Category Archives: Venice International Film Festival

John Landis to reside over Venice Virtual Reality Jury

Posted by Larry Gleeson

John Landis, American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer who got his start in the mail room at 20th Century- Fox has been tabbed to be the President of the Venice Virtual Reality International Jury over the new competition for virtual reality (VR) films: Venice Virtual Reality.

Last year I witnessed the world premiere presentation of the first feature length VR film (Jesus VR). This year there will be up to 18 VR films in the Venice Virtual Reality competition at the newly constructed VR Theater inside the Palazzo del Casinò, Lido di Venezia. The competition will be held from August 31st through September 5th, 2017.


Last year the screening of several experimental films as well as the world premiere of the first feature length VR film, Jesus VR, aroused enormous interest among participants. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)


The members of the International Jury of the Venice Virtual Reality section are:

· The American director John Landis (President  of the Jury), a key figure in American cinema for the past forty years. Landis has influenced generations of filmmakers with his movies, which include Animal HouseTheBlues BrothersAn American Werewolf in LondonTrading PlacesInto the Night, one of his most famous movies, will be screened in its restored version in Venice this year. In 2008 Landis was a jury member for the Competition at the 65thVenice Film Festival.

· The French screenwriter and director Céline SciammaNaissance des pieuvres, her first film, was presented in Cannes in 2007, as was Bande de filles seven years later. She became famous with her second feature film, Tomboy, presented in Berlin and the winner of many awards. Her screenplays include Ma vie de courgette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

· The actor and director Ricky Tognazzi. He won a Silver Bear for Best Director with Ultrà, tying with The Silence of the Lambs, and a David di Donatello in the same category, a feat he repeated two years later with La scorta, which participated In Competition in Cannes. In 2011, he presented Tutta colpa della musica in Venice. He has performed in movies such as Una storia semplice and Caruso Pascoski di padre polacco.


The Jury of Venice Virtual Reality will award, with no ex-aequo awards permitted, the following prizes: Best VR, Best VR experience (for interactive content), Best VR story (for linear content).


Stay tuned for more on Venice Virtual Reality!


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(Sourced from the Biennale Press Office)


Annette Bening to serve as the President of the Venice 74 Film Jury

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 74th Venice International Film Festival has announced Annette Bening will serve as the President of the Venezia 74 Jury for this year’s festival.

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Other Jury members include:

· The Hungarian director and screenwriter Ildikó Enyedi; she won the Golden Camera for Best Debut Film at Cannes for My Twentieth Century; the movie was included on the list of the 12 best Hungarian films of all time. She participated In Competition in Venice in 1994 with Magic Hunter and in Locarno in 1999 with Simon the Magician. Her most recent film, On Body and Soul, won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2017.

· The director, producer and screenwriter Michel Franco.Born and raised in Mexico he has made five feature films, four of which were presented in Cannes. Después de Lucía and Las hijas de Abril won Best Film and the Special Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, respectively. Chronic, presented In Competition, won Best Screenplay. He produced Desde allá by Lorenzo Vigas, which won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2015.

· The British actress Rebecca Hall; she spends her time between Great Britain and the United States, where she has worked with directors such as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen, thanks to whom she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She has also appeared in The TownA Promise and Iron Man 3. She received critical acclaim and major international awards for her performance in Christine.

· The actress Anna Mouglalis is an iconic figure of French art house cinema. At a very young age, she appeared in La captive (2000) by Chantal Akerman. She became famous in Italy thanks to her role in Romanzo criminale (2005) by Michele Placido. She spends her time between Italy and France, making art house films with directors such as Arnaud Desplechin, Mario Martone and Philippe Garrel, and she is in the cast of Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), a protagonist at the 2011 César awards.

· The Anglo-Australian film critic David Stratton; he directed the Sydney Film Festival for almost twenty years and has been a member of the jury at major film festivals all over the world, including Venice, Cannes and Berlin. Stratton collaborated with Variety for twenty years and he has produced and hosted important television programs about cinema.

· The actress Jasmine Trinca; she is one of the most important Italian actresses of her generation. She has appeared in films by important directors such as Nanni Moretti, Marco Tullio Giordana, Michele Placido and Taviani brothers. In 2009, she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award in Venice for The Big Dream and in 2017 she was awarded Best Actress in Un Certain Regard at Cannes for Fortunata. She has also won two Silver Ribbons.

