The GFF starts with Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti's helicopter roar arriving directly from Rome for the official opening. He opens the "new" cinema Valle completely done up thanks to the Giffoni Film Festival that with 500.000.000 di lire, furnishes it with the most modern equipment and gear to make it more comfortable and pleasant for the 400 hundred jurors.
The Festival honours Canadian producer Rock Demers, founder of La Fète, that aims at making products of great cinematographic quality for a younger audience.
From Australia we screen SEBASTIAN AND THE SPARROW by a very young Scott Hicks who will have huge success with SHINE (6 nominations in 1997: direction, screen-play, photography, editing, leading player, non leading player). Amongst the players of the competitive section films at the festival, we like to mention a very shy protagonist of Czech film COMMUTERS: Barbora Bobulova.
Guests at the Maison Lumière: BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI, MARGARETHE VON TROTTA, ETTORE SCOLA, LINA WERTMÜLLER, MARCO RISI, GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, GIANCARLO GIANNINI, BEN GAZZARA, PHILIPPE LEROY, CARLO CROCCOLO, OTTAVIA PICCOLO, CARLO VERDONE, MICHELE PLACIDO, JULIAN SANDS, MORTEN HARKET, BARBARA DE ROSSI, CLAUDIO AMENDOLA, LINA SASTRI.
Francesco Cossiga, President of the Italian Republic greets a delegation from the Giffoni Film Festival at the Qurinale taking leave of them in a very moving way: "On behalf of all the Nation I thank you for all you do for us".