1. The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organised by La Biennale di Venezia, will be held on the Lido of Venice from September 2nd to September 12th, 2015. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
2. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
3. OFFICIAL SELECTION
3.1 Venezia 72
An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature films, presented as world premieres.
3.2 Out of Competition
Some of the most important works of the year will be presented in the non-competing section, for a maximum of 12 films. They may include the works of established authors who have participated in Competition in previous editions of the Venice Film Festival, or films in which the spectacular dimension is accompanied by forms of expressive or narrative originality. Some films Out of Competition may be screened during the Midnight time slot, if their characteristics make them particularly suitable for showing at this time of night.
Only feature films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted.
An international competition reserved to a maximum of 20 films, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema, with special attention to debut films, young talents who are not yet firmly established, indie features, as well as works that address specific genres and current production, with the aim of innovating and demonstrating creative originality.
The Orizzonti section contains a selection of competing short films lasting a maximum of 20 minutes, selected on the basis of criteria such as quality and originality of language and expression.
Only feature-length and short films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted.
3.4 Venice Classics
This section features a selection of the finest restorations of classic films carried out over the past year by film libraries, cultural institutions and productions around the world, committed to the preservation and cultivation of the cinematographic heritage and the rediscovery of neglected or undervalued works of the past.
The section may be completed with the presentation of documentaries about cinema or individual authors of yesteryear or today that can offer innovative elements of historical and/or critical assessment.
4. VENICE FILM MARKET
The Venice Film Market will be organised during the Festival: it will place its infrastructures and screening rooms at the disposal of producers, buyers and international sales companies, for the sale and purchase of films including those not officially invited to the Festival. Participation in the Venice Film Market is subject to specific regulations.
5. INDEPENDENT AND PARALLEL SECTIONS
5.1 Settimana Internazionale della Critica (SIC - International Critics’ Week)
A series of no more than 8 films – debut works – independently organised by a commission nominated by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI) in accordance with its own regulations.
5.2 Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days)
A series of no more than 12 films, independently promoted by the Italian filmmakers association (ANAC) and by the 100 Autori association. Films are selected in accordance with their own regulations.