Two significant changes in the Venice Film Festival 2016
the 73rd Venice Film Festival runs 31 August – 10 September 2016
04 | 29 | 2016
The Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, has approved the new Regulations for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Lido di Venezia, 31 August – 10 September 2016), directed by Alberto Barbera.
There will be two significant changes in direction that will further enrich and raise the profile of the Venice Film Festival:
- A more precise response to the needs of the world of cinema with a challenging evolution of the market towards a specialised meeting ground dedicated to the conclusion of projects, which has given birth to the “Venice Production Bridge”; while the Biennale College Cinema continues its work in the wake of the commendable results achieved thus far.
- An expanding programme of events for the public and opportunities for learning and dialogue in a more extensive project for the “Cinema nel Giardino”.
• Venice Production Bridge
Within the context of the Venice Film Festival, an important new project entitled Venice Production Bridge has been introduced to ensure continuity, but also to surpass and fine-tune the Venice Film Market first held in 2012.
The new Venice Production Bridge will focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production.
This is the direction also pursued by the Venice Film Market, which since its very first edition has served as a light market, featuring programmes such as European Gap Financing Market and Final Cut in Venice, with the aim of helping to complete films and works in progress. The new Venice Production Bridgewill also build on the experience of the Biennale College – Cinema, an innovative workshop for the development and production of micro-budget feature films, which over a four-year period has led to the production of 13 films that have earned prestigious international results and acknowledgments.
In fact in recent years, in the initiatives addressed to the industry professionals at the major international film festivals, attention has shifted from finished films to works in progress, to meet the needs of the industry professionals who are increasingly interested in opportunities for meetings that will lead to co-productions. Today there is a growing need at festivals for a “market for projects”, and not just for finished products.
The idea of the Venice Production Bridge now consists in building – starting with the forthcoming 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016 – a new “bridge” or meeting ground for all professional figures in film production, oriented towards the completion/production of films and their distribution, conceived as a structure for the promotion of new film projects and new productions, and co-productions at the international level.
Venice Production Bridge: not just films (internet, series, virtual reality)
The Venice Production Bridge will also focus on one of the major new trends in contemporary production, which is the co-existence of a diversity of platforms fostered by the digital revolution: television series, web-series and, above all, the new frontier represented by VR/Virtual Reality, which are currently attracting major investment and the most advanced technological research. The Venice Production Bridge intends to attract industry professionals active in these fields.
Venice Production Bridge: how it works
Specifically, the Venice Production Bridge will present approximately 40 projects in the final stages of development and funding (following the model of the Gap Financing Film Market), divided as follows:
- Films: 18/20 projects for feature-length fiction films from around the world that need to complete their funding package with minority shares in the co-production, having at least 70% of the funding in place
- Documentaries: 5/7 projects for narrative or creative documentaries (to be presented like the films)
- TV Series: 5 European projects for television series (to be presented in a similar manner)
- Virtual Reality: 5 projects for short to medium-length artistic-narrative films to be produced as virtual reality experiences
- Web Series: 5 projects for series to be screened on the web
All the projects will be presented publicly in Venice during a 3-day event.
The operational structure of Venice Production Bridge will be directed by two co-ordinators, Pascal Diot and Savina Neirotti.
Venice Production Bridge will be held in Venice, at the Hotel Excelsior during the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, from 1 to 5 September 2016, offering traditional services such as the Digital Video Library and the Industry Club, to support networking among the participants, and the Business Centre, equipped with secretarial services, computers, copy machines, Internet access and Wi-Fi.
Finally, the Final Cut in Venice project will also continue, presenting a restricted number of works in progress from Africa and Middle East, that lack the financial resources needed to complete the post-production process.
• Cinema nel Giardino
The new Regulations of the Venice International Film Festival confirm and formalize the introduction of the Cinema nel Giardino section, which was such a great success at last year’s edition of the festival.
This non-competitive section will feature a selection of films of various genres and lengths, to be preceded or accompanied by encounters and discussions with directors, stars or personalities in the fields of art and culture. Only films to be screened as world premieres may be submitted for selection.
The Cinema nel Giardino section was conceived in 2015 to fill an urgent need to broaden the activities of the Venice Film Festival with a new space that could open the Festival to everyone: occasional spectators and non-accredited visitors in addition, naturally, to the thousands of film fans that usually crowd the screening rooms. Offering everyone (residents of the Lido and Venice, curious onlookers who have come to see what a festival feels like, young people in search of cinematographic emotions) the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the Venice Film Festival in the evening, for a moment of entertainment that combines an encounter with one or more personalities and the screening of a film. A place where many different activities might take place: discussions and encounters with the world of film and entertainment, screenings and film series. With the idea of bringing new life to the Venice Film Festival as a festival for the people too, and not just for accredited professionals.
The success of this experience which began in 2015 with the arena in the garden of the Casinò, prompted la Biennale to pursue the initiative on a larger scale. The opportunity that will arise as the City of Venice finally seals the “big hole” and turns it into a usable public square, will make it possible to build a modern and technologically advanced structure in this new outdoor space (450 seats) a screening room fit to host world premiere previews of films and their makers, ready to meet the audience before or after the screening.
• Other changes to the Regulations
For the Venezia 73 Competition, the Grand Jury Prize (Silver Lion) will become the second most important prize after the Golden Lion for Best Film.
In short, the Jury of the Venezia 73 Competition will award the following prizes for feature-length films:
- Golden Lion for Best Film
- Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize
- Silver Lion – Award for Best Director
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
- Award for Best Screenplay
- Special Jury Prize
- Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
A new award will be introduced in the Orizzonti section, the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, while the number of components of the International Jury is now established at a maximum of 7 members (previously the mandatory number was 7).
The number of components of the Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film is now established at a maximum of 5 members (previously the mandatory number was 5).
• Experts and correspondents
For his selection process, the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera will rely on the following Experts: Giulia d'Agnolo Vallan, Bruno Fornara, Mauro Gervasini, Oscar Iarussi, Angela Prudenzi, Emanuele Rauco, and Marina Sanna.
The Correspondents of the Venice Film Festival around the world are: Giulia d'Agnolo Vallan (USA, Canada), Mohammad Atebbai (Iran), Violeta Bava (Latin America), Elena Pollacchi (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Scandinavian countries), Paolo Bertolin (Turkey, Oceania and South East Asia), Peter Shepotinnik (Russia and former Soviet Republics), and Alessandra Speciale (Africa and Arab countries).