This is the first annual taking place at the new Cinema Citadel. The GFF offices are moved to the new structure in february 2002.
Jurors come from Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lybia, Norway, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA.
GRAZIA'S ISLAND by Emanuele Crialese, already praised at Cannes is in competition, and the short film THE RED JACKET, Academy Award nominated as best short film at the 2003 Oscars. Other unforgettable films in this annual: BARAN by Majid Majidi, the winner SCARS and the intense ABANDONED.
JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS (UIP), LITTLE TOM THUMB (Lucky Red), RETURN TO NEVER LAND, SHAOLIN SOCCER and ASTERIX & OBELIX: MISSION CLEOPATRA (Buena Vista) are all premiered.
In the non-competitive Reload sections - films for youth and adults, - and Animated Nights - absolutely amazing animated short films.
For pre-school children the stage section IL POSTO DELLE FAVOLE, with 7 shows including two international ones for the younger children.
MERYL STREEP was the wonderful sponsor to this edition. Meeting her is for the jurors a wonderful, emotional expeirence. also MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF is in Giffoni (he takes part in the Y Gen debates), BRAD RENFRO and ANTON YELCHIN, who wins the Explosive Talent Award.
From Italy director ANTONIETTA DE LILLO and actors RAOUL BOVA, ALESSANDRO GASSMAN, VINCENZO SALEMME, EZIO GREGGIO, GIULIANA DE SIO, BEPPE FIORELLO, ANNA VALLE, CLAUDIA GERINI, MARTINA COLOMBARI, ENRICO BRIGNANO, LORENZO CRESPI, LUCA BARBARESCHI, PIERO CHIAMBRETTI.
Debating at Y-Gen MAURIZIO COSTANZO, LINUS, ANDREA MUCCIOLI, GIANCARLO NIVOLI, GENEVIÈVE MAKAPING, PAOLO APOLITO, ENNIO REMONDINO, ERNESTO OLIVERO, ANGELO MACCHIAVELLO, MARIO ORFEO, Mons. ANTONIO RIBOLDI, DOMENICO DE MASI.
Minister of Education MS Letizia Moratti meets Y Gen and the discussions are very lively and stimulating. Other politicians and Institutional guests are Mps Maurizio Gasparri and Nicola Bono, the Campania Region President Antonio Bassolino and Tourism councillor Teresa Armato, Maria Burani Procaccini, Child Commission President.
Mara Carfagna and Antonello Sarno host the night shows at the Sordi Arena.
GIFFONI MUSIC CONCEPT is hosted by Massimo Cotto, Rosita Celentano and Pupo and it hosts: GIORGIA, CARMEN CONSOLI, NEGRITA, DIROTTA SU CUBA, MAX PEZZALI, MAX GAZZÈ, YU YU, GAZOSA, TRICARICO, PACIFICO, LA CAMERA MIGLIORE.
The Festival takes part actively in two important social campaigns ON THE ROAD MOVIE (on road safety sponsored by Infrastructure Ministery) and O CI SEI O TI FAI (against drug addiction, in collaboration with Education Minister and chariy organizations).