1. The 74th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will be held on the Lido di Venezia from August 30th to September 9th, 2017. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).
2. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote 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 74
An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature-length 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 18 films. They may include the works of established authors who have participated in Competition in previous editions of the Venice Film Festival, documentaries 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 to the selection.
An international competition reserved for a maximum of 18 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 and lesser-known cinema, as well as works that address specific genres and current production, with the aim of innovating and demonstrating creative originality.
The Orizzonti section features 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 to the selection.
3.4 Venice Classics
This section features the world premiere screenings of 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 for historical and critical assessment.
3.5 Cinema in the Garden
This non-competitive section features a selection of works, of different genres and lengths, which may be preceded or accompanied by public encounters and conversations with the directors, actors and personalities from the world of art and culture.
Only films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted to the selection.
4. VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE
A film market has been organized as part of theVenice Film Festival, not only to ensure the continuity of the services developed in the past (Industry Club, European Gap Financing Market, Business Centre, Digital Video Library and Market Screenings), but to offer a meeting ground and networking opportunity for all categories of professionals involved in the production of films: producers, funders, distributors, sales, public and private investment funds, banks, film commissions, broadcasters, Internet platforms. Within the context of the Venice Gap-Financing Market (1-3 September), the Venice Production Bridge (31 August - 5 September) will present a wide selection of projects in an advanced phase of development and pre-funding in the categories of films, documentaries, Virtual reality, TV and web series. It will also organize the fifth edition of Final Cut in Venice (reserved for works-in-progress from African countries, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria), and the second edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market.
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 appointed 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 the regulations of these associations.