The Giffoni Film Festival, Italy's international youth-orientated event, has unveiled its full three-tiered competition line-up, which includes Ken Loach's Cannes prize-winner Sweet Sixteen, Chinese director Li Jixian's A High Sky Summer and Kirsten Sheridan's Irish hit Disco Pigs.
Other hot titles to be judged by the 1,000 international school children who will act as jurors, include Emanuele Crialese's Cannes critics week winner, Respiro - Grazia's Island, Catch That Girl (Klatretosen), Danish director Hans Fabian Wullenweber's debut in which a thirteen-year-old girl robs a bank to save her father's life and New Zealand director Mark J. Gordon's Her Majesty, about a young girl who must choose between the chance to personally meet her idol, Queen Elizabeth, during a ceremonial parade and her loyalty to an old Maori woman.
Out-of-competition previews screening at the festival, which runs from July 20th to July 27th in Giffoni Valle Piana, between Naples and the Amalfi coast, include Stephen Chow's mega-hit Shaolin Soccer, Alain Chabat's Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra and animation feature Jimmy Neturon: Boy Genius.
The festival will be opened by Meryl Streep, who like other guests will be attending without a film to promote, and will also host Iran's Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Italian star Raoul Bova and ET creator Carlo Rambaldi, who is donating a large collection of monster artifacts and drawings to Giffoni's brand new $7m Citadel of Cinema.
Full competition line-up:
An Angel For May, Harley Cokeliss, UK
Baran, Majid Majid, Iran
We Need A Vacation (Fais Moi Des Vacances), Didier Bivel, France
Gabriel And Me, Udayan Prasad, UK
Scars (Glasskar), Lars Berg, Norway-Sweden
Her Majesty, Mark J. Gordon, New Zealand
Respiro - Grazia's Island, Emanuele Crialese, Italy
The Only Journey Of His Life (To Monon Tis Zois Tou Taxidion), Lakis Papastathis, Greece
Abandoned (Torzok), Arpad Sopsits, Hungary
A High Sky Summer (Wang Shouxian De Xia Tian), Li Jixian, China
Catch That Girl (Klatretosen), Hans Fabian Wullenweber, Denmark
The Mysterious Miss C (La Mysterieuse Mademoiselle C.), Richard Ciupka, Canada
Rolli (Rolli Ja Metsanhenki) Olli Saarela, Finland
Thunderpants, Peter Hewitt, UK
Little Big Girl (Ulvepigen Tinke), Morten Kohlert, Denmark
Help, I'm A Boy!, (Verzauberte Emma - Hilfe, Ich Bin Ein Junge...!), Oliver Dommenget, Germany
A Walk To Remember, Adam Shankman, USA
De La Calle, Streeters, Gerardo Tort, Mexico
Disco Pigs, Kirsten Sheridan, Ireland
Engel+Joe, Vanessa Jopp, Germany
'Fate' Come Noi, Francesco Apolloni, Italy
Julietta, Christoph Stark, Germany
No Regrets (Nichts Bereuen), Benjamin Quabeck, Germany
Sweet Sixteen, Ken Loach, UK