Magazine article Screen International

Alberto Barbera Plans Key Changes for Venice

Magazine article Screen International

Alberto Barbera Plans Key Changes for Venice

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Among the changes are a market infrastructure and a cut in the number of films in official selection.

The Venice Film Festival's new artistic director Alberto Barbera has already instituted key changes for the 69th festival (Aug 29 to Sept 8).

Barbera told Screen in Cannes this week that a market infrastructure has been put in place under Pascal Diot for the festival's official market which will run Aug 30 to Sept 3 with a base on the first floor of the Excelsior Hotel. Up to 120 buyers will be flown in for the market for four nights apiece to boost business at Venice while a digital video library with up to 45 stations will offer screening facilities.

Barbera is also cutting the number of films in the official selection to a maximum of 18 films in competition, 18 films in Orizzonti, 12-15 films in out of competition or special screening slots and 20-25 restored or classic titles. …

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