Venice: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall Join Competition Jury

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John Landis will chair the jury of the new VR competition.

Annette Bening will lead this year's Venice Film Festival international competition jury. 

Joining her to dole out the fest's main prizes are: Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, Iron Man 3 actress Rebecca Hall, Golden Bear-winning Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi, Mexican director Michel Franco, French actress Anna Mouglalis, critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmind Trinca and Taiwanese helmer Yonfan.

In addition to awarding the Golden Lion for best film, Bening and her team will be responsible for choosing the winners of the Silver Lion grand jury prize; the Silver Lion for best director; prizes for best actor, actress and screenplay; a special jury prize; and the Marcello Mastroianni award for best new actor or actress.

Italian director and 1998 Golden Lion winner Gianni Amelio will head up the Horizons jury. Rounding out that panel are Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, American director Ami Canaan Mann, U.K. director Mark Cousins, Argentine screenwriter and architect Andres Duprat, Belgian helmer Fien Troch and French director Rebecca Zlotowski.

Horizons awards are presented for best film, director, actor, actress, screenplay and short film, as well as a special jury prize.

Once again, the Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future award will be given for best debut film, with a cash prize of $100,000. The Lion of the Future jury will be headed up by French director Benoit Jacquot, who will be joined by British film programmer Geoff Andrew, Hong Kong producer Albert Lee, Italian actress Greta Scarano and Greek director Yorgos Zois.

And, new this year, the Venice Virtual Reality jury will be led by John Landis, director of such films as Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places. A restored version of his film Into the Night will screen in Venice this year.

Landis will be joined on the Virtual Reality jury by French helmer Celine Sciamma and director Ricky Tognazzi. They will award prizes for best VR film and VR creativity, as well as a VR grand jury prize.

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