· The English director and screenwriter Edgar Wright; he is the director of the iconic “Three Flavours Cornetto” Trilogy, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, started with Shaun of the Dead (2004), which revitalized genre parodies. In 2010, he directed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, an original experiment overlapping film and comics. At the moment, his film Baby Driver is receiving acclaim in the American theaters and it will be released in Italy on September 7th.

· The director, producer and screenwriter Yonfan; world traveler, active across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he has written, directed and produced all thirteen of his own movies, including Breaking the Willow (2003) and Prince of Tears (2009), both of which were presented in Venice, the latter film in Competition; he also participated in the project Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded. He has worked with the top Hong Kong stars, including Maggie Cheung, Chow Yung-fat and Daniel Wu, who became well-known for his role in Bishonen.

The Venezia 74 Jury will award the following prizes: Golden Lion for Best Film; Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize; Silver Lion for Best Director; Coppa Volpi for Best Actor; Coppa Volpi for Best Actress; Award for Best Screenplay; the Special Jury Prize and “Marcello Mastroianni” Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress.

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(Source: Biennale Press Office)



74th Venice International Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 74th Venice International Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run at Venice Lido from August 30th to September 9th, 2017.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

The line-up of the next Festival will be announced during the official press conference to take place in Rome on 27th July (at Cinema Moderno, Piazza della Republica, 11:00 am).

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Alessandro Borghi set to host the opening and closing nights of the 74th Venice Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Italian actor will open the 74th Venice Film Festival on the evening of August 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-01 at 9.25.50 AMActor Alessandro Borghi will host the opening and closing events of the 74th Venice International Film Festival 2017, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
Alessandro Borghi will open the 74th Venice Film Festival on the evening of Wednesday, August 30th, on the stage of the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido) for the opening ceremony. On September 9th the actor will host the closing ceremony during which the winners of the Lions and the other official awards of the 74th Venice Film Festival will be announced.
Alessandro Borghi is one of the leading figure of the new generation of Italian actors. After many parts in several TV series, in 2016 Alessandro caught the public’s attention starring in the co-leading role in Claudio Caligari’s Non Essere Cattivo (Don’t Be Bad), presented during the 72nd Venice Film Festival and acclaimed by critics and public for the amazing performances by the actors involved; it has also been selected by Italy as its candidate film for the foreign-language Academy Award.  Later last year Alessandro played the leading role of “Numero 8” (Number 8) in Stefano Sollima’s crime movie Suburra. Thanks to his interpretations in Suburra and Non essere cattivo he gained two nominations for the David di Donatello. In 2016 Alessandro also appeared in Michele Vannucci’s debut film Il Più Grande Sogno (I Was a Dreamer), based on a true story. He also played the main role in Gabriele Mainetti’s short movie Ningyo. Both movies were presented during the last 73rd Venice Film Festival. The same year, Alessandro won the prestigious Nastro d’Argento as best actor revelation.
In 2017 he has been choosen to represent Italy at the Shooting Stars Film Festival in Berlin, an eminent award as well as a launch pad for the international film market. Moreover, this year he played in Fortunata, the latest film by Sergio Castellitto, which was presented during the 70th Cannes Film Festival. As for future projects, we will see Alessandro in Suburra-the series, the first Italian production by Netflix; Alessandro is currently on the set of Napoli Velata, the latest film by director Ferzan Ozpetek.
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The Venice Film Festival for university students

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Furthering the interest that the Biennale shows for participation of the young in all of its artistic sections, the Venice International Film Festival will receive requests for accreditation from University students from Italy and abroad even if they are not attending courses in the theory and history of film.

Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.36.26 PMThe accreditation for University students may be requested by Italian and foreigner students of any faculty from 4th April to 31st May 2017.

The accreditation will be valid for the 11-day duration of the Festival (30th August to 9th Sept.) and will allow access to some 200 screenings reserved for accredited visitors and including films in the official line-up (selected screenings as long as seats are available).

