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Second Annual Giffoni Hollywood Film Festival Celebrates Child and Teen Filmmmakers From Around the World

Celebrities Including Jon Voight, Will Smith and Paula Abdul Among

Participants in Week's Activities

LOS ANGELES, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids from around the globe and

the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will take Tinseltown by

storm during the second annual Giffoni Hollywood Film Festival, April 24-29

at Hollywood & Highland Center, just steps from the renowned Hollywood Walk

of Fame.

Closed to the general public, Giffoni Hollywood is an extraordinary

festival that unites and inspires children and teens from around the world

through the power of cinema. What sets this festival apart from the others

is that the jury is comprised of children. There will be 15 short films

made by kids, bringing to life the art of cinema as seen through the eyes

of an adolescent. In addition, 15 feature-length films made by professional

filmmakers will be screened and voted on.

This year's participating jurors comprise students from six Los Angeles

Unified schools and 36 international students representing Albania,

Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy and Spain.

Furthermore, 1,500 students enrolled in LAUSD's Beyond the Bell

after-school program have been invited to participate in the award ceremony

and a special screening of the film, Hoot.

While the qualifying films are fun and educational, they must be

focused on diversity, tolerance and education. There are three categories

interested filmmakers can enter -- Dare to Dream is for nine to 11 year

olds, Reach the Sky is for 12 to 14 year olds and Make it Happen is for 15

to 17 year olds. Each category has a panel of jurors that will decide on

the Best Feature Film. As for deciding on the festival's overall Best Short

Film, the collaborative panel Seeds of Celebration, comprised of nine to 17

year olds, will announce the winner.

"We all possess the power of storytelling from a very young age," said

Steven Paul, co-founder of Giffoni Hollywood. "We are providing the

inspiration and opportunity for these students -- regardless of nationality

or ethnicity -- to showcase their talents and to share their stories with

the world."

From classes and fieldtrips to celebrity-hosted events, students will

follow a schedule of activities that only Hollywood can offer -- film

screenings, red carpet events, celebrity sightings and meeting people from

around the world. Following is a snapshot of the week's scheduled

activities for Giffoni Hollywood:

-- Monday, April 24

* All day: The international students arrive in the United States

* Evening: Students will have dinner at Disneyland

-- Tuesday, April 25

* 9 a.m. -- Participants will travel to Disneyland for Team

Building Day

* 1:30 p.m. -- Students visit the set of American Idol

* 5 p.m. -- Special meet and greet at the Giffoni Club

-- Wednesday, April 26

* 9 a.m. -- Students tour Universal Studios

* 4 p.m. -- Special screening at Grauman's Chinese Theater

* 6 p.m. - Dinner hosted by Wolfgang Puck at Hollywood & Highland

-- Thursday, April 27

* 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Film Screenings at Grauman's Chinese Theater

* 5 p.m. -- Bowling and dinner at Lucky Strike hosted by Will Smith

-- Friday, April 28

* 9 a.m. -- Film Screenings at Grauman's Chinese Theater

* 5 p.m. -- Taste of Italy dinner and Music night at Hollywood &

Highland with Paula Abdul

-- Saturday, April 29

* 3 p.m. -- Award Ceremony at Kodak Theater

* 6 p.m. -- After party at Hollywood & Highland

For find more information, a list of activities or to request press

credentials, please visit http://www.giffonihollywood.com.

About Giffoni Hollywood

Giffoni Hollywood brings the 35-year tradition of the Giffoni

International Film Festival to Hollywood, the world's entertainment

capital. Based in Giffoni, Italy, the Giffoni International Film Festival

is considered the largest children's film festival in Europe, welcoming

more than 1,000 children and teens from 30 countries around the world. Now,

in only its second year in the U.S., Giffoni Hollywood has attracted some

of the largest international companies and brands as festival sponsors,

including Washington Mutual, Virgin Atlantic, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and

The Walt Disney Company, among others.

Contact: Kristen Banach, Porter Novelli



Corie Jackson, Porter Novelli



SOURCE Giffoni Hollywood

Web Site: http://www.giffonihollywood.com

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*lucky kids they get to bowl with Will lol

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