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Biennale College

Artistic training and internships for young people



Biennale College is La Biennale di Venezia’s project dedicated to the education of young people in the artistic fields 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 be part of our 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. 
University students can improve their university education through the internship experience of the Biennale College - Internships.



The call of the Biennale College Cinema - Italia, dedicated to teams composed exclusively of a director and a producer of Italian nationality, was launched on 20th February 2019. The Biennale College Cinema – International call was launched starting May 7th 2019. The Italian call, which is open until April 15th 2019, is dedicated to teams composed of directors at their debut or sophomore film, in association with producers who have made at least three audio-visual works, or a fiction feature-length film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at film festivals.

At the close of the registration phase, eight microbudget projects will be invited to participate in a development workshop, to be held in English, from July 2nd to 6th 2019 in Venice. At the end of this workshop, there will be a further selection of up to 3 projects. They will then be invited to take part, along with the teams of the nine projects selected through the International Call of the Biennale College – Cinema, to be launched on May 7th, in a ten-day workshop that will be held in Venice in October.

The announcement of the projects selected for the training session in October was made during the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019 directed by Alberto Barbera. The three micro-budget feature-length films will then be presented as part of the 77th Venice Film Festival in 2020.


Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

The 12 projects selected for the third edition of the Biennale College Cinema - Virtual Reality (2018-2019) were announced on 15 January 2019. The pitch was held in Venice at the headquarters of the Biennale at Ca’ Giustinian.

3 teams composed of a director and a producer were selected to work on the development of virtual reality projects up to 30 minutes long. At the end of February, a maximum of 3 VR projects were selected, each of which received a contribution towards production up to a maximum of € 60,000 each, and were presented at the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019 in the Venice Virtual Reality section.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

The new edition of the Biennale College – Dance 2020  includes two international calls aimed at young dancers and new choreographers according to the project of the Director Marie Chouinard.

Deadline for applications: 16th January 2020

Deadline for applications: 23rd January 2020


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 will be open to applicants from all over the world.

Deadline for applications: 23rd January 2020

A series of masterclasses was announced on 10th September 2019, that took place in Venice from 11th to 16th November 2019. The masterclasses came to an end on November 17th with a concert that is an integral part of the courses.
The project is addressed to young composers. The masterclasses include the participation of researchers, composers and artists from some of the most cutting-edge international computer music and multimedia studios.

The course was held in Italian and in English. Fluency in both languages is required.
Participation in the project requires full attendance.
Deadline for receipt of the applications: 12th October 2019.

Call for applications


The new edition of the Biennale College – Music 2019 included an international call addressed to young composers and librettists under 35 according to the project devised by the Artistic Director, Ivan Fedele.

The project intended to promote and support the production of a maximum of 4 short “low budget” chamber music operas based on a comical, surreal, fantastic and/or playful theme, lasting no longer than 18 minutes each. The selection was open, internationally, to teams consisting of a composer and a librettist, aged 35 and under.

Call for applications  (Deadline: 7 February 2019)


The 2020 edition of the Biennale College ­– Theatre will include a number of sessions dedicated to working with masters, with the purpose of offering each participant the possibility of taking part in an authentic creative process, on the one hand, and on the other, to enhance the educational value of each workshop, a place of both ideation and higher education.

Further information on the workshops to be held in 2020 will be announced soon. Please visit this page again for updates.

The programme for the Biennale College – Internships for the period February - May 2020 is now online.

An on-field learning experience, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate university students 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 are 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.

CHECK OUT THE Internship Programme for the period February - May 2020
* Only one application per student may be submitted: applicants must therefore choose only one internship per term.


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