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Giffoni kids around for L.A. film fest

Event includes three-week master class, gala

ROME — Italy’s venerable Giffoni Film Festival for children will unspool in Hollywood for a second time next spring, and it plans to add two events to the lineup.

Fest will include a three-week master class at the Los Angeles Film School for 30 European cinema school students, Giffoni’s artistic director Claudio Gubitosi said Monday, during the weeklong Italo fest, which kicked off Saturday.

It also will organize an “Oscar”-style gala for kids at the Kodak Theater, Steven Paul of Crystal Sky announced in a statement issued at the Italo festival. Paul produced the first Giffoni Hollywood in April. Thesp Jon Voight is the a.d. of the U.S. edition, and he will work with established partners Paramount, Nickelodeon, Buena Vista, Virgin, Warner Bros. and Universal. Fest organizers plan to meet in Los Angeles in September to cement their plans.

Giffoni Hollywood will have three sections: First Screens for auds age 9-12, Free to Fly for ages 12-14 and Y Gen for the 15-19 crowd.

Films for the U.S. edition will be “selected respecting the local climate and laws, and above all, respecting the kids,” Gubitosi said.

Italy’s 35th Giffoni, unspooling in Giffoni Valle Piana near the Amalfi coast, brings 1,500 children from all over the world to act as jurors in competitive sections. The L.A. edition plans to host 200 young jurors.

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