Venice Film Festival to Make Full 'Horizons' Lineup Available for Online Viewing

The poster for the 70th Venice Film Festival

The move comes a year after movies from the section focused on new trends were offered digitally on a trial basis.

LACCO AMENO, Ischia -- The Venice Film Festival announced Wednesday it would extend and expand its initiative to make films in the festival's Horizons section available online.

The move comes a year after the festival allowed fans to access Horizons films digitally on a trial basis.

PHOTOS: 2012 Venice Film Festival

As was the case last year, "tickets" for the virtual screenings will be limited (500 this year), and those viewings will be scheduled in sync with the actual screening on the Lido. Fans all over the world will be able to access the Horizons films. Tickets will cost  $5.50 (€4.20) and will be sold starting in August on the festival website.

All the films will be shown in their original language, with English-language subtitles -- just as during the regular screenings at the festival.

The Horizons section, which focuses on new trends in filmmaking, so far is the only Venice section to allow for online viewing of titles.

STORY: Warner Bros. Space Thriller 'Gravity' to Open Venice Film Festival

The films in the Horizons section have not yet been announced. They will be revealed July 25, along with most of the rest of the festival's lineup.

The 70th edition of the Venice festival runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.

Twitter: @EricJLyman