Venice Days gets competitive

Exclusive: Parallel Venice section also planning out-of-festival activities to build new audiences for independent cinema.

Venice Days will launch a new €20,000 ($27,000) prize at its 11th edition which is due to unfold on the Venetian Lido Aug 27-Sept 6.

“Venice Days celebrated its 10th birthday in 2013. We’ve always held that our selection is our best calling card but as we enter a second decade we want to renew and refresh what we do,” Venice Days artistic director Giorgio Gosetti told Screen.

Up until now Venice Days, which runs parallel to the Venice Film Festival, has been non-competitive.

Prizes for films in the selection have been meted out independently by the Europa Cinemas Label and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (Fedora).

Last year, Israeli espionage drama Bethlehem won the Fedora best film prize and French Jean Denizot’s child custody battle drