La Grotta Dei Piccoli – Children’s Animation Film Festival

La Grotta Dei Piccoli is born as part of the 2016 edition of La Guarimba International Film Festival, as an entirely child friendly zone with the intent of showing otherwise unknown films to new generations.

It’s a safe, friendly space that is entertaining and innovative.

Since 2017, the competition takes place within the festival in collaboration with UNICEF Italy, including 40 competing international short films.

In 2018 the synergy between Unicef Italia and La Guarimba was confirmed, and the selection was extended to 60 competing international short films.

In addition to the screenings, during the days of the festival we offer illustration, animation and happiness workshops.

We understand children’s and young people’s hunger for cultural innovation during these sensitive life stages and we want to accompany them in this new and necessary path, capable of developing creativity and discovering new fantasies, with a fundamental educational tool of social development.

To this day we suffer from the social divide that exists between the different Italian regions, and our goal is to give cultural dignity to the territory, where there is no healthy entertainment for children, cultural houses or libraries, places that have always been a symbol of social gathering and knowledge, so it is even more important for us to make culture accessible, paying particular attention to those who need it most.

Thus, the desire to be part of the solution was born, offering an alternative to the usual channels of consumption of audio-visual content.

The selected works have the objective of respecting the children and challenging them with sensitive themes and new narrative techniques, necessary for the development of creativity and critical sense, by still leaving them free to play and imagine “.

THE SPACE

At the entrance to Parco Della Grotta, parents will find qualified staff to entrust their children to. They will enjoy the cinema in complete safety, in a small festival designed just for them.

The shorts are screened in parallel with the official festival competition, in a space adjacent to the main screen.

We have created an area that is attentive to children’s freedom of movement, without neglecting the safety of the space.

Giant poufs offer the chance to enjoy cinema in an informal and playful environment, while the screen, speakers and professional projector offer both visual and auditory quality and safety.

Throughout the screening time, experienced staff will watch over the children, leaving them free but never alone.

THE TEAM

ALEX SPAGNOLO
Director of La Grotta dei Piccoli, Videoclip & Experimental Programmer

alex@laguarimba.com

Alex (Italy, 1993) is a Milan based graduate student of Economics and Business Administration with a lifelong fascination regarding the world of cinema, always trying to explores the relation between sound and images.
Since 2015 he started following private courses about the different roles inside the film industry, from screenplay to distribution (including classes with Luca Bigazzi, Alina Marazzi, Paolo Segat and more). He is the artistic director of La grotta dei piccoli and the programmer for the Music Videos & Insomnia section at La Guarimba International Film Festival.

SARA FRATINI
Co-Director, Animation Programmer
& Curator of the Illustration Exhibition “Artists For La Guarimba”
sara@laguarimba.com

Sara (Venezuela, 1985) grew up in Puerto Ordaz, in the south of Venezuela. She graduated in Fine Arts in Madrid and specialized in Nancy, France. Illustrator, street artist and cultural operator. She published the books “La Buena Vida” (Lumen – Penguin Random House, 2015) and “Una Tal Martina” (Lumen, 2016). She participated in the collective book “No te calles” (Nube de Tinta, 2018). There are many cities that host her murals.

MIKEL MURILLO
Brand Image & Graphic Design

Mikel (Spain, 1985) is an illustrator and comic artist. With a degree in Fine Arts, Mikel collaborates with different Spanish agencies and magazines. He also works in Connecting Brains, a company focused in graphic recording and visual thinking. Since 2013, Mikel is in charge of La Guarimba International Film Festival’s visual identity, making drawings and illustrations for its web and social media as well as for posters, catalogues and flyers.

THE WORKSHOPS

A fundamental part of the project is represented by the workshops which, starting from a non-formal educational path have the objective of showing the beauty of art to both adults and children. All is found within an open and collaborative context where we attempt to transmit values of participatory democracy, integration and accessibility.

THE TOUR

Every year, La Guarimba goes around the world with screenings, exhibitions, murals, workshops, socio-cultural and political conferences. One of the projects on tour is La Grotta dei Piccoli, below you can find past dates.

La Guarimba En Málaga – Málaga, Spain 24 NOVEMBER / 03 DECEMBER 2016

Animated Outskirts – Bari (Ba), Italy 13/15 OCTOBER 2017

Certamen Internacional de Cortos Ciudad de Soria – Soria, Spain – 12/26 NOVEMBER 2017

If you want to organize an event in your school, institute, festival or private event, write to us at alex@laguarimba.com

PAST EDITIONS