67th Venice International Film Festival

From 01 September 2010 to 11 September 2010

The end of the summer sees the return, under the spotlights, of the Venice Film Festival on the Lido Island, the longest running film festival in the world, which over the course of ten days celebrates the arts of filming and attracts stars, the press and aficionados from everywhere. The festival is also an irresistible attraction for many onlookers, as anybody who finds themselves near the venues will find it difficult to resist the temptation to have a closer look at an actor or at least soak up the atmosphere of the famous set, perhaps by simply visiting the hall and terrace of the sumptuous Excelsior Hotel. Founded in 1932 as part of the then 18th Venice Biennial, the festival soon achieved so much success that it was given in 1938 a dedicated venue, the Palazzo del Cinema, opposite the Lungomare Marconi.Part of the line-up of events of the Biennial, the 360 degree culture festival so called from the time length spanning between each edition, the Venice Film Festival is held on a yearly basis for the delight of the general public and experts alike. A constant participation of films from all over the world is seen at the festival. The principal award is the Golden Lion, shaped like the citys main symbol (the Saint Marks Lion without a doubt one of the most important prizes in the film industry and on par with the other two major European International film festivals: the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. As is the case with their awarding festivals, these three prizes are often in contraposition with the American Oscar ceremony, which usually takes place in springtime. There is equally an element of sensation and idol adoration, but perhaps the European accolades are focussed more on the artistic message and the commitment of the competing films as well as the relevance of collateral events within the festival. Already, a number of anticipations have been made for the 67th edition. The jury will be chaired by Quentin Tarantino, Shirin Neshat, the Iranian artist and filmmaker, will lead the jury for the Orizzonti section (which includes all films in unusual formats whilst the German director of Turkish origin Fatih Akin will chair the Luigi di Laurentiis award for Debut Films and The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to director John Woo. The official line-up will be announced in a press conference that will take place in Rome at the end of July.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff