 33 other destinations has benefited a large number of students as our visits to schools and other places are on a daily basis throughout the year. Some of these places are Gavdos, Agios Efstratios, Diapontia Islands, Icaria, Fournoi, Thymaina, Leipsoi, Kalymnos, Telendos, Sifnos, Serifos, Paros, Kimolos, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Syros, Sikinos, Paros, Small Cyclades, Evia, North Greece and other.

The programme ‘…And … Action!’ is designed in a way to be implemented in sites that bear a special symbolic value, remote islands, old school units, abandoned villages, places that are not easily accessible so that all children participate and get to know contemporary civilization.

Our educational programme draws its material from the History of Cinema, with references ranging from the Silent movies and Shadow theatre, with which they are already familiar with, to cartoons and animation, documentaries and more. We encourage children to open up and get involved with the basics of Cinema. Our goal is to help children identify film scenes the way they identify a song or a piece of music.

* Further details on the programme structure and information on our members, photographs and videos from our events can be obtained through our website, social media and the  vimeo channel of Cinemathesis.