Unlike some other festivals, the Venice Film Festival, under the direction of film critic Alberto Barbera, is open to the public. It will be held on the Lido, in early September 2016, at the Palazzo del Cinema, the Palazzo del Casinò, the Sala Darsena and the PalaBiennale. The list of films is released in July.
In the official competition, 20 feature films will compete to win the famous Golden Lion, the top award at the Mostra. As always, these films will be world premieres. As well, there will be 18 ‘out of competition' films by established directors.
But the Festival also comprises many other awards, including the ‘Horizons' award, which is dedicated to young talent and short formats. There are the parallel sections, a panorama of Italian cinema, the International Critics' Week, a selection of the best restorations of the year and the 12 films revealed at Venice Days by Anac (the Italian Filmmakers Association).
It is advisable to book your hotel well in advance and buy your tickets as soon as the film selection has been released.
73e Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di Venezia
Palazzo del Cinema
30126 Lido di Venezia
From 31 August to 10 September 2016
Most screenings are not free. Tickets go on sale on the website when the film selection is released.