The EPYC Project

The project

EPYC – Enhancing Peace through Youth Creativity

Giffoni Macedonia is a regional hub of the world’s leading festival for children and youth, the “Giffoni Film Festival” from Italy. 

Since 2013 Giffoni Macedonia has been successfully promoting media literacy, education, critical thinking and international cooperation, developing them through active involvement of young people in creative activities connected to film, audiovisual arts and creative industries.

The project EPYC – Enhancing Peace through Youth Creativity is part of the eleventh edition of Giffoni Macedonia, which will take place in Skopje, in September and October 2023.

The main objectives of the EPYC project are:

  • To promote the values of intra-regional integration, peace and reconciliation and human rights through film and creative expression;
  • To encourage young filmmakers from the Western Balkans and beyond to create films for young audience that promote peace and reconciliation, regional integration and democracy, European values and human rights;
  • To create opportunities for young people from the region and beyond to participate together in creative activities and to exchange experiences and practices through cultural exchange;
  • To allow young people from the region to meet and exchange ideas with representatives of the creative industries and the institutions on the importance of using film and arts in the education of young people and conveying the messages of non-violence and peace. 

The project is supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the program Bando Balcani 2022.