Venice unveils 'Club Orizzonti'
New facility to service fest's Horizons sidebarLOCARNO, Switzerland -- The Venice Film Festival on Thursday revealed plans for an initiative called "Club Orizzonti," a separate place for meetings open to filmmakers, producers, and others associated with the nearly 70 films in the festival's revamped Orizzonti (Horizons) sidebar.
The Club Orizzonti, located in the space used until two years ago as the festival's industry lounge on the first floor of the Lido's Casino.
In addition to being open to those associated with the Horizons sidebar, the club will be open to all accredited visitors to the festival following the screening of each of the sidebar's films in the adjacent Sala Perla cinema.
The facilities will include food and drink, an area for relaxation, and for professional meetings. Venice artistic director Marco Mueller said he hoped the Club Orizzonti would become one of the main reference points for those connected with films in the sidebar and for the festival in general.
"I think there has been a need for a space like this one," Mueller said.
The Horizons sidebar, now in its seventh edition, has been revamped this year to include a wide array of "extra-format" films, ranging from innovative shorts to full and extra length features and documentaries.
The 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 1-11.