The accreditation for University students also allows to have:

– a discounted price on the Venice Film Festival’s catalogue
– discounted prices for tickets of the 57th International Art Exhibition (Giardini and Arsenale, 13 May – 27)

Early bird fee: 40 Euro
The request must be made no later than 31st May and the payment no later than 30th June 2017
Registration fee: 80 Euro

Deadline: Tuesday 15th August 2017

Submit request here!



Submitting a film: 74th Venice International Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

74th Venice International Film Festival

Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 4.33.08 PMThe 74th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run at Venice Lido from August 30th to September 9th, 2017, directed by Alberto Barbera.

Submitting a film

In order to be eligible for selection, the films presenters must fill out the pre-selection entry form on the website Deadline: 16th June 2017. See also the Festival’s Regulations full text.

Submitting a film to Venice Virtual Reality

Submissions are now open for films in VR: up to a maximum 18 works of any duration that will screen at the 74th Venice Film Festival as world or international premieres. Check out the pre-selection entry form. Deadline: 16th June 2017. Regulations of the Venice VR full text.

See you there!

Italian Actress Monica Bellucci takes a moment to sgn an autograph on the Red Carpet at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of ASAC Images/Biennale Cinema)


The call of the Biennale College – Cinema International

Posted by Larry Gleeson

the call is open until July 1, 2017

a preliminary workshop will be held in Venice from October 7th-16th


bcc20internationalLa Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the Call for the Biennale College –Cinema International, which opened, Tuesday May 2nd 2017, on the website (the Call will remain open through July 1st 2017).

The Biennale College – Cinema, now in its 6th edition (2017-2018), enriches the Venice International Film Festival with a workshop for advanced training, research and experimentation open to up to 12 teams of upcoming directors and producers from around the world. The goal is to develop and produce up to 3 micro-budget feature-length films (at a cost of less than 150,000 euro each), to be presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Biennale College is a strategic programme that also involves the Dance, Music and Theatre Departments of the Biennale di Venezia, and seeks to promote young talents by offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”.

 The Call for the Biennale College – Cinema International is open to teams composed of directors making their first or second film, associated with producers who have made at least three audio-visual subjects, or one feature-length fiction film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at Film Festivals.
Nine micro-budget projects will be selected and invited to participate in a development workshop, to be held between October 7th and 16th 2017 in Venice, together with the three projects selected from the new Italian call (Biennale College – Cinema Italia).
Of these twelve projects, three (including one from the Italian section) will be selected to receive a supporting grant from the Biennale that will cover the production costs (which must not exceed 150,000 euro).
The three feature-length films produced during this process will be presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival 2018. They will also be screened online in the Sala Web, the virtual theatre that coexists with the traditional screening venues of the Venice Film Festival on the Lido.
The complete official text of the Biennale College – Cinema International is available online starting today May 2nd 2017 at the following address:
The Biennale College – Cinema project, now in its 6th edition, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – General Direction Cinema, and enjoys the academic collaboration of IFP New York, the TorinoFilmLab, and the collaboration of the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.
The 2017 edition of the Biennale College – Cinema  project, which will extend to Virtual Reality, will receive essential funding from the European Commission – Connect Directorate General’s Media – Creative Europe Programme.  The educational activities of the 2017-2018 edition will thus be supported by a MEDIA grant. This grant increases the funding which the MEDIA Programme has awarded to the development of the Market and Venice Production Bridge.
The first five editions of the Biennale College – Cinema were successfully launched in August 2012 and May 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, receiving over 1,200 applications from around the world.
Thirteen films have already been produced during the first four editions of Biennale College – Cinema, with the direct support of the Biennale, and were presented in their world premiere screenings at the Venice Film Festival 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, winning many awards and critical acclaim around the world.
Three other films, developed during the fifth edition 2016-2017 which is still in progress, are currently in the editing phase and will be presented at the coming Venice International Film Festival 2017.
Four more films, developed during the previous College workshops, have been produced independently, bringing the total number of films made in four years to 17.
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New Prize monies for the Final Cut in Venice workshop

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Final Cut in Venice workshop will take place from September 3rd to the 5th, 2017

Registration deadline is June 17, 2017!


