The eighth edition of La Guarimba film festival took place from the 7th to the 12th of August 2020 in Amantea, registering more than 3,000 admissions in 6 days, showing 170 short films from 54 countries.
The decision to organize the festival in this very challenging period, in the midst of a global pandemic and in a municipality closed for mafia infiltrations, proved to be a winner. A very polite audience was rigorous towards the anticovid rules, whilst showing enthusiasm about being able to return to share visions and enjoy a cinema experience under the stars. Never before has the mission to “bring cinema back to the people and people to the cinema” seemed essential and desirable as it was this year, rekindling the cinema in the city without theatres and helping to break the myth of Calabria as the land of the impossible. The 8th edition of La Guarimba not only offered to Amantea six evenings of open-air cinema, but it also led to a real battle of civilization and legality with success.
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2020 received the Representation Medal from the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, received the High Patronage of the European Parliament and the Patronage of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. It was funded by Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of the United States, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Sweden, the Representation of the Government of Flanders in Italy, the Rome Austrian Culture Forum and the Korean Cultural Institute, a sign of significant international cooperation and the main objective of the Festival, to convey culture to promote values of participatory democracy, integration, and accessibility.
An important contribution to the realization of the event are the sponsors from the private sector: GIPHY Arts, Mediacare Spa, G-Technology – the latter guarantees the hard drives to store and project the video material – and Mini, which made its contribution to the Festival providing two Mini Clubmen. Among the sponsors also Fichi Marano and Grafiche Calabria, two Calabrian companies that have decided to bet on the festival even in this particular historical moment.