Venice International Film Festival is one of the oldest in the world. It was first held in 1932. The initiator of its creation was the dictator Benito Mussolini. During its existence, the festival has become the most popular cinema forum that attracts the attention of film professionals and lovers all over the world.
Every year in August-September on the island of Lido in Italy, the famous film festival is held, which attracts filmmakers and film fans from all over the world.
The festival program of the Venice Festival consists of the main competition, the Orizzonti (Horizons) program, a competition for short films and animation films, and an out-of-competition screening.
Films that have not taken part in other festival screenings and have not been shown anywhere else are selected for the main competition. The Horizons program usually includes experimental and innovative films.
The choice of films is directly handled by the director of the Venice Film Festival and an expert commission. Foreign consultants are actively helping them.
The list of films selected for participation is kept in strict confidence. Journalists, filmmakers and moviegoers around the world are eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the competition program. Approximately a month before the opening of the film forum in Italy, the expert commission is determined with the final choice. Then a complete list of films is posted on the official website of the Venice International Film Festival. Looking at it, everyone has the opportunity to get acquainted with the program of the upcoming event.
In the anniversary year for the Venice Film Festival in 2012, films of famous directors will compete for the main prizes - the Golden and Silver Lions of St. Mark: “Pieta” by Kim Ki-Duka, “Mayhem 2” by Takeshi Kitano, “Passion” by Brian de Palma. Three Russian films will also take part in the festival screening. In the main competition - "Treason" by K. Serebrennikov, in the program "Horizons" - "I also want" by A. Balabanov. And the documentary film by L. Arkus "Anton is here beside" was included by the expert commission in the out-of-competition screening.