Led by Claudio Gubitosi, the festival brought in a record number of young jurors from several countries to vote on 64 competition films in four sections: Kids (ages 6-9), First Screens (ages 9-12), Free to Fly (ages 12-14), Y Gen (ages 15-19).
This year's recipients of the the Golden Gryphon (the festival's top prize) are Mid Road Gang from Thailand by directors Pantham Thongsang and Somkiat Vithuranich in the Kids section (6-9 years olds). The film tells the story of six stray dogs in Bangkok.
Kidz in Da Hood from Sweden by Ylva Gustavsson and Catti Edfelt won the Golden Gryphon in the First Screen's (9-12) category. The film tells the story of nine-year old Amina who dreams of becoming a singer while she emigrates to Sweden to live with her grandfather - his unexpected death prompts her to hide from her neighbours inquisitive eyes while she waits for her residency permit - and take refuge with a tattooed rocker.
Free to fly's (12-14) Golden Gryphon winner was French submission Michou D'Auber by Thomas Gilou. The film is set in 1960 France where a French Algerian boy is placed in a French family - a couple which is about to spit up because they can't have children.
Y Gen's (15-19) Golden Gryphon went to the American director Todd Kessler's film Keith about straight-A student Nathalie who falls for a mysterious boy and has her life turned upside down.
The festival began in the 1970s as an experimental festival but has nowbecome an opportunity for directors to have contact with their coreaudience. Competition directors attend the festival and face seriousQ-and-A sessions with the youths following the film screenings.
The 37th edition also hosted guests like Danny De Vito andRoman Polanski; showed sneak previews of up coming Hollywoodblockbusters Ratatouille, The Simpson Movie and Shrek the Third and wasalso the launch pad for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.