Venice Film Festival

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Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival logo.svg
Venice International Film Festival logo
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Directed by Alberto Barbera
Festival date late August/early September
Language Italian

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale") is the oldest international film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica", the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. It is one of the world's most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale (Italian Biennale di Venezia), for over a century one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world (founded in 1895). It is known world-wide for the International Film Festival, the International Art Exhibition and the International Architecture Exhibition, and continues the tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival, now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance.

The 71st Festival is taking place from 27 August to 6 September 2014.


The Film Festival's principal awards are the Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion), which is awarded to the best film screened in competition at the festival, the Leone d'Argento (Silver Lion) for the Best Director, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup), which is awarded to the best actor and actress. The Jury may also choose to award a Special Lion for an overall work to a director or actor of a film presented in the main competition section.

Other sections[edit]

Orizzonti section (Horizons), open to all "custom-format" works, with a wider view towards new trends in the expressive languages that converge in film. The awards of the Orizzonti section are:

  • The Orizzonti Prize
  • The Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (for feature-length films)
  • The Orizzonti Short Film Prize
  • The Orizzonti Medium-length Film Prize

The Controcampo Italiano section presents a panorama on Italian cinema with 7 narrative feature-length films, 7 short films, and 7 documentaries, all world premiere screenings and all in competition in their respective categories. The awards of this section are: the Controcampo Award (for narrative feature-length films) the Controcampo Award (for short films) the Controcampo Doc Award (for documentaries)

Golden Lion winners[edit]

The 65th Venice International Film Festival
See a list of winners at Golden Lion

The Golden Lion is the festival's highest award for best film in the competition section Venezia (plus the number of the edition).

Special Jury Prize[edit]

See list of winners at Special Jury Prize (Venice Film Festival)

A Special Jury Prize is awarded to one or two films in most years.

Silver Lion for best director[edit]

See list of winners at Silver Lion

The Silver Lion is awarded to the best director in the competitive section Venezia (plus the number of the edition).

Volpi Cups[edit]

For a list of winners, see Volpi Cup.

The Volpi Cups are awarded to actors. Formal awards for best actor and best actress have been given since 1934. In the mid-1990s awards were also given to supporting actors and actresses.

Golden Osella[edit]

For a list of winners, see Golden Osella.

There are two Golden Osella Prizes: for Best Technical Contribution (to cinematographers, composers, etc.) and for Best Screenplay.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award[edit]

Year Film Director Nationality
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker! Kitano Takeshi  Japan
2008 Shirin Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
The Beaches of Agnès Agnès Varda  France
2009 Rambo Sylvester Stallone  United States
2010 Raavanan Mani Ratnam  India
2011 Wilde Salome Al Pacino  United States
2012 Bad 25 Spike Lee  United States
2013 Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico! Ettore Scola  Italy

Past awards[edit]

Mussolini Cups[edit]

The Mussolini Cups were the top awards from 1934 to 1942. Named after Italy's then dictator prime minister, Benito Mussolini, they were abandoned upon his ousting in 1943, and eventually returned as the Grand International Prize of Venice in 1947 (see Golden Lion).

Mussolini Cup for Best Italian Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s)
1934 Loyalty of Love Teresa Confalonieri Guido Brignone
1935 Casta Diva Casta diva Carmine Gallone
1936 The White Squadron Lo squadrone bianco Augusto Genina
1937 Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal Scipione l'africano Carmine Gallone
1938 Luciano Serra, Pilot Luciano Serra pilota Goffredo Alessandrini
1939 Cardinal Messias Abuna Messias Goffredo Alessandrini
1940 The Siege of the Alcazar L'assedio dell'Alcazar Augusto Genina
1941 The Iron Crown La corona di ferro Alessandro Blasetti
1942 Bengasi Bengasi Augusto Genina

Mussolini Cup for Best Foreign Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
1934 Man of Aran Man of Aran Robert J. Flaherty United Kingdom
1935 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Clarence Brown United States
1936 The Kaiser of California Der Kaiser von Kalifornien Luis Trenker Germany
1937 Dance Program Un carnet de bal (fr) Julien Duvivier France
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Olympia 1. Teil — Fest der Völker Leni Riefenstahl Germany
1940 The Postmaster Der Postmeister Gustav Ucicky Germany
1941 Uncle Krüger Ohm Krüger Hans Steinhoff Germany
1942 The Great King Der große König Veit Harlan Germany

Award for Best Director[edit]

Year Director(s) Title Original title
1935 King Vidor The Wedding Night
1936 Jacques Feyder Carnival in Flanders La Kermesse Héroique
1937 Robert J. Flaherty and Zoltan Korda Elephant Boy
1938 Carl Froelich Magda Heimat

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