Venice Film Fest unveils new sidebar

Seven fiction and nonfiction films in Italian focus

ROME -- The next edition of the Venice Film Festival will include a new sidebar dubbed Controcampo Italiano, which will focus on new trends in Italian cinema.

The section will feature up to seven fiction and non-fiction films, all of them world premieres. The films will screen in the Lido's top venues and the winner will receive €40,000 ($51,200) in film stock from Kodak.

The name is a link to Venice's past: It was previously used in the 1980s, under then-artistic director Carlo Lizzani.

The 66th edition of the Venice festival will take place Sept. 2-12.
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