Monday, 05 October 2020 14:45

Cinema and digital, a success that overcomes distance: the eighth edition of Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival wraps up

Once again, cinema becomes a meeting point for generations, overcoming obstacles and facing the challenges of our time: the eighth edition of the Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, the event held in Skopje, with jurors attending both physically and online, and organized by the Giffoni Opportunity together with the Planet M association, has ended.
Co-funded by the National Cinema Agency of North Macedonia, by the Macedonian Department of Culture, with the contribution the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities - Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual – from Italy and supported by the Embassy of Italy in Skopje, the project included a jury of two hundred children divided into: juniors (from 10 to 14 years old), cadets (from 14 to 16 years old) and seniors (from 16 to 19 years old), supported by the Macedonian and foreign hubs. Sixty jurors represented the various international delegations, including 15 Italian youth connected online from the Blue and Green Theatres of the Giffoni Multimedia Valley.
Divided between cadets and seniors, Simona Arciello, Nicola Bottiglieri, Andrea Brancaccio, Gabriella Casciello, Anna Di Muro, Giacomo Gabola, Paolo Giannattasio, Racheleantonia Russo, Mario Marcello Cesaro, Nicola Di Meo, Francesco Gabola, Giulia Mancino, Clarissa Russomando, Daniela Senatore and Giacomo Vassallo voted for the films in competition, participated in the masterclasses and echanged ideas with their peers in connection from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Macedonia.
«I was sure that this edition would have been exciting and engaging despite the current health emergency - said the creator and director of Giffoni Opportunity, Claudio Gubitosi - the challenge, which began eight years ago, is now a consolidated reality that rests on the energy of the young people and their desire for the future. the attention and affection that we have been shown over time has been overwhelming: I am thinking of the excellent work done by Darko Basheski, director of Giffoni Macedonia and Dea Krstevska, program director. In particular I would like to thank the Italian Ambassador in Skopje, Carlo Romeo, a man of extraordinary sensitivity and vision who has always followed the activities of Giffoni in North Macedonia with interest and participation. Supporting this appointment was necessary and we could only do this by exporting the #Giffoni50 model: a formula that not only works but has proven to be able to overcome any barrier and offer young people opportunities for dialogue and discussion, while we wait to be able to have them back again in the theatres».
Three winning films: MIO FRATELLO RINCORRE I DINOSAURI by Stefano Cipani (Italy, juniors); LA VIDA SENSE LA SARA AMAT by Laura Jou (Spain, cadets) and NOTRE-DAME DU NIL by Atiq Rahimi (France, seniors). For the short films category, the following triumphed: LUCE & ME by Isabella Salvetti (Italy, juniors) and THE SUIT by Maurizio Ravallese (Italy, cadets and seniors). In the animated section, NESTLING by Marat Valerievich Narimano (Russia) won, while for the shorts made by the students (voted by Cadets and Seniors) the choice fell on THROUGH THE LENS OF DESIRE by Roze Simonovska.
Darko Basheski, director of Giffoni Macedonia was also satisfied: «We took a risk: we set up a digital platform never experienced before and we proposed a full program, with four films per category, in addition to short films, eight workshops and two masterclasses every day. We did not know how this “different” version would be accepted and the feedback we received surprised us positively - he clarified - Not only did the children actively participate with enormous interest in all the online activities, but also in the evening screenings outdoors. We thank our friends of Giffoni Opportunity for their precious collaboration, support and active participation in this edition of Giffoni Macedonia. Special thanks to director Claudio Gubitosi for giving our jurors an hour and a half of experience and wisdom. His advice on how to have the courage to listen and give voice to your ideas was an extra incentive to continue on their path, the one they have undertaken by becoming giffoners. Once again, therefore, the Giffoni model has proved to be a winner».
On the final day of the festival, which saw the virtual participation of director Chiara Rapisarda, author of the short L'OSPITE, the two jurors who will be part of the Macedonian delegation in the international jury of the 51st edition of Giffoni Film Festival were announced : Kaja Domazetovska and Milena Kosovska, in addition to Marija Nikolaevska and Mila Naumovska, already selected in 2019.
«This year has been anomalous, but it has brought us some interesting things. Obviously nothing can replace being together, however, some innovations that we have introduced and experimented with in this online edition have passed the test brilliantly and I do not see why they should not be kept as a practice also for the future, when the festival will return to the theatre - commented the program director, Dea Krstevska - Among these, the online participation of jurors from other countries, who in previous years did not come to Skopje due to logistical difficulties. Giffoni Macedonia has proven that distance can be overcome thanks to technology and that collaboration and friendships know no obstacles».

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