More than 700 experts on Media for children from all over the world gathered in Thessaloniki/Greece for the "3rd World Summit on Media for Children". The organizers, Athens-based European Children's Television Centre (ECTC), for the first time included cinema for children within the congress. Together with CIFEJ (Centre International du Film pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse) ECFA represented film and cinema for children among the TV- and internet-people who made up the majority of participants.
The "Cinema Departmant" at the World Summit was organized by Lucia Rikaki (ECTC) and offered screenings in a nearby cinema with the films "Tsatsiki, Mum and the Policeman", the world premiere of Claus Strigel’s A. S. Neill-adaption "The Last Man Alive" and the Swiss classic "Visage d'Enfant". Furthermore, there were daily workshops on children in films and on film education. In the "N. Germanos Congress Centre ECFA and CIFEJ organized an information desk on films for children. It was well frequented for the duration of the Summit, but when the participants were invited for some giant bottles of Ouzo, our desk suddenly became the centre of the whole event.
The first cooperation between the children's film organizations and the World Summit was definitely a positive experience for everybody who was involved, and a promising starting point for future events.