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Biennale College

Artistic training and internships for young people



Biennale College is the project of La Biennale di Venezia dedicated to the formation of young people in the artistic field and in the activities of the organizational structure of the Biennale.


Encouraging young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations” that will become part of the Artistic Programs: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer. 
With the formation inside the organizational structure, a university student can reach the completion of the university education through the internship experience of the Biennial College - Internships.



The 12 new projects have been selected for the seventh edition of Biennale College Cinema 2018/19, submitted by teams composed of directors and producers who took part in the first 10-day workshop held in Venice from October 6th to 15th 2018. Nine projects are selected from the Biennale College Cinema - International, while the other three are from the new Biennale College Cinema - Italia. The International Call was launched on May 8th, the Italian one on February 20th.

At the close of the first workshop held in Venice from October 6th to 15th 2018, three teams will be selected and production will begin on 3 feature-length films (debut or second films), one of which must be Italian, which must be low-cost, will be funded in the amount of 150,000 Euro, and will be presented at the 76th Venice International Film Festival in 2019.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

The third edition of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality (2018/2019) has been announced. Submissions will open starting from September 3rd until October 29th, 2018.

Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality will select 3 director/producer teams to work on the development of VR projects of maximum 30 minutes of duration, at concept stage, helping them to advance their projects covering creative, production, audience/market and financial concerns. After a workshop to be held in Venice in January 2019 up to three VR projects will receive € 60,000, and will subsequently be presented at the 76th Venice International Film Festival in 2019.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

The new edition of the Biennale College – Dance 2018 includes two international calls aimed at young dancers and new choreographers according to the project of the Director Marie Chouinard.

This call is closed (deadline for applications: 25 January).

Dancer project

Choreographer project


La Biennale di Venezia is also looking for 7 professional dancers both male and female, with significant experience and 5 years of proven professional activity. The selection is open to applicants from all over the world.

This call is closed (deadline for applications: 25 January).

The new edition of the Biennale College – Music 2018 includes an international call addressed to young composers and librettists under 35 as devised on the project by the Artistic Director Ivan Fedele.

This call is closed (deadline for applications: 12 February).

Under 35 composer/librettist project


La Biennale di Venezia, in the context of the College Musica project, will select young singers aged 35 or less for the production of four short chamber operas that will be premiered on 7th October 2018 in Venice as part of the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Applicants must send the following documentation by 8th April 2018. 

Eligible applicants will be summoned by 12th April 2018 for the audition set to take place in Venice on 18th and 19th April.

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The 2018 edition of the Biennale College Theatre - the training and experimentation project aimed at professionals, scholars, spectators and theatre lovers - is dedicated this year to the "kiss." Selected candidates will attend one of the training courses coordinated by the Masters of the College, with the possibility of combining participation in the workshops, meetings with the directors of the shows and attendance at the performances of the Biennale Teatro 2018 .

The Biennale College - Theatre project aims to be a place constantly open to encounters and experimentation, with intent to offer each participant the opportunity to take part on the one hand to an authentic creative process and on the other to enhance the training function of each workshop.

This call is now closed (Deadline for the submission of applications: 9th April 2018).



The new call for the Biennale College – Internships for the year 2018 is now online.

An on-field learning experience, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in university who wish to enrich their training in the fields of organization, management, administration, technical support, editorial work, communication, etc., in other words, the work that is done every day within the organizational structure of the Biennale di Venezia.

Just like a “College” experience, the young people selected for the internship will be supervised individually in their training, stimulated and encouraged to seek the greatest benefit from the moment they arrive to the last day of their internship, which will also include social events designed to share experiences and create an active community.

The call is reserved for university students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme of a University based in Italy. 

For 2018, three groups of 5/9 interns each will be created, who will participate in educational projects lasting at least 3 and no more than 6 months.

For further information:

Internship Programme
* Only one application per student may be submitted: applicants must therefore choose only one internship per term.