A total of four German feature-length films and two shorts are competing in the three competition sections of the Italian Giffoni Children's Film Festival (14.-21.7. 2001), one of the internationally most important events for children's and young people's films.
A particular feature of the festival is the fact that the sections' juries comprise children and young people of different age groups. They will decide on the awarding of the festival trophy, the "Golden Gryphon", to the following German films:
The sidebar "Early Screens" for children between eight and eleven years is showing DER MISTKERL by Andrea Katzenberger and the short THE SHARK AND THE PIANO by Gabriele Pennacchioli.
The section "Free to Fly" for young people between twelve and 14 years will present the short KLEINE FISCHE by Holger Ernst.
Meanwhile, no less than three German films can be seen in the section "Rear Window" for young people between 15 and 19: CRAZY by Hans-Christian Schmid, SUN ALLEY (SONNENALLEE) by Leander Haussmann and ALASKA.DE by Esther Gronenborn.
Only last year, two German entries were among the festival winners: DER SCHREI DES SCHMETTERLINGS by Frank Strecker was awarded a "Golden Gryphon" and the co-production QUIERO SER by Florian Gallenberger a "Silver Gryphon".