78. Venice International Film Festival

Events, fun, screenings and a not to be missed red carpet!

From 01 September 2021 to 11 September 2021

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From 1 to 12 September the Venice Film Festival 2021 is ready to cast an enchantment over the Venice Lido! Fantastic screenings, glittering parties, red carpets and unmissable events to perpetuate the charm of one of the most important film events in the world!

Alberto Barbera has been confirmed as the artistic director of the Venice Film Festival in Italy for the eighth year in a row. The festival will therefore continue in the same spirit, always maintaining a high spirit of competitiveness towards other autumn film events, but without altering its true nature of capturing the current world of cinema in all its facets... The result? The Film Festival in Venice has proven to be able to renew itself, revitalizing its spaces and its program to remain an anchor for other events in the film industry.

The 78th Venice Film Festival is meant to symbolize a much longed-for celebration of a new beginning after the difficult pause caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. La Mostra del Cinema 2021 intends to send a strong message of optimism addressed to the world of cinema which was extremely affected by the crisis. In addition, it aims to celebrate the hard work and commitment of directors and producers who, despite

According to director Alberto Barbera, the Venice Film Festival 2021 will be the best festival of the last 10 years: one gets the impression that the various lockdown periods have led to a real explosion of creativity and productivity.

And there is no doubt that creativity is this year featuring heavily in film making in Italy so much so that five films in competition are by Italian directors… a true record!

  • E’ stata la Mano di Dio by Paolo Sorrentino
  • America Latina by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo brothers.
  • Freaks out by Gabriele Mainetti
  • Il Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Qui rido io by Mario Martone


The Godmother of the Venice Film Festival this year will be actress Serena Rossi, born in 1985, who will inaugurate and close the 78th Venice Film Festival. She will also be charmingly appearing on the Venice Film Festival 2021 red carpet on several occasions.

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 78th Venice Movie Festival will be awarded to American actress Jamie Lee Curtis and director, actor and screenwriter Roberto Benigni.

On September 1st, at the opening evening, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella will attend the opening of the Venice Film Festival competition 2021 conducted by the godmother Serena Rossi and the delivery of the Golden Lions for Career and for the film opening session Madres Paralelas by Pedro Almodovar.

In order to comply with the health guidelines imposed by the Covid-19 emergency and consequently safeguard the safety of all the guests, the Venice Film Festival competition will ask attendees above the age of 12 years to show proof of covid vaccination, called Green Pass in Italy. The number of seats in the rooms will once more be reduced from 8000 to 4000.

Talking about spicier gossip... Who will we see on the Venice Film Festival red carpet?

This year will see lots of Hollywood stars return! The most anticipated names are without doubt Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Zendaya, Penelope Cruz, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Colman, Kristen Stewart, Antonio Banderas and many others! Who will make this year's red carpet magical?

Competing Venice Film Festival movies 2021 at Venezia 78 - International film competition for a world premiere:

  • Madres Paralelas by Pedro Almodóvar
  • Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Un Autre Monde by Stéphane Brizé
  • The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion
  • America latina by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
  • L’Evenement by Audrey Diwan
  • Competencia Oficial by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
  • Il Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Sundown by Michel Franco
  • Illusions Perdues by Xavier Giannoli
  • The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Spencer by Pablo Larraín
  • Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti
  • Qui rido io by Mario Martone
  • On the Job: the missing 8 by Erik Matti
  • Żeby nie było śladów (Leave no traces) by Jan P. Matuszyński
  • Kapitan Volkonogov bezhal (Captain Volkonogov Escaped) by Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
  • The Card Counter by Paul Schrader
  • E’ stata la mano di Dio by Paolo Sorrentino
  • Vidblysk (Reflection) by Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • La Caja by Lorenzo Vigas

Horizons – International competition for films at the forefront of the new aesthetic and expressive movements in movies from all around the world. Naming a few:

  • Les Promesses by Thomas Kruithof – Opening film
  • Atlantide by Yuri Ancarani
  • Miracol (Miracle) by Bogdan George Apetri
  • Piligrimai (Pilgrims) by Laurynas Bareisa
  • Il paradiso del pavone by laura Bispuri
  • Pu bu (The Falls) by Chung Mong-Hong
  • El hoyo en la cerca by Joaquín del Paso
  • Amira by Mohamed Diab
  • À plein temps by Eric Gravel
  • Cenzorka (107 Mothers) by Peter Kerekes


There is a long programme also for the Out of Competition section of the Venice Film Festival lineup 2021 that will showcase world-famous works of well-established authors, documentaries and films where the show is given by new forms of expressive or narrative originality.

  • Il Bambino nascosto by Roberto Andò – Film di chiusura
  • Les Choses Humaines by Yvan Attal
  • Ariaferma by Leonardo di Costanzo
  • Halloween Kills by David Gordon Green
  • La scuola cattolica by Stefano Mordini
  • Old Henery by Potsy Ponciroli
  • The last Duel by Ridley Scott
  • Dune di Denis Villeneuve
  • Last night in Soho by Edgard Wright
  • Etc.


Special Event

  • La Biennale di Venezia: il Cinema la tempo del Covid by Andrea Segre – pre-opening movie
  • Ricostruire Insieme – Biennale Architettura 2021 by Graziano Conversano
  • Inferno Rosso. Joe D’Amato sulla via dell’eccesso by Manlio Gomarasca and Massimiliano Zanin
  • GES – 2 by Nastia Korkia
  • Pietro il Grande by Antonello Sarno
  • Le 7 giornate di Bergamo by Simona Ventura

On top of the three main sections, which group some of the most anticipated Venice movies at the festival, we cannot miss the Venice Film Festival schedule 2021, Biennale College - Cinema and Venice Virtual Reality.

  • Inaugurated in 2012, Biennale College - Cinema is a high-tech lab for the production of low-cost films open to young filmmakers from all over the world. There are six feature films selected and produced for the Venetian Film Festival plus four films from the ninth edition and two feature films from the eight edition.
  • Venice Virtual Reality is the first competition dedicated exclusively to films in Virtual Reality.

Expect glamour, screenings, parties, international guests and lots of excitement at the Venice Film Festival – calendar 2021! The Venice Lido is ready to open its doors to cinema, renewing itself every year to offer an event always in line with the novelties and trends of the modern film industry… Events, great actors and entertainment are waiting for you from 1 to 11 September!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff