Venice Film Festival: The Oldest Film Festival in the World

Sunday, October 23 by Karen Lac

Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival takes place every year in the fall on the island of Lido near Venice, Italy. The film deemed to be the best by the international jury win the Golden Lion award. Like other festivals, the Venice Film Festival is meant to promote, advertise and discover great film. The magical setting of the Lido and nearby Venice makes the Venice Film Festival especially festive and captivating.

Festival Information Films for the film festival are shown at four screening venues. The biggest venue is the PalaBiennale with 1,700 seats. The Palazzo del Cinema has about 1,260 seats, the Sala Darsena has 1,300 seats and the Sala Perla at the Palazzo del Casinò is the smallest, with 400 seats. Any production company, distribution company and filmmaker can submit a film for consideration, by visiting the festival's submit page, as long as they own the rights to the movie. Thousands of journalists, film critics and reporters, in addition to members of the general public with tickets, attend the Venice Film Festival every year. Tickets are sold online as well as at ticket offices on the island.  

Past Winners Films from the U.S. has won the Golden Lion several times. 2010's Golden Lion went to Sophia Coppola's "Somewhere." Past American winners include Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" (2008), Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) and John Cassavetes' "Gloria" (1980).

Getting to the film festival The Lido can be easily reached from the Venice rail station and the Piazzale Roma by catching a vaporetto boat on line 51 or 52. A lot of hotels in Venice offer special festival packages as the date for the festival gets closer.

Do you like this story?