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66th Venice International Film Festival

Director Marco Müller

2 > 12 September 2009

The 66th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 2nd to 12th September 2009 at Venice Lido.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The Festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

Marco Müller is the Director of the 66th edition. He has been heading the Venice Biennale's Cinema section since 2004.

The official line-up of the 66th Festival included the following sections:
Venezia 66 - Out of Competition - Orizzonti - Controcampo Italiano - Corto Cortissimo
These Phantoms 2 (retrospective section)

The independent and parallel sections included:
- International Critics’ Week (A series of 7 or 8 films – debut works – independently selected by a commission nominated by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics)
- Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days (A series of 10-12 films independently organized by a commission nominated by the Italian Association of Film-makers (ANAC - Associazione Nazionale Autori Cinematografici) and by the Association of Independent Directors and Producers (API - Associazione Autori e Produttori Indipendenti)

The screenings schedule extended over 11 days, from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 12th September 2009.

Six  international juries (Venezia 66, Orizzonti, Controcampo Italiano, Corto Cortissimo, “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film and Persol 3-D Award) assigned the official awards.