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Biennale Cinema: main features of the 77th Venice Film Festival

The 77th Venice International Film Festival will run from September 2 to 12, 2020.

#VeniceProductionBridge#BiennaleCinema2020 Photo Gallery with 450 ambiance pictures English I French


Highlights from the 5th edition of the Venice Production Bridge

La Biennale di Venezia Venice Production Bridge September 3 - 11, 2020



The 5th edition of the Venice Production Bridge, will be held during the 77th Venice International Film Festival. It will once again focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production.

Needless to say that 2020 has been a very difficult year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Our Industry belongs to the ones which have been deeply touched by this disaster and we stand in support with everyone who has been personally affected.
The Venice Production Bridge has been constantly adjusting itself to follow the evolution of the industry with the long-term aim of enabling producers and directors to complete their projects. This year it has a special role to contribute to the restart of the cinema and VR worlds.

We are thus particularly proud to highlight some of the projects from our previous editions that have been selected for the 77th Venice International Film FestivalQuo Vadis, Aida by Jasmila Zbanic (Venezia 77), La Nuit De Rois by Philippe Lacôte and Guerra e Pace by Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti (both Orizzonti), Spaccapietre by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio and Saint Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce (both in Giornate Degli Autori).

The Venice Production Bridge will be held as an in-person and onsite event at the Excelsior Hotel, 3rd floor,  on the Lido di Venezia,  with specific components also taking place digitally. It will therefore preserve its physical event on the Lido, while also offering many possibilities to participate remotely and worldwide.

Selected panels and events that will be take place at the Excelsior Hotel, will be streamed for the first time through the Venice Production Bridge website  to guarantee the maximum of possible participation on a global level. Market Screenings of titles from the official selection of the Venice International Film Festival, as well as other titles, will be taking place exclusively online this year, to make them available to the widest possible audience of accredited professionals.

For those unable to attend in-person due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, online participation will as well be possible for the onsite components through streaming and virtual one-to-one meetings. A special online access accreditation is available

The Venice Production Bridge will therefore continue to provide producers worldwide with a unique possibility of meeting the multiple categories of financiers (distributors, sales agents, banks, private and public investment funds, regions and film commissions, broadcasters, video aggregators and Internet platforms) who are participating in the creation of the necessary financial package to create a film.

The Venice Production Bridge will propose the following events:
September 4 - 6


The 7th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, will once again be the place where selected European and International projects will be presented to close their financing through one-to-one meetings with international decision-makers.  

The 3-day Venice Gap-Financing Market will present 55 projects from around the world in the final stages of development and funding. These projects include 28 Fiction and Documentary features,  12 Virtual Reality Immersive Story projects, plus 12 Virtual Reality and 3 Fiction projects that have been taken part in the Biennale College Cinema workshops.

With this edition we are happy to welcome the new fiction, animation and documentary projects of notable filmmakers such as Steve McQueenEmily AtefGiulio Ricciarelli , Anita Rocha da Silveira , Clement VirgoMarian MathiasNatalia LópezEna SendijarevicPia MaraisMalek BensmaïlMyrsini AristidouAndrei Cretulescu and Lotfy Nathan to name but a few.
Among the VR Immersive Story Projects, which will be this year presented online, we are excited to present the new projects of creators such as Erfan Saadati Zhi - Zhong TangIoana MischieAmer Shomali,   Hanna VästinsaloAbdalsalam Alhaj , amongst many others.

The selection reflects the great diversity of backgrounds, content, form, points of views, aesthetics and budgets of the projects submitted for consideration.

This event will be held in-person at the Excelsior Hotel of the Lido di Venezia for the Fiction and Documentary titles. For the VR Immersive Story projects, as well as for the Biennale College Cinema – VR and Cinema projects, the event will be held online.
Virtual one-to-one meetings, organised online between the projects attending in-person will also be possible for those accredited professionals unable to travel to Venice this year.
The BOOK OF PROJECTS containg the detailed information on all of the 55 selected projects can be accessed and downloaded here:
September 7 - 9

The Final Cut in Venice workshop  will present a limited number of quality work-in-progress films coming from all African countries and  5 Middle East countries (Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon) and will give them the opportunity of finding the post-production financing through our supporters and the participants.
The workshop will consist in three days of activities, in which the working copies of six selected films are introduced to producers, buyers, distributors, post-production companies and film festival programmers.

Due to the current situation the entire Final Cut in Venice programme, including the screenings, workshop and the one-to-one meetings, will take place virtually this year.

The first two days of the workshop (September 7th and 8th) will be devoted to the screenings, which will be held through the VPB Website. The meetings between professionals attending the Venice Production Bridge and the representatives of the projects will be organized  online on the third day, September 9th .
The 6 work in progress films selected are:

HADJER(Algeria, France) by Anis Djaad, Alegria Productions
HARVEST (France, Lebanon, Belgium, Qatar, USA) by Ely Dagher, Andolfi
SOULA (Algeria, France) by Salah Issaad, Issaad Film Productions
GUARDIAN OF THE WORLDS (France ,Tunisia) by Leïla Chaïbi, L’image d’après
OUR CHOICES (Syria, France, Qatar) by Salah Al Ashkar, Caractères Productions
THE BLUE INMATES (Lebanon) by Zeina Daccache,  Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy

The workshop will conclude with the awarding of prizes, in kind or in cash, for the financial support of the films in their post-production phase.
The FINAL CUT IN VENICE BROCHURE containg detailed information on all of the 6 selected films can be accessed and downloaded here:

September 4 - 6

The 5th edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market will take place in-person at the Excelsior Hotel on the Lido di Venezia. 

The Book Adaptation Rights Market will offer 18 selected, international publishing houses and literary agencies a dedicated area within the Venice Production Bridge and the possibility for one-to-one meetings between publishers and producers. The meetings will allow to foster lasting relationships and to make deals on the adaptation of novels, drama, children’s literature, short stories, comics, graphic novels, essays, biographies. 

The Book Adaptation Rights Market will enable the invited publishers to propose their entire catalogue for film adaptation, rather than focusing on a single book, as opposed to other events dedicated to publishing within the context of film festivals.  
This event will provide publishers, literary agents and producers with a unique opportunity to get to know each other and thus build long-term relationships.

The 18 publishers invited to the Book Adaptation Rights Market this year are:
  • Agenzia Letteraria Malatesta (Italy)
  • DeA Planeta Libri (Italy)
  • Éditions de l’Homme Sans Nom (France)
  • Editorial Anagrama (Spain)
  • Editorial Planeta (Spain)
  • Elisabeth Ruge Agentur GmbH (Germany)
  • Feltrinelli Editore (Italy)
  • Giulio Einaudi Editore (Italy)
  • Gruppo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol (Italy)
  • Lannoo Publisher (Belgium)
  • Michael Gaeb Literary Agency (Germany)
  • Mondadori Libri (Italy)
  • Northern Stories Literary Agency (Norway)
  • Nottetempo (Italy)
  • Rizzoli (Italy)
  • Singel Uitgeverijen (Netherlands)
  • Sperling & Kupfer – Edizioni Frassinelli – Edizioni Piemme (Italy)
  • Suhrkamp Verlag (Germany)

Ever since its first edition during the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the Book Adaptation Rights Market has met with great success as proven by the publishers’ requests to participate again in this event as well as by a growing demand from the producers looking for original intellectual properties (IP).

Virtual one-to-one meetings organised online with the publishers attending in-person will also be possible for those accredited professionals unable to travel to Venice.
The BARM BROCHURE with all the profiles of the publishers and the titles they have available for adaptation can be found here: 

September 4 


EUROVOD  will organize the conference "Diverse, Independent And Sustainable: Building European Vod" from 10:00 to 12:30 at the Excelsior, Spazio Incontri and streamed via the VPB Website on the VPB Live Channel, while from 14.30 until 18.00  20 European VOD platforms and companies attending will be able to propose their services to international distributors, rights holders and AV professionals through in-person one-to-one meetings. In order to book the meetings, a reserved area VOD Market Day will be available to Industry delegates (Gold, Trade and Online VPB) on the website.
September 4

Fostering recovery & building resilience: Audiovisual as a key industry for Europe’s growth.
In association with the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme, La Biennale di Venezia will organise another edition of the European Film Forum that will gather key industry leaders from all over the world.
Seizing the opportunity of celebrating the 77th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival, and in light of the current challenging crisis, this event will take stock of the situation of Europe’s audiovisual ecosystem during the past months and will look at the future, discussing ways to ensure immediate recovery while guaranteeing long-term competitiveness of this key industry for Europe’s economy.
The event will be opened by Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale di Venezia, and by a high representative of the European Commission.
The Venice Production Bridge will continue to offer many onsite services at the 3rd floor of the Excelsior Hotel,  such as the Industry Gold Club, to support networking among the participants, an Exhibition Area and a Business Centre, equipped with computers, Internet and Wi-Fi access.

The VPB Market Screenings and the Digital Video Library 
for films from the official selection and other titles will this year be held online and will be open exclusively to accredited professionals through the B2B site Festival Scope Pro.

Selected international panels held at the Spazio Incontri will be streamed live through the VPB website. Also panels organised by third parties as part of the services offered by the VPB can be streamed upon request.

New, virtual advertising opportunities are also available to accredited companies. For all details click here below:



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