For the second time the festival is divided into two moments: from 18 to 23 July it is addressed to the sections ELEMENTS (3-12 years), while from 24 to 31 it is the turn of GENERATOR (13-18 years), GIFFONI MASTERCLASS and of the section for adults TROUBLED GAZE.
About 2800 jurors from 41 Countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Uzbekistan.
1st PART (Elements) 18-23 july
Elements +3 addressed to nursery school children (3-6 years), becomes competitive. International and European short animated films are the core of this section.
Elements +6 Competitive section addressed to 6 to 9 year old jurors. Feature films and short films modelled on the taste and sensitivity of this age group. German film HERE COMES LOLA! (winner of the section) is the perfect example of this genre.
Victory goes to German flick also in Elements +10 (10 to 12 years) with CROCODILES STRIKE BACK, sequel of "The Crocodiles", second place in Elements +6 in 2009.
2nd PART (Generator, Troubled Gaze, Masterclass) 24- 31 july
In Generator +13 (13-15 years) the films suggested are complex, dramas, heartbreaking but sometimes knowingly light. French flick OSCAR AND THE LADY IN PINK was the winner; The story of a terminally ill boy who finds an unusual companion in the pizza delivery woman in his journey towards death. Other interesting films in this section were: South-African German film LIFE, ABOVE ALL, Brazilian THE STORY OF ME, and French THE ROUND UP which opens in Italy in January 2011.
Generator +16 (16-17 years) New cinema which experiments and narrates the world of youth eliciting stimulating discussions and cultural short circuits. The themes are controversial according to some adults but very effective dealing with troubled teens. The winner is Australian BLESSED. But also Belgian film BO is acclaimed, it’s the story of a teenage girl who chooses to be an escort starting an inevitable hellish journey.
Troubled Gaze (18 years on) Students, teachers, parents, cinema lovers, foreign chaperons alike dig deep into all kinds of international flicks dealing with troubled childhood and adolescence. The winner is English short film TRANSIT, dealing with a child meeting an asylum seeker who is forced to go back to his own country – which for him is like a death sentence – and to leave the woman he loves.
Masterclass is a special section dealing with the magic of writing, theatre, direction, TV, cinema history which during the last edition saw the participation of PATRIZIO PAOLETTI, DAVIDE MARENGO, GIANNI MINÀ, GIUSEPPE PICCIONI, PIPPO DELBONO, MACCIO CAPATONDA, LIGABUE, GIOVANNI VERONESI, PUPI AVATI. Masterclass students had the chance to show their creative ability realizing promotional videos commissioned by Aifrance.
NON COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
Shorts of Love: short animated films for adults. offbeat L'ÉDUCATION SENTIMENTALE, was among the titles. The story of a romantic love jeopardized by a father.
Comizi d'Amore/Love Speeches: BUT FOREVER IN MY MIND (Italia 1999) by Gabriele Muccino, INCANTATO (Italia 2003) by Pupi Avati, NOT OF THIS WORLD (Italia 1999) by Giuseppe Piccioni, A SPECIAL DAY (Italia-Canada 1977) by Ettore Scola, LE NOTTI BIANCHE (Italia-Francia 1957) by Luchino Visconti: these are the films about love through several generations selected for this section in collaboration with Fondazione Cineteca Nazionale.
Heading South: addressed to young authors from the centre and South of Italy who made short films with great love and passion for cinema.
Amnesty International - Right To Love: Amnesty selected for the 2010 annual a short list of short films capable of dealing with delicate issues such as the right to be equal for people with disabilities, asylum seekers and refugees in films such as (disAbili, Rome and Ahmad’s Garden).
Reload: this section gives films which have already been screened second chance. It’s possible to see what is actually available in 35mm for cineforum and film shows for students.
The films selected for the past edition were: LITTLE NICHOLAS; WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; COSMONAUT; RAISE YOUR HEAD; THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING; LA FISICA DELL'ACQUA; DIARI; LA STRATEGIA DEGLI AFFETTI; LA PIVELLINA; MARPICCOLO.
Parental Control: Deals with parents. We have thought about a special programme for them (Valle cinema in the morining), dedicated to the themes of love and family relationships. It was a huge success.
Fantastic Previews: DESPICABLE ME, MARMADUKE, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE. Ancora in anteprima teaser e trailer di: ANIMALS UNITED, BENVENUTI AL SUD, HAYFEVER, A TURTLE'S TALE: SAMMY’S ADVENTURES, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, STEP UP – 3D, WINX CLUB 3D – MAGICAL ADVENTURE, DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT.
The Italian talent who came to celebrate the 40th anniversari of the festival were: LUCA ANGELETTI, AMBRA ANGIOLINI, MARCO BRENNO PLACIDO, SOFIA BRUSCOLI, CARLO BUCCIROSSO, MACCIO CAPATONDA, PIPPO DELBONO, SALVATORE FICARRA, VALENTINO PICONE, NUNZIO GIULIANO, GABRIELE GRECO, SABRINA IMPACCIATORE, LUCIANO LIGABUE, GIULIA LUZI, DAVIDE MARENGO, CATERINA MURINO, MICOL OLIVIERI, CLAUDIA PANDOLFI, PATRIZIO PAOLETTI, GIUSEPPE PICCIONI, ALESSANDRO PREZIOSI, ISABELLA RAGONESE, MICHELE RIONDINO, MARINA ROCCO, EMILIO SOLFRIZZI, FILIPPO VITTE, LUCA WARD. Amazing International honorees: SAMUEL L. JACKSON, JESSE MCCARTNEY, SUSAN SARANDON, SAM WORTHINGTON, CHLOE BRIDGES.
GIOVANNA MEZZOGIORNO awarded The special prize dedicated to Italian film legend Vittorio Mezzogiorno to Gianni Minà.
KIDS IN WONDERLAND
KIDS IN WONDERLAND Stage shows for children with amazing performances by Atmo from Perugina, Claudio Cinelli, from Firenze, Aida Foundation in Verona, Accademia Perduta from Ravenna, Compagnia Le nuvole from Napoli, Kismet Theatre from Bari and Osso Theatre from Avellino. Children listened, amazed to the readings by Luigi Dal Cin and Stefano Bordiglioni with music by the Salerno music academy which also performed: Pierino e il lupo and Disney sound tracks.
Great gigs at the Sordi Arena by: NEFFA, FINLEY, BAUSTELLE, CARMEN CONSOLI, EMMA MARRONE, BROKEN HEART COLLEGE, DARI, ELIO E LE STORIE TESE, LOST.