1000 jurors from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Northern Ireland, Palestine, South Africa, Spain, USA.
There is one more competitive section from this year; so from 3 to 4 sections: Kidz (6-9 years), First Screens (9-12 years), Free to Fly (12-14 years), Y Generation (or Y Gen) (15 -19 years ). The latter is particularly interesting as there will be debates about this year's Theme.
Keisha Castle-Hughes, the protagonist of THE WHALE RIDER, in Free to Fly, has received a 2003 Academy award nomination for Best Actress. The quality of the films presented is extremely high (90 feature and short films, 63 are in competition) directed by directors such as Chen Kaige ("Farewell My Concubine") who brings TOGETHER to Giffoni or Andrew Davis ("The Fugitive") who presents HOLES at Y Gen.
I RAGAZZI DELLA VIA PÁL produced by Italian private network Mediaset and LIZZIE MCGUIRE distribuited by Buena Vista are premiered at the GFF.
The Theatre section IL POSTO DELLE FAVOLE becomes competitive for pre-school children; children from the Kidz section go to the shows.
Meeting JULIETTE LEWIS (“I hope to meke films these kids will be able to love dearly”), JON VOIGHT (“I am A "Giffonese" and am proud of it”) are unforgettable landmarks of this annual as the incredible 10 minute performance by IAN MCKELLEN sheer magic on the Arena stage.
International stars are sided by Italian actors and authors to make it a special annual: PUPI AVATI, PAOLO VIRZÌ, FERZAN OZPETEK, ANDREA e ANTONIO FRAZZI with writer DIEGO DE SILVA, ENRICO OLDOINI, MAURIZIO ZACCARO, FRANCESCO APOLLONI, ALESSANDRO HABER, NICOLETTA BRASCHI, NANCY BRILLI, GIORGIO PANARIELLO, NINO D'ANGELO, GIOBBE COVATTA, together with the new faces of Italian cinema: ALESSIO BONI, SILVIO MUCCINO, JASMINE TRINCA, GABRIEL GARKO, MARTINA STELLA, STEFANO PESCE, MARIA SOLE TOGNAZZI, NICOLAS VAPORIDIS. SABRINA PARAVICINI (who hosted the night shows at the Sordi Arena with "our" Manlio K), MARGOT SIKABONYI and PIETRO SERMONTI, LUCA ARGENTERO are huge Italian Tv stars are also at the GFF.
ALESSANDRO BERGONZONI, GENEVIÈVE MAKAPING, anthropologist PAOLO APOLITO, ROBERTA DAMIATA, MARIA DE FILIPPI, ENNIO REMONDINO meet Y Gen jurors enacting lively debates.
Institutions show their interest in the Giffoni Film Festival. Amongst GFF 2003 Institutional, political guests: Pier Ferdinando Casini (president of the House of commons), Clemente Mastella (deputy president of House of commonsi), Maurizio Gasparri (Minister of Comunication), Mario Tassone (Vice Minister of Infrastructures), Antonio Valiante (vice president of regional Government), Nicola Bono (Ministery of Cultural Heritagei), Stefano Caldoro (at the Ministery of Education), Maria Burani Procaccini and Roberto Centaro.
GIFFONI MUSIC CONCEPT, hosted by Massimo Cotto, awards the new songwriters of Italian music such as NICCOLÒ FABI, PAOLA TURCI, BANDABARDÒ, MORGAN, LUCA NESTI, CAPONE e BUNGTBANGT, CRISTINA DONÀ, ANDREA CARDILLO, LA CAMERA MIGLIORE. JORGE BEN JOR and SHAGGY care the two international music stars who get the arena dancing with two unforgettable performances.
The San Francesco monastery hosts the art exhibitions of the 33rd annual. 16 young artists exhibit their works interpreting youth and their relationships within families Un mondo di immagini per chi immagina il mondo. Art critic Massimo Duranti also supervises an exhibition sponsored by Alitalia. Massimo Troisi's bike from "The Postman" is also at the monastery (Thanks to the organizers of " Premio Troisi di San Giorgio a Cremano") together with some of Maestro Carlo Rambaldi's masterpieces such as the wonderful alien "Close encounters of the third type", E.T. prototypes and King Kong's mechanic arm.
The GFF also collaborates to projects aimet at helping young people understand the dangers involving them directly e.g. ON THE ROAD MOVIE (road safety together with the Ministery of Infrastructures), O CI SEI O TI FAI (against drug addictions with Education Office), GNAMFEST (for a Healthy dieting with Campania region), AMREF (helping Africa) and CIAL (recycling for a better future).