Call for film entries GFF

The 50plus edition of the Giffoni Film Festival is confirmed and it will be both physical and online.
Due to the Covid-19 emergency, and in order to make it the safest possible for everyone concerned, we have decided to decrease the number of jurors and audience attending the Festival. Therefore, some of the screenings, at the discretion of the Direction of the Festival, will be both physical and online. The handlers of the selected films shall receive further information on the platform used for the event in due time.
The participation in the Giffoni Film Festival entails the acceptance to present the films online as well as in the theatre.


The Giffoni Film Festival is organised by the independent Association: “Ente Autonomo Giffoni Experience”, a non-profit Association that was constituted in 1973. It is co-financed by the Campania Regional Government and the Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture, supported by the Municipality of Giffoni Valle Piana. Other associations, organisations, institutions and private sponsors also support the Festival.

For over 50 years the Festival has acted as a sounding board for cinema production destined for children and young people. It represents the ideal place for vivacious confrontation between filmmakers, producers and distributors and also provides a bridge between the sector’s production universe and its target audience. The Festival also aims to promote the knowledge and circulation of products of high artistic value, capable of contributing to the formation and cultural growth of a mature critical conscience in young people. 


    1. Elements +3 – competitive section for short animation movies for children from 3 to 5 years of age.
    2. Elements +6 – competitive section for feature length films and short films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 6 to 9 years of age.
    3. Elements +10 – competitive section for feature length films and short films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 10 to 12 years of age.
    4.  Generator +13 – competitive section for feature length films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 13 to 15 years of age.
    5.  Generator +16 – competitive section for feature length films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 16 to 18 years of age.
    6.  Generator +18 – competitive section for feature films revolving around childhood but targeting older audience.
    7.  GEX Doc – competitive section for documentaries (only feature length films) about infanthood and coming of age.
    8.  Giffoni Short Films Festival – made up of an international competition for fiction, animation, experimental, music & dance video and VR short films revolving around children, youth and young adult for an audiences from 13 years old. (October)
    9.  Verde Giffoni – competitive and not competitive section for films and documentaries (short and feature films) revolving around environment protection, eco-sustainability, climate for an audience from 16 years. (November)

Short films must not run for more than 30' while feature length films must run for at least 60'.
Preferred formats are as follows: DCP, Blu-ray, File H264HD or Apple Pro-res format.


    1. For the Elements competitive sections the Jury is to be composed of children (800 circa per section) who will award the Gryphon to the best feature film and to the best short film.
    2.  For the Generator competitive sections the International Jury is to be composed of teenagers from all over the world (500 circa per section) who will award the Gryphon to the best feature film.
    3.  GEX DOC – a Jury composed of general audience will award the Gryphon Award to the best documentary.
    4.  For the Giffoni Short Films Festival the Jury is to be composed of teenagers, teachers, cinephiles and general audience who will award the Gryphon to the best short film.
    5.  Verde Giffoni – a Jury composed of teenagers and general audience will award the Gryphon Award to the best film and to the best short film.

      • The Juries’ decisions are unquestionable.


    1. Terms and conditions for the admission to the selection. Only films produced after January 2020 or released from June 2020 will be considered for selection and priority will be given to previously unedited filmsONLY FOR FEATURE LENGTH FILMS: the film presentation at any other italian film festival or its theatrical or broadcasting on television in italy will exclude it from participating in the giffoni film festival.
      The deadlines of files or links submission to be included in the pre-selection for the
      Giffoni Film Festival is the 31st of May 2021.
      Giffoni Short Films Festival is the 10th of September 2021.
      Verde Giffoni is the 8th of October 2021.
      THE SHORTS  must be submitted mandatory through the platform on our website (Eventival or FilmFreeway). The following step is to upload the films and provide all the required data. For any further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      Our Association will keep a copy of each film, which will then be kept in our Cine Library and used exclusively for cultural and educational reasons.

    2.  Selection terms. The selection will take place under the unquestionable judgment of the Festival’s Artistic Management who will communicate the results exclusively to the production and distribution companies of the films selected:
      no later than the 18th of June 2021 for the Giffoni Film Festival
      no later than the 20th of September 2021 for the Giffoni Short Films Festival.

      no later than the 18th of October 2021 for the Verde Giffoni.

