Giffoni Film Festival

Europe’s largest film festival for children

Add This

Jules Pearson

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert


Giffoni Film FestivalI only say Giffoni Film Festival is Europe’s largest and not the world’s, because it has inspired – over its 40-year history – a number of similar events globally, which have grown to incredible proportions. The US hosts the Giffoni Hollywood Film Festival, and Argentina, Australia, India, Korea and China have all followed suit in hosting an amazing film frenzy that’s not only aimed at, but judged by, kids. 

Yet it all started in Italy back in 1971 – in the southern region of Campania, in the surroundings of Salerno, and in an unassuming town called Giffoni Valle Piana. Intrigued? Read on for my definitive guide to this fun-filled kids’ festival, and start planning your trip to Salerno today.

 

Giffoni Film Festival: everything you need to know


   

Giffoni Film Festival: history Giffoni Film Festival: history

Originally concocted by Claudio Gubitosi, an artful and ambitious youth who sought to create an exciting event for his home, the Giffoni Film Festival was pretty revolutionary in its beginnings – and continues to be today. Not only did Gubitosi want to showcase children’s world cinema (though he was limited in his selection at the start...); he sought to give power to the people he wanted to entertain – children were to judge and award the films, too. It was in 1982 that French filmmaker François Truffaut said “Of all the film festivals Giffoni is the most necessary”; and after that, it’s safe to say the then small event would never look back.

View villas in Salerno

 
   
 

   

Giffoni Film Festival: jurors Giffoni Film Festival: jurors

What Truffaut meant by those words was that culturally, the Giffoni Film Festival was – and is – pivotal: it’s important to let young people judge what’s being given to them, and to discuss and address their concerns, dreams and fantasies. Didn’t Whitney Houston tell us “they are the future” after all? But in all seriousness, all children between the ages of 3 - 18 are welcomed to register as jurors (the deadline is at the end of January), and will represent 50 different countries, spanning all continents. With over 500 jurors needed per section, the size of the jury has grown substantially over the decades, with 3,000 jurors expected in 2014.

View Salerno apartments

 
   
 

   

Giffoni Film Festival: competition Giffoni Film Festival: competition

Though originally there were just three categories (First Screens, Free to Fly and Y-Generation), today there are seven. The ‘Elements’ and ‘Generation’ divisions each have three categories, the first featuring cinema for children aged between 3 and 12, and the second dedicating two of its sections to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18. One is aimed at young people over the age of 18, and there’s a documentary field showing films about childhood and coming of age. After judging, each winner is awarded with a Gryphon.

View villas in Castellabate

 
   
 

   

Giffoni Film Festival: activities Giffoni Film Festival: activities

If selected, kids are sent a juror’s kit and instructions (for Mum and Dad, too!) before heading off to do business at the festival itself. But it’s not all about watching films when they get there; they’ll play games and take part in workshops, too. Oh, and perhaps meet some superstars on the red carpet. In the past, Robert De Niro, Roman Polansky, Jeremy Irons, Danny De Vito and John Travolta have visited, and Meryl Streep is set to attend in 2014. The theme for this year is “Be Different”, and it will take place from the 18 - 27 July.

View Policastro Bussentino Rentals

 
   
 

   

Giffoni Film Festival: location Giffoni Film Festival: location

Though Giffoni Valle Piana is a town of just 11,000 inhabitants, it’s situated in one of Italy’s most beautiful and fascinating regions. With the Amalfi Coast and the isles of Ischia and Capri to discover one day, and the incredible remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum the next, you can expect nothing short of stunning scenery, ancient history and amazing attractions. If you’re little ones are lucky enough to judge, you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime. Check out the Giffoni Film Festival’s website here, for more information on what’s set for 2014.

View holiday homes in Naples

 
   


Images

Main image and image 3 © Rossella Veltrano

Image 1 and 2 © Naud/

Image 4 © matteomerletto

 

Holiday Rentals in Naples

A charming villa in a tranquil location with great views

You will find Villa Saretta in a rural setting, right in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula. The villa is a perfect base for your holiday, whether you are looking for a peaceful bolthole in which to relax, or you wish to explore the attractive to...

Gorgeous Villa in Sorrento Peninsula. 230m² with garden&pool

Villa Sara is an attractive, elegant two-storey villa situated in the centre of Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, one of the best-known resorts of the Sorrento Peninsula. It measures around 230 m2 and can host up to 10 persons. You will be staying in the ...

Great outdoor living in this simply breathtaking villa

Villa Pisani is a stunning property, set midway on a hillside, with wonderful views over the Bay of Naples and the Island of Capri. The villa is surrounded by two acres of olive and fruit trees, blending seamlessly into the Mediterranean countrysi...

Relax and enjoy the view in this peaceful village location

Priora, near Sorrento Villa Priora is in the quiet village of the same name, in a peaceful side street far away from the noise of traffic, yet just 5km from Sorrento. Set amidst terraced gardens with olive trees and flowers spilling from containe...

A short stroll to the warm waters of the Amalfi Coast

Villa Rita is an exclusive development of just five holiday apartments, in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula. The villa is just a few moments drive from the delightful village of Nerano and the beautiful fishing harbour of Marina del Cantone; on...
italyFrance Valle d'Aosta Piedmont Lombardia Lombardy Emilia Romagna Switzerland Trentino Alto Adige Austria Veneto-Venice Friuli Venezia Giulia Slovenia Slovenia Croatia Tuscany Marche Umbria Lazio Sardinia Abruzzo Molise Puglia Campania Basilicata Calabria Sicily Europe Stati Uniti World

 


Search for holiday rentals
Search for holiday ideas
 

Special offers and late deals

Sign up to our newsletter

Our latest updates and special offers, direct to your inbox


Related Articles



Other Categories



Popular Articles