69th Venice International Film Festival

The 69th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will be held in Venice Lido from August 29th to September 8th, 2012, directed by Alberto Barbera.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and spread the international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. In addition, the Festival includes retrospectives to pay homage to the greatest figures of cinema as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

Here are some of the titles scheduled for today 3rd September: “Outrage Beyond” by Takeshi Kitano, “Apres” Mai by Olivier Assayas.

This year, the categories of the Festival official selection are:

- Venezia 69: international competition of feature films, presented as world premieres;
- Orizzonti: the new trends in world cinema;
- Venice Classics: a selection of restored classic films and documentaries on cinema;
- Out of Competition: important works by directors already established in previous editions of the Festival;
- <<80!>>: retrospective section of rare films from the Biennale’s Historical Archives;
- Special Screening.

As for the autonomous sections, the Festival has:

International Critics’ Week: A series of 7 films – debut works – independently organized by a commission nominated by the SNCCI.

Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days: Independent section promoted by the Italian Association of Filmmakers ANAC and 100 Autori.

Stats of the festival. New feature films in the three sections are 50, all world premieres:

Venezia 69: 17 (+ 1 film to be announced);
Out of Competition: 15 (+ 9 documentaries, special events);
Orizzonti: 18 (+ 15 short films).

Number of films viewed: 3231 of which 1459 feature films and 1772 short films.

The countries represented by the several films of the official selection are 41: Albania, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, South Korea, Denmark, Egypt, Philippines, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain…and many more.

We wait for you all in the city of Venice. Further information about events in Venice are available on the travel guide About Venice.

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