Giffoni Film Festival

GFF // Giffoni Film Festival

48th edition

Jul 20 - Jul 28, 2020
Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Documentary, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Short
Genre Adventure, Comedy drama, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantasy, Foreign, Human rights, Independent, Kids, Live Action, Nature, , Social issues, War

Mission / description The Giffoni Experience was launched in 1971 for the promotion and development of cinema for young people. GEX is held every year in July and is characterized by a Jury solely composed of over 4700 children and youth from over 50 countries embracing all the world’s continents. The jurors are placed in 6 official competitive sections according to their age group. Since 2014 a further section dedicated to documentaries aimed at an audience of parents, teachers and festival goers was also added. The festival takes place in Giffoni, a small unassuming town, an hour drive from Naples, placed between the beautiful green Picentini hills and the wonderful Amalfi Coast.
The region is filled with interesting historical sites such as the Pompei ruins, the Paestum temples, and just a boat trip away from the breathtaking scenery of Capri and Ischia. The Festival is happy to host the directors of the films in competition who are invited to take part in the post screening Q&A session of their films with the young International jury. During their stay the filmmakers also have the opportunity to network with other industry people attending the event and visit the stunning sites the region has to offer.

Elements +3
International competition of short films for children (3-5 years old).
Funny stories, educational themes, different techniques, great masters and new artists are welcome.
Elements +6
International competition of feature and short films for children (6-9 years old).
Great adventures, school and family stories, film that aim at helping kids understand the world and its sometimes strange inhabitants.
Elements +10
International competition of feature and short films for children (10-12 years old). - Journeys into the world of adults or into the realms of magic, family affairs, problems at school or with their peers, kids rights, these are the kind of stories that seem to be the most appreciated in this section.
Generator +13
International competition of feature films for Youth (13-15 years old).
First love, search for one’s identity, friendships, farewell to one’s childhood, bullying, oppression or racism, the different colors of love, world history and big dreams are really common in this section.
Generator +16
International competition of feature films for Youth (16-17 years old).
Great passions, new experiences into the adult world, discoveries and fears, dreams that come true and dashed hopes, the end of school, new paths ahead, sunny teen days or broken friendships, this is the land of +16.
Generator +18
International competition of feature and short films about children and youth but aimed at an adult audience.
Secret lives of children and young people, tough truths behind closed doors, the amazing or painful perks of being young, finding love and trust in dark places. All this and more in the +18 section.
Gex Doc
International competition of documentaries (only feature length films) about children and youth. - The dark shadows behind youth, problematic childhoods, environment issues, history challenges, politics, equality and human rights issues, these are just some of the starting points of the Gex doc screenings and debates.
full text less text

Festival website

Rate Favorite Share


Description Three categories: +3 (3-5 years old); +6 (6-9 years old) and +10 (10-12 years old) for feature length and short films
Dates Open call: Nov 15, 2017

Regular deadline: May 31, 2018
Late deadline: May 31, 2018

Notification date: Jun 15, 2018
Plan OFF
Plan OFF
Full length
Plan ON
All lengths
Early bird deadline    2.99 EUR    5.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
Regular deadline    2.99 EUR    5.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
Latest deadline    2.99 EUR    5.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
Plan OFF prices include the FFL service fee; this is why a fee applies even for festivals without fees.
Plan ON prices guarantee the cheapest price among platforms.
Submitting with a Film Plan on FFL is cheaper than submitting 'for free' on other platforms.
Turn on your Film Plan now!
Restrictions Film mustn't have been finished before Dec 31, 2016
Film must be a national premiere (Only for Feature Length Films)
Category rules INTRODUCTION
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 48 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.


1.1 Elements +3 – competitive section for short animation movies for children from 3 to 5 years of age.

1.2 Elements +6 – competitive section for feature length films and short films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 6 to 9 years of age.

1.3 Elements +10 – competitive section for feature length films and short films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 10 to 12 years of age.

1.4 Generator +13 – competitive section for feature length films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 13 to 15 years of age.

1.5 Generator +16 – competitive section for feature length films (fiction and animation) for audiences from 16 to 18 years of age.

1.6 Generator +18 – competitive section for feature films and short films (the latter being solely animated movies) revolving around childhood but targeting older audience.

1.7 GEX Doc – competitive section for documentaries (only feature length films) about infanthood and coming of age.

1.8 Parental Control – international contest for fiction short films revolving around childhood but targeting older audience.

1.9 Masterclass Green – international competition of feature and shorts revolving around nature, environment and the protection of the Planet.

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, HDCAM (not SR), Blu-ray, DigiBeta.
File H264HD or Apple Pro-res format only for short films.


2.1 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;

2.2 For the Generator +13 and +16 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;

2.3 For the Generator +18 and Masterclass Green section the Jury is to be composed of teachers, university students and cinephiles who will award the Gryphon to the best feature film and to the best short film;

2.4 GEX DOC – a Jury composed of the general audience will award the Gryphon Award to the best documentary.

• The Juries’ decisions are unquestionable.


3.1 Terms and conditions for the admission to the selection. Only films produced after January 2017 ore released from June 2017 will be considered for selection and priority will be given to previously unedited films.
The deadline of DVDs, files or links submission to be included in the pre-selection is the 31st of May 2018.
All DVDs for the feature length films should be sent to the following address:

Via Aldo Moro 4
84095 Giffoni Valle Piana

THE SHORTS must be submitted mandatory through one of the platform on our website (FilmFreeway). The following step is to upload the films and provide all the required data. For any further information please contact

Materials for inclusion in the pre-selection must be sent at the expense of the participants. The DVDs of the Feature Length Films will be returned only if a specific request is made by the sender. 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.

3.2 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 15th of June 2018.

3.3 Materials. On receiving official notification of the film’s inclusion in competition, absolute priority must be given to the dispatch of the following materials:

• Online Link or File of the entire film with English Subtitles
These link/file shall be used for Italian subtitling if necessary, therefore screeners with watermarks are ok.
• 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 ftp)
• Posters, Brochures, Flyers
• Trailer (only for feature films) no longer than 2 minutes (by ftp or wetransfer)

Brochures, posters and flyers should be sent exclusively via courier, separately from the print, to the following address:

Via Aldo Moro 4
84095 Giffoni Valle Piana (SA)
Salerno - Italy

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.


3.4 Shipments. Any copies (both feature films and short films) for the official screening must be sent exclusively via courier service to the same address (see above) and the prints must arrive in the Festival’s office no later than the 12th July 2018.
• 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 link/file copy submitted for pre-selection.
• In the case of DCPs please consider the time needed to carry out tests and upload it. The copy must arrive within July 12. In the case of encrypted DCPs, a valid KDM must be sent for the following time frame: July 20 – July 28 2018.
• Any file for the official screenings can be sent to (feature films) or (short films) by July 12.


• The GFF foresees no cost for admission to the pre-selection.
• Shipment costs for films in pre-selection are to be covered by the participants
• 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 either on 35mm or Digital format to the Festival, in order to keep it at the Festival Archive. The copy will not be used for any commercial purposes.


5.1 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 3 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.

Submissions for this category are closed.