The 76th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will be held on the Lido di Venezia from 28 August to 7 September 2019. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
The Official Selection includes the following sections: Venezia 76, Out of Competition, Orizzonti, Venice Classics, Sconfini, and Venice Virtual Reality.
A further two Independent and parallel sections are part of the Festival’s line-up: the Settimana Internazionale della Critica (SIC) and the Giornate degli Autori, whose films are selected in accordance with their respective regulations.
The Venice Production Bridge is a film market organized as part of the Venice Film Festival, not only to ensure the continuity of the services developed in the past (Industry Club, Venice Gap Financing Market, Business Centre, Digital Video Library and Market Screenings), but to offer a meeting ground and networking opportunity for all categories of professionals involved in the production of films: producers, funders, distributors, sales, public and private investment funds, banks, film commissions, broadcasters, and Internet platforms. The Venice Production Bridge (29 August – 3 September 2019) will present a wide selection of projects in an advanced phase of development and pre-funding in the categories of films, documentaries, VR Immersive Stories, and TV series. It will also organize the seventh edition of Final Cut in Venice (reserved for works-in-progress from African countries, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria), and the fourth edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market.
All films submitted must be recently produced, completed not prior to 8 September 2018, and must not have been presented earlier in any other format or length, not even as a work-in-progress, for any selection in previous editions of the Venice Film Festival.
Film submission will be open from 4th February to 14th June 2019 (31st May 2019 for the VR projects).
Regulations’ full text
Regulations of the 76th Venice International Film Festival’s full text: