"For a quarter of a Century the most popular children and youth festival" It is the slogan accompanying this annual celebrating a 25 year long voyage.
In competition a definitely bizzaree film NORTH directed by Rob Reiner ("When Harry Met Sally...") starring a very promising young actor: Elijah Wood surrounded by numerous wannabe parents who want to adopt him e.g. Kathy Bates and Kelly McGillis, as well as sisters wannabes such as debutant Scarlett Johansson.
The Festival is now aired into millions of Italian homes thanks to the strong commitment by Private Network Mediaset. "Al Cinema ragazzi" "Kids at Cinema" is the name of the film show aired for two weeks just before the beginning of the Festival and running right through it on "Italia 1" in which previous annuals GFF films are aired.
The Issue "Cinema Citadel" is discussed by the Italian Parliament. Some politicians decide to support the cause of the festival. Maestro MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI is the first to be awarded the Golden Gryphon for lifetime achievment, while the audience at the Maison Lumière, gives him a touching 10 minute standing ovation.
Seventeen year old RUAIDHRI CONROY wins the Best Actor Award, for hisrole in CLOCKWORK MICE beside Ian Hurt.
Giffoni hosts amazing Academy Award winners: BEN KINGSLEY, JON VOIGHT, GABRIELE SALVATORES and the unconventional genious of KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKY, who is awarded the François Truffaut ‘95.
Amongst guests: ALBERTO SORDI, NIKITA MIKHALKOV, LUIGI MAGNI, DAMIANO DAMIANI, LINA WERTMÜLLER, GIACOMO CAMPIOTTI, PAPPI CORSICATO, SILVIO ORLANDO, RAOUL BOVA, ALESSANDRO GASSMAN, GIULIANO GEMMA, GIANMARCO TOGNAZZI, MASSIMO GHINI, RENATO ZERO.
A group of political leaders talk to the children and youth about cinema for the first time: Gerardo Bianco, Gianfranco Fini, Walter Veltroni, Clemente Mastella, Gianni Mattioli and Giuseppe Santaniello.
Giffoni changes names to some of its streets thanks to the Festival. Today we have Piazza Fratelli Lumière, Giardino Federico Fellini, Via Giulietta Masina, Via François Truffaut.
The Honorary President of the Jury is stunning 90s actress, SABRINA FERILLI.