Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale") is an annual film festival held in Venice, Italy. It is the world's oldest film festival and one of the "Big Five" International film festivals worldwide, which include the "Big Three European Film Festivals alongside the Toronto Film Festival in Canada and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.[1][2][3][4] The Festivals are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film.[5] In 1951, FIAPF formally accredited the festival.[6]

Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica
International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art
Venice Cinema Palace on the Lido island
LocationVenice, Italy
Founded6 August 1932; 90 years ago (1932-08-06)
AwardsGolden Lion
Silver Lion
Volpi Cup and others
Artistic directorAlberto Barbera
(since 2011)
No. of films92 in 2021
Websitelabiennale.org/en/cinema
Current: 78th

Founded by the National Fascist Party in Venice in August 1932, the festival is part of the Venice Biennale, one of the world's oldest exhibitions of art, created by the Venice City Council on 19 April 1893.[7] The range of work at the Venice Biennale now covers Italian and international art, architecture, dance, music, theatre, and cinema.[8] These works are experienced at separate exhibitions: the International Art Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Music, the International Theatre Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the International Kids' Carnival, and the annual Venice Film Festival, which is arguably the best-known of all the events.

The festival is held in late August or early September on the island of the Lido in the Venice Lagoon. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. The festival continues to be one of the world's most popular and fastest-growing.[9]

The 79th Venice International Film Festival will be held from 31 August to 10 September 2022.[10]


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