    3.  Materials. On receiving official notification of the film’s inclusion in competition, absolute priority must be given to the dispatch of the following materials:
      - File of the entire film with English Subtitles
        These file shall be used for Italian subtitling if necessary, therefore screeners with watermarks are ok.
      - Entry form (to be completed online on the platforms provided on our website)
      - Biography, filmography and photograph of the Director (by e-mail)
      - Director’s notes on the film (by e-mail)
      - Complete list of dialogues in English and/or a list of subtitles (by e-mail)
      - Slides or photographs from the film (by e-mail or dropbox)
      - Posters and Brochures
      - Trailer (only for feature films) no longer than 2 minutes (by ftp or wetransfer)
      Note: In order to promote the film in competition, it is essential that the production company give their authorisation for a maximum of 2’ (max. 30” for short films) of scenes taken from the film to be broadcast on National and International television.

    4. Shipments. Any copies (both feature films and short films) for the official screening must be sent as a file (Ftp/Aspera link/Dropbox, etc.) to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or as a physical DCP (the latter only for feature films) via courier service to the address below and the copies must arrive to the Festival’s office no later than 7 days before the beginning of each Festival.

Piazza Giffoni Film Festival
84095 Giffoni Valle Piana

      • All shipments from NON-EU MEMBER STATES must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice indicating for customs purposes only, a value of no more than $10USD for feature films and $5USD for short films and indicate clearly in writing the following “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY”. At the same time the sender must ensure that an e-mail containing the title of the film, the number of packages, the date and coordinates of the shipment (AWB number) is received in the Office of the Festival’s Artistic Secretary.
      • All the films in competition will be screened in original language with the addition of electronic subtitles (with the exception of the Elements +3 and Elements +6 sections, for which a voice-over system will be adopted).
      • The prints must be subtitled in English if they come from non-Anglophone countries.
      • The official copy must be identical to the copy submitted for pre-selection.
      • In the case of DCPs please consider the time needed to carry out tests and upload it.
        In the case of encrypted DCPs, a valid KDM must be sent for the whole duration of each Festival.
      •  Any file for the official screenings can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (feature films) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (short films).


      • The GFF foresees no cost for admission to the pre-selection.
      • All shipment expenses for the films selected for competition, as well as those incurred for their return to their country of origin, will be covered by the GFF. In case the copy of the films is shipped from/to another Festival, we shall cover the cost of only one track.
      • Travel Insurance. The expedition of the prints to and from Giffoni is to be covered by participants. The Festival takes care of insurance for the period of the goods’ stay in Giffoni. The insurance value will not be higher than the cost of re-printing a copy according to the going rate in Italy.
      • Producers and distributors of the winning films are kindly asked to hand a copy of the title on Digital format to the Festival, in order to keep it at the Festival Archive. The copy will not be used for any commercial purposes.

5. DELEGATIONS PARTICIPATION (only if the Covid-19 measures will allow us to host foreign and/or Italian guests)

    1. TRAVELLING EXPENSES. The Giffoni Film Festival will cover the cost of economy class flight tickets exclusively for the Directors of the feature films in competition.
      - Hospitality (B/B and dinners) is foreseen for the Directors and for a representative of the production/distribution company of each feature film in all the competitive sections (the hospitality goes from the day before the screening to the day after the Award Ceremony).
      - Hospitality (B/B and dinners) for a maximum of 2 nights is foreseen for the Directors of the short films in all the competitive sections.

      N.B. The Production and Distribution Companies of the films selected are invited to support the participation of their films at the GFF by sustaining the attendance of the leading actors from their films to whom we will be happy to offer accommodation to (B/B and dinners).


      • Entrance into one of the GFF’s competitive sections entails unconditional acceptance of the Festival’s regulations. It is strictly the producers, distributors or any other subjects’ responsibility to guarantee that they are authorized to submit the films at GFF.
      • This list of regulations has been drawn up in both the Italian and English languages. If problems of interpretation should arise the version in Italian will prevail.
      • The management of the GFF is allowed to take decisions that are not foreseen in the above regulations and to change the regulations in special cases. 
      • The Court of Salerno is regarded as the competent authority for all eventual controversy.

Giffoni, February 2021