8th Venice International Film Festival (1940)

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"8th" (void) Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Festival date 1 – 8 September 1940
Website Website

The "8th" annual (void) Venice International Film Festival was held from September 1 to September 8, 1940, less than three months after Italy had belatedly entered the Second World War as Germany’s ally. Together with the 1941 and 1942 it is 'considered void- as if they did not happen'. The events were held in places far away from the Lido, and very few countries participated due to World War II and directors that were members of the Rome-Berlin axis. In fact the Festival lost its ‘international’ designation that year, as the war had reduced the number of participating nations to just three: Italy, Germany and, in a sparring role, Hungary. It became therefore the "Manifestazione cinematografica italo-tedesca", to reflect its Italo-German character. The two countries participated with seven feature films each, while Hungary had three.[1] Additionally, a strong fascist political meddling from the Italian fascist government under Benito Mussolini had led to Italy experiencing a period of cultural depression oppressed by fascist propaganda.[2][3]


Although the festival is still competitive it takes place without an official jury. Awards are given by the festival's president based on the decision of Italian and German film delegates.[4]

In Competition[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
N/A Muz z neznáma Martin Frič Bohemia
Opera Ball Opernball Géza von Bolváry Nazi Germany
(The Postmaster) Der Postmeister Gustav Ucicky Nazi Germany
A Mother's Love Mutterliebe Gustav Ucicky Nazi Germany
N/A Jud Süß Veit Harlan Nazi Germany
N/A Befreite Hände Hans Schweikart Nazi Germany
N/A Trenck, der Pandur Herbert Selpin Nazi Germany
The Siege of the Alcazar L'assedio dell'Alcazar Augusto Genina Kingdom of Italy
N/A Oltre l'amore Carmine Gallone Kingdom of Italy
N/A La peccatrice Amleto Palermi Kingdom of Italy



  1. ^ "A message from Joseph Goebbels, in 'Overland literary journal'". Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  2. ^ "The 1940′s". Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 30s". Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Overview". Retrieved 2014-09-30. 

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