Magazine article Screen International

Venice Chief Barbara Talks Festival Additions, Revamped Market

Magazine article Screen International

Venice Chief Barbara Talks Festival Additions, Revamped Market

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Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) is on a roll having played host to the Best Picture Oscar winner two years in a row while three years ago Gravity went on to score seven Oscars. Ahead of the world's oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.

The success of Gravity, Birdman and Spotlight "changed something in producer's attitudes to the festival," Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera told Screen.

"They now recognize that the festival offers a unique combination of calendar position and international press coverage. In Gravity's year we missed out on 12 Years A Slave to Toronto but that situation might not repeat itself today."

This year the festival is to revamp and re-launch its market offering under the banner Venice Production Bridge, which will incorporate existing market strands and add TV, VR and web series elements. …

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