Venice Names Full Juries for Horizons Sidebar, De Laurentiis Prize for Debut Films

The festival previously announced that Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino and Indian director Shekhar Kapur, respectively, will be head jury members.

ROME – Former Venice Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski, American film producer Jason Kilot and Sandra de Hamer, director of the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, are among the jury members selected for the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons sidebar, organizers announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Italian actress Isabella Ferrari and Greco-French film critic and historian Michel Demopoulos are among those on the jury that will hand out the Luigi De Laurentiis honor for Best Debut Film.

Venice previously announced that Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino will preside over the Horizons jury that will award three prizes: the Orizzonti Prize, the Special Orizzoni Jury Prize and the Orizzonti Short Film Prize. Indian director and producer Shekhar Kapur will be the president of the jury that will select the Debut Film honor named for De Laurentiis, the late Italian producer. The prize winners must be drawn from all the debut feature-length films in Venice’s various competitive sections.

Neither the Horizons competition or the De Laurentiis honor allow for shared awards.

Joining Kapur, Ferrari and Demopoulos on the Debut film jury will be French DJ and record producer Bob Sinclar and Matt Reeves, the U.S.-based television and film writer and director.

The Horizons jury, meanwhile, will be rounded out by British artist Runa Islam, a nominee for the 2008 Turner Prize for U.K. visual artists; Nadine Labaki, the award-winning Lebanese director and actress; and Amir Naderi, the exiled Iranian director whose drama Cut appeared in the Horizons sidebar last year.

They join New York-based Macedonian director Manchevski, a Venice regular who won the festival’s Golden Lion prize in 1994 for Before the Rain and whose western drama Dust was the opening film in Venice 11 years ago; Kilot, who has produced films from noted directors including Brian De Palma, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh; and den Hamer, who was also the director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam for a five-year term ending in 2004.

With these selections, all the main juries for the 69th edition of the Venice festival have been named, following the announcement of the main competition jury last Friday and the previously-announced elimination of the Contracampo Italiano sidebar for Italian films.

The Venice event, directed this year by former Italian National Film Museum head Alberto Barbera, will take place August 29-Sept. 8.