Gif­foni Film Fes­ti­val

Now in its 46th con­sec­u­tive year, the in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val for chil­dren is once again set to en­thrall its young au­di­ences

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Ci­lento hosts the 46th edi­tion of the in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val for chil­dren and teenagers

The Gif­foni Film Fes­ti­val, ded­i­cated to the pro­duc­tion of in­ter­na­tional films for chil­dren and teenagers, is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 46th an­niver­sary. Based on an idea by Clau­dio Gu­bitosi, its artis­tic di­rec­tor since its in­cep­tion in 1971, the Fes­ti­val has con­trib­uted to re-launch­ing a genre that is of­ten over­looked by film­mak­ers, namely films for chil­dren. In fact, after start­ing out as a small event, it has now gained in­ter­na­tional scope. A jury of al­most 4,000 in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple judge high-qual­ity films from all over the world, trans­form­ing the Fes­ti­val into one-of-a-kind ob­ser­va­tory at which new trends, con­cepts and the cul­tural and so­cial evo­lu­tion of younger gen­er­a­tions is show­cased. The theme of the 2016 edi­tion is ‘Des­ti­na­tions’. Above all, the in­di­vid­ual des­ti­na­tions of chil­dren to whom Gif­foni of­fers a chance for en­fran­chise­ment from the parental world, a ‘safe’ kind of free­dom. Chil­dren’s jour­ney to Gif­foni serves as a means of ques­tion­ing and ‘find­ing’ them­selves, a chance to ex­press who they re­ally are. But des­ti­na­tions are also col­lec­tive be­cause no-one ever trav­els alone, even when they might be. There is al­ways a men­tor to show them the way and, in Gif­foni, their men­tors are the films in com­pe­ti­tion be­cause there is noth­ing bet­ter than a good movie to show you the way. And the ju­rors’ cases are al­ways half empty, with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence in­side, but big enough to wel­come new ad­ven­tures. In or­der to go to beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tions you need to make sure your suit­cases are filled with beauty and this is Gif­foni’s end goal. The pro­gram fea­tures nu­mer­ous events: while many of them are only ac­ces­si­ble to the judges, other spe­cial events are open to the pub­lic sub­ject to reser­va­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, we sug­gest vis­it­ing the event’s web­site list­ing the fes­ti­val’s en­tire pro­gram. The im­age of the 46th edi­tion of the Fes­ti­val was de­signed by Gary Base­man, an illustrator and car­toon­ist, named one of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world of en­ter­tain­ment by Weekly En­ter­tain­ment mag­a­zine.

>> From 15 to 24 July >> Cit­tadella del Cinema, via Aldo Moro, 4, Gif­foni Valle Piana (Salerno). >> T: 0898023001 >> www.gif­fonifilm­fes­ti­

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