World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Giffoni Film Festival

Article Id: WHEBN0008462018
Reproduction Date:

Title: Giffoni Film Festival  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Gianni Minà, Dean O'Gorman, Children's film festivals, Farshid Mesghali, Looking for Miracles
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Giffoni Film Festival

Giffoni International Film Festival
Location Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy
Founded 1971

The Giffoni International Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in Europe, and possibly the world. It takes place in the little Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana in Campania, Southern Italy, close to Salerno and Naples. Over 2,000 children attend the festival from 39 countries around the world. During the festival, the children and teenagers watch the films, learn about the filmmaking process, and are called to judge them and award the best ones with prizes.[1] This 44-year old festival has had a great impact in the history of entertainment and culture, not only in Italy, and it has developed a high reputation internationally.[1][2] Every year the festival attracts 100,000 guests, directors, producers, and movie stars annually. The festival has been brought to many different countries around the world with Poland, Argentina, Australia, Albania, China, Korea, India, and the United States having all hosted their own versions of the Giffoni Film Festival.[3] The Giffoni Hollywood Film Festival in the United States has proven to be the biggest so far.[3]


The Giffoni Film Festival, which takes place in Giffoni Valle Piana, a little village in the surroundings of Salerno, started in 1971 when Claudio Gubitosi had the idea of promoting and developing cinema for young people.[1][4][5] The first editions were characterized by limited budgets and a small number of films, so the festival started looking at films released in the Northern Europe and Soviet Union, bringing an unknown world to Italy.[1]

In the 1980s the number of productions dedicated to children and youth increased, and films coming from France, Albania, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Iran, Australia, Poland and New Zealand hit the screens in Giffoni.[1] In 1982, the festival had its turning point, indeed, in that year the master François Truffaut met the festival and wrote an open letter that includes the following words: “Of all the film festivals Giffoni is the most necessary.”[1][2]

Truffaut opened the way to a long list of Italian and International guests. Robert De Niro, Sergio Leone, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Alberto Sordi come to Giffoni to meet the young jurors and talk with them about their careers and their arts, consecrating the Giffoni Film Festival as one of the most important cultural events dedicated to young people.[1]

During the 1990s the festival has become ever more relevant and important. In 1997, the first stone of the Cittadella del Cinema was put down, which was a starting point for the Giffoni Multimedia Valley project, an area dedicated to creativity and culture, with structures for "cultural entertainment" and audiovisual production, day care centers, and laboratories.[1] Between 1996 and 1998, the festival started three different competitive categories: First Screens, for children aged from 9 to 12 years, Free to Fly, for children aged from 12 to 14 years, and Y-Generation (previously named, Rear Window), for youths from 15 to 19 years.[1]

The new millennium started with the purpose to bring Giffoni and its format in the world. Berlin, followed by Miami with its Next Generation Film Festival, Poland and Albania housed the Giffoni Film Festival concept. In 2005, in Australia, the festival founded the Giffoni-Australia association, with its headquarters in Sydney. In 2008, the first edition of the Giffoni Hollywood took place at the Kodak Theatre, which has been the home of the annual Academy Awards Ceremonies (The Oscars), with guests such as Will Smith and Jon Voight. The festival also created the Giffoni World Alliance, which is a network delegates to connect the initiatives around the world.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Giffoni Film Festival history" ("PHP). Story. Giffoni Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b "What the stars say about us" (PHP). Giffoni Valle Piana (SA) Italy: Giffoni Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b "GIFFONI IN THE WORLD" (PHP). Giffoni Valle Piana (SA) Italy: Giffoni Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL, or EXPERIENCE!". Giffoni Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "The 70s". Giffoni Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 

External links

  • Giffoni Film Festival Official Site
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.