Each year, the small unassuming town of Giffoni Valle Piana becomes home to the Giffoni Film Festival, largest international children’s film festival, welcoming over 4,000 young people from around the world between the ages of three and 20. Located near Salerno and the enchanting Amalfi Coast, in the South of Italy Giffoni becomes a microcosm of world culture as attending children experience film from across the globe.
The festival’s principal goal is to promote quality cinema for today’s youth by introducing them to the fundamentals of filmmaking, creativity and cultural diversity. Giffoni’s jurors observe, judge, appreciate and criticize films that address both fantasy and real life issues. Guests are exposed to both the art and business of film as they interact with actors, directors, producers, writers.
In its 48th year, the 2018 GFF will take place July 20-28, welcoming kids from over fifty countries from every continent to watch and engage in the filmmaking process .
The Festival jurors are divided into 7 different categories in accordance to their age: Elements +3; Elements +6 and Elements +10; Generator +13; Generator +16; Generator +18 and Gex Doc
Giffoni allows youth the opportunity to share and express their ideas and views based upon their cultural upbringing. It also provides them a unique opportunity to interact with peers from countries such as Iran, Israel, France, Germany, South Africa and China; some of which will be experiencing film for the first time.
Actors, filmmakers and dignitaries that have participated in past festivals include:
Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Kit Harington, Bryan Cranston, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Nicholas Hoult, Sam Claflin, Richard Gere, Danny DeVito, Roman Polanski, Robert De Niro, Eva Mendes, Winona Ryder, Oliver Stone, Baz Luhrmann, Christina Ricci, Roberto Benigni, Jessica Alba, Logan Lerman, Alan Rickman, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Travolta, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Fonda, Jeremy Irons, Sir IanMcKellen, Meg Ryan, Elijah Wood, Jessica Biel, Kathy Bates, Tim Roth, Abigail Breslin, Anna Paquin, Dylan O’Brien, Lea Michele, Tom Felton, Gillian Anderson, Sir Ben Kingsley