Venice Film Festival Remakes Market With New Co-Production Program

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The fest also announced changes to outdoor venue Cinema nel Giardino.

For its 73rd edition, the Venice International Film Festival is revamping its market, outdoor venue and awards program.

The Venice Film Market, entering its fifth year, will revitalize its offerings with a new Venice Production Bridge, focusing on the presentation of original works in progress to further their development and production. The new initiative will expand on the current offerings of the Biennale College, which chooses and develops three feature length films each year.

The bridge program aims to address the growing need for opportunities at international film festivals that will lead to co-productions more than simply finished works. The focus also will extend beyond films and cover documentaries, TV series, web series and virtual reality. In total, 40 projects will be chosen to be presented at the market.

Pascal Diot and Savina Neirotti will oversee the Venice Production Bridge program at the Hotel Excelsior. The market is set to run Sept. 1-5.

Venice’s board also confirmed the new Cinema nel Giardino section, which soft-launched last year. The non-competitive outdoor section features world premieres and high-profile public discussions with the public. No accreditations are necessary to attend. The new cinema space will feature 450 seats.

In addition, changes were made to the awards categories, with an additional Silver Lion, the Grand Jury Prize, being added as the second-most-important prize after the Golden Lion for best film. The Silver Lion award for best director remains. The Horizons section introduced a new award for best screenplay. And the international jury is now capped at seven members.

The 73rd Venice International Film Festival is set to run Aug. 31-Sept. 10.