The Festival "comes of age" and the 18th annual sees the setting up of the François Truffaut award in memory of the great late director. This award over the years it will become the Giffoni Film Festival greatest and most important prizeand it will be awarded to the most important cinematographic representatives in the world. The great French director LOUIS MALLE is the first to receive this award.
The guests are VITTORIO TAVIANI, DARIO ARGENTO, STEFANO REALI, KLAUS MARIA BRANDAUER, ORNELLA MUTI, BARBARA DE ROSSI, DIEGO ABATANTUONO, IDA DI BENEDETTO, MASSIMO CIAVARRO.
Cristina Comencini's debut film ZOO, played by a very young Asia Argento, (who is also present at the Festival) is in competition. In THE WIZARD OF LONELINESS by H. Anne Riley, we discover Lucas Haas who will be back in 1991 at the GFF with the splendid ALAN AND NAOMI and in 1996 with Winona Ryder in BOYS. Today Lucas is amongst the most interesting new directors of american indipendent films (The Youth in Us Sundance 2005).
Ambrogio Pellegrino, creates in Bellinzona, in Switzerland, the homonymous festival, after visiting Giffoni with the same format.
In Autumn, second appointment of Giffoni films in Rome and in Padua. The festival shines also on the Croisette. At the Cannes Film Festival with a stall in collaboration with Cinema Sorrento (Na).