80ª Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di Venezia

80th Venice International Film Festival

14 August 2023

The Venice Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival is the film festival with the longest tradition, and one of the most prestigious in the world. The idea was born in 1932 by then President of the Biennale Giuseppe Volpi, together with sculptor Antonio Maraini and film critic Luciano de Feo.

The Exhibition immediately garnered widespread success and popularity, becoming an annual event as early as 1935. To this day, The Venice Film Festival is considered an important film art event on an international level, highlighting some of the most successful directors and performers of our time. The red carpet of the Venice Lido embodies a perfect atmosphere between tradition and glamorous appeal, which has always distinguished this event.

The main aim of the Venice Film Festival is to foster the dissemination of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and industry, thus evoking a spirit of freedom and dialogue.


80th Edition 

This year marks the 80th edition of the Film Festival, organized by the Venice Biennale and directed by Alberto Barbera to be held at the Venice Lido from August 30 to September 9, 2023. She will hold the role of godmother of the Venice Film Festival 2023, actress Caterina Murino.

Caterina will open the Festival on the evening of Wednesday, August 30, on the stage of the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido) during the opening ceremony and will lead the event until the last evening on September 9, when the final ceremony will take place during which the Lions and other official awards of the 80th Venice Film Festival will be announced.

In addition, as every year, both the Venice Lido and the entire city will be transformed into a theater full of events and appointments for all participants and visiting tourists. From cocktail parties, parties in luxurious Venetian palaces, to other cultural gatherings (provided in the program of events on the official website), there will be no shortage of opportunities for unique experiences.


Mario Serandrei Award

The Award is a tribute to Mario Serandrei, master of editing, one of the figures who contributed most to creating great Italian cinema from the 1930s onwards. Hence the special bond of the Serandrei family - owner for five generations of the historic Hotel Saturnia & International and Ca' Pisani Deco Design Hotel, both 4-star Superior structures in the heart of Venice - with the world of cinema.

From this family heritage, but more generally from the attention to tradition and the link with the cultural life of the city, comes the institution, within the International Film Critics' Week, of the Mario Serandrei Award, now in its eighth year.



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