La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta announced a new Biennale Prize in the amount of € 5,000 to the best film in the post-production phase from the Final Cut in Venice workshop.nromanwzns34940
The 5th edition of the Final Cut in Venice workshop will take place from 3 to 5 September 2017 as part of the Venice Production Bridge, during the 74th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera (Lido di Venezia, 30 August – 9 September).
The new Biennale Prize will be awarded by a Jury of three members appointed by the Director of the Venice Film Festival.
With this new acknowledgment, La Biennale wishes to reinforce the concrete assistance it provides for the completion of films from Africa and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, which is the goal of the Final Cut in Venice workshop, held since 2013 at the Venice Film Festival. Final Cut in Venice offers producers and directors an opportunity to present films in progress to international film professionals and distributors with the aim of facilitating post-production and promoting co-production partnerships and access to the market.
To participate in the 5th edition of Final Cut in Venice, applicants must fill out the online pre-selection entry form on the website, and submit a copy of the film to the email address on or before June 17th 2017.
The 5th Final Cut in Venice workshop will consist of a three-day work session (3 – 5 September 2017) during which the working copies of up to six selected films will be presented to producers, buyers, distributors and film festival programmers. There will be opportunities for networking, encounters and gatherings in which the directors and producers can meet with the participants in the workshop.

The Final Cut in Venice Prizes
In addition to the new Biennale Prize, the following other prizes will be awarded, to provide financial support for the films during their post-production phase:
·  € 15,000 euro for color correction for a feature-length film offered by Laser Film (Rome) for up to 50 hours of work (technician included);
·  € 15,000 offered by Mactari Mixing Auditorium (Paris) for the sound mixing of a feature-length film (up to 12 days of work, sound-mixing technician not included);
·  Up to € 10,000 for digital color correction, for the creation of a DCP master and French or English subtitles, offered by Titra TVS (Paris);
·  Up to € 7,000 euro for the production of a DCP master with subtitles in Italian or English, offered by Sub-Ti Ltd. (London).
·  Up to € 7,000 for the accessible contents of the film for audiences with sensory disabilities: subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired and audio description for the blind and visually impaired, including audio subtitles in voice-over, in Italian or English (the SDH file and the audio-described soundtrack for DCP will be provided), offered by SUB-TI ACCESS Srl (Turin)
·  € 5,000 for the purchase of two-year broadcasting rights by Rai Cinema;
·  A 35mm print (without subtitles) or share in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,000), offered by the Festival International du Film d’Amiens;
·  A 35mm print (without subtitles) or share in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,000), offered by the Festival International de Films de Fribourg;
·  marketing, publicity and distribution in the Arab world offered by MAD Solutions for an Arab project (except for projects already being handled by MAD Solutions)
While the Biennale Prize will be awarded by a jury composed of three members appointed by the Director of the Venice Film Festival, the other prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the Director of the Venice Film Festival, assisted by the partners in the project, and the executives of the institutions and service companies underwriting the prizes.


At the Berlin Film Festival 2017, important awards and recognition were received by films that participated in the Final Cut workshops organized by the Biennale at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

In particular:
·  Félicité by Alain Gomis (France, Senegal) won the Grand Jury Prize – Silver Bear
·  Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting) by Raed Andoni (France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar) won the new Prize for Best Original Documentary.
In addition to the two award-winning films, two other titles selected for Berlin 2017 came from the workshops of Final Cut in Venice:
·  The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa) in Panorama

·  Tigmi Nigren (The House in the Fields) by Tala Hadid (Morocco, Qatar) at Forum


Final Cut in Venice, along with the Gap-Financing Market, is one of the programs offered by the Venice Production Bridge, the film market of the Venice International Film Festival that is intended as an opportunity for meeting and networking for all categories of professionals involved in making films: producers, financiers, distributors, sales, public and private investment funds, banks, film commissions, broadcasters and Internet platforms.


UPDATED: Berlinale FILM CAPSULE: On Body and Soul (Enyedi, 2017) Hungary

Filled with subtle humor and adult idiosyncrasies, On Body and Soul, is making an early case for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, I’ll see you at the cinema!

*UPDATE: On Body and Soul received the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear, the festival’s top prize for a film.

Source: UPDATED: Berlinale FILM CAPSULE: On Body and Soul (Enyedi,2017 ) Hungary