About the workshop

Educational Workshop

‘Optical Toys’

18-19 July 2024 at the Tomato Industrial Museum D. Nomikos

The Santorini Film Festival and the Tomato Industrial Museum, D.Nomikos are joining forces to co-organize an educational workshop, which will take place in the historic factory on 18 and 19 July during the 7th SFF.  This year the modern museum celebrates its 10th anniversary as part of the island’s cultural scene with a rich agenda of events and exhibitions and invites the Santorini Film Festival to become part of the celebrations. From 1945 to 1981 the Tomato Industrial Museum, “D. Nomikos” operated as a tomato processing factory. In 2014 it was transformed into a modern museum and and a wider cultural space with a rich exhibition that presents the island’s history and traditions.

Through the two-day workshop which will take place during the 7th SFF, the birth of Cinema meets the local history in the atmospheric premises of the museum on the Vlychada beach. Can cinema exist without a projector, electricity and music? Yes!

Yet, how will the film roll?

The “Optical Toys” workshop invites young cinephiles to learn the process of moving images by sketching their own frames and to become familiar with moving image gadgets. Participants will explore what existed before cinema and by designing and making their own optical toys will discover how an image can start moving, and a film frame to come to exist. The educational workshop addresses children 8-10 years old and will last 6 hours (3 hours per day).

Application form

Apply here

Please, if you are interested in participating, fill out the form below or submit the google form above by 02/07/24. For any clarifications or additional information, you can email the laboratory manager, Alkmini Nikopoulou-Exintari, at [email protected]. Priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Workshop instructor

With experience in audiovisual education, the instructor Ioanna Giakoumatou has facilitated numerous workshops and seminars in various social and age groups implementing a unique experiential animation technique. For the past few years, she has been organising experiential educational workshops and also working as an animator in the cinema and advertising industries.