Edition 2018

La Guarimba is a vessel full of ideas and talented people, a safe place where professional and personal relationships happen. This year we managed to put on the festival in spite of the sad national and local political climate, between sick bureaucracy and insults regarding our work on the territory. I’ve been able to move forward thanks to the wonderful team who always have my back, composed of people from all around the world who invest love and hard work in this project. Our ways have been worth it: we’ve received more than 1500 short films from all over the world which made it possible to create a selection of 68 works for the Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Video-clip and Experimental competitions; we’ve received the recognition from the Calabria Region as a historic event and from MIBACT as a film festival; more than 160 people sent their application to volunteer and we managed to create an awesome multicultural team. I want to thank everyone who believed in the cultural, economic and social importance of an international film festival with free entry in a small town in the South of Italy. Thank you for giving us the feeling of not being alone, because the fight can only be successful if done together and we believe that culture is the best way to transmit values of participative democracy, integration and accessibility. Long live La Guarimba, long live our Safe Place, long live Cinema as a social act.

The sixth edition of La Guarimba offered to the city of Amantea screenings under the stars, workshops for children and social gatherings for all the industry members attending.


The first edition of INSOMNIA, an experimental program screened at 3AM at the beach.

The third edition of La Grotta dei Piccoli got the support of UNICEF ITALIA.

The concert of Kya Loum from Senegal.

The cinema residency project continued with the production of two films: one by Nils Clauss and another by Vincent Moon.

A site specific research experience based on recordings that VINCENT MOON made on the previous days of the festival in the region of Calabria produced by La Guarimba.

The Vimeo Networking Aperitif for industry members with the conferences of Vice Italy, Jude Dry (Indiewire) and Sam Morrill (Vimeo), the dj set of Vincent Moon and the concert of Kya Loum.

The Conference “Young African Filmmakers and the future of African Cinema” with Djia Mambu (VisuElles), Keba Danso (Karmala Cultura) and Sara Fratini (La Guarimba).

Pasta and wine: an italian lunch offered by our friends at AUSER for everyone attending La Guarimba. A great excuse for networking and falling in love with Italy.

A day at the beach monkeying around.


15 Artists. 1 Monkey. An awesome art exhibition in the heart of La Guarimba. Curated by Sara Fratini


DJIA MAMBU (Congo) Journalist and manager for VisuElles

Jude Dry (USA) Journalist for Indiewire

Thomas Horat (Switzerland) filmmaker


MEDIA 2018