The screening schedule of the 76th Venice International Film Festival includes 11 days of programming from 28th August to 7th September (pre-opening on Tuesday 27th August featuring the restored version of Extase by Gustav Machatý)
The 76th Venice International Film Festival will include the following sections:
An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature-length films, presented as world premieres.
Out of Competition
Some of the most important works of the year will be presented in the non-competing section, for a maximum of 18 films. They may include the works of established authors who have participated in Competition in previous editions of the Venice Film Festival, documentaries or films in which the spectacular dimension is accompanied by forms of expressive or narrative originality. Some films Out of Competition may be screened during the midnight slot, if their characteristics make them particularly suitable for showing at this time of night. Only feature films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted to the selection.
An international competition reserved for a maximum of 18 films, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema, with special attention to debut films, young talents who are not yet firmly established, indie features and lesser-known cinema, as well as works that address specific genres and current production, with the aim of innovating and demonstrating creative originality. The Orizzonti section features a selection of competing short films lasting a maximum of 20 minutes, selected on the basis of criteria such as quality and originality of language and expression. Only feature-length and short films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted to the selection.
This section features the world premiere screenings of a selection of the finest restorations of classic films carried out over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions and productions around the world, committed to the preservation and cultivation of the cinematographic heritage and the rediscovery of neglected or undervalued works of the past. The section may be completed with the presentation of documentaries about cinema or individual authors of yesteryear or today, that can offer innovative elements for historical and critical assessment.
This non-competitive section features a selection of a maximum of 10 works of different genres, lengths and targets. The Sconfini section may include art-house and genre movies, experimental and artists’ films, TV series and crossover productions, which may be preceded or accompanied by public encounters and conversations with the directors, actors and personalities from the world of art and culture. Only films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted to the selection.
Venice Virtual Reality
The Festival will present works in competition and out of competition. A maximum of 30 world-premieres or international premieres of VR Immersive Stories of any length and of any VR format (Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard, HTC Vive, Oculus, SONY Playstation, haptic devices, AR , MR; any other format needs to be discussed with the Director of the Venice Film Festival). The works of the teams participating in the third edition of the Biennale College Cinema-VR, and the previous films of the Venice Production Bridge invited project teams are presented Out of Competition.