We never gave up and we continued to work, day after day, to build an edition that we like to define more punk, showing our community a proactive model of civil society and a serious alternative to the negligence and degradation that is tormenting our territory.
Despite all the obstacles and the difficulty of communicating with local institutions, the festival has been able to gather consensus and support at many different levels, and gain recognition from important institutions in Italy and around the world.
The 2021 edition of La Guarimba International Film Festival was awarded the Medal of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the Representation Award of the Chamber of Deputies for the La Grotta dei Piccoli section; received the High Patronage of the European Parliament, the Patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Patronage of the Province of Cosenza. The festival was possible thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the United States in Italy, in collaboration with the European Commission, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Austrian Culture Forum, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Italy, the Embassy of Switzerland for Italy, Malta and San Marino, the Embassy of the Lithuanian Republic in Italy, the Embassy of Ireland in Italy, the Embassy of Norway, the Embassy of Australia, the Embassy of Canada, Flanders State of Arts, the Polish Institute of Rome.
Among the sponsors of the private sector, GIPHY Arts, Durex, Colorificio VR, Unifrance, ZAI Urban Vinery and the local companies Amarelli, Fichi Marano and CONAD Campora S. Giovanni gave their contributions.
Among the project partners: Short Film Conference, Unicef Italia, Touring Club Italiano, Scuola Holden, Lithuanian Shorts, Karmala Cultura, GLAS Animation Festival, Interfilm Berlin, Tampere Film Festival and Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival.