The Venice Film Festival was the first of its kind when it launched in 1932. It is now one of the longest running film festivals and one of the ‘Big Three’, competing with events in Cannes and Berlin. The festival showcases some of the best independent movies and outstanding lead performances.
La Biennale di Venezia is typically attended by international film stars, actors, and directors hoping to win an award. The Golden Lion is the most prestigious festival prize given to those who make an important contribution to cinema. Notable winners include the likes of Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in 2005 starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and other venues around the city also host film screenings throughout the 10-day period.
The 73rd edition of the festival will be held this year from August 31st-September 10th in Lido, Venice helping to promote international cinema in all forms. The event also includes tributes to major actors and figures through the years and teaches visitors about the history of cinema. The names of attendees are yet to be announced, but will no doubt be one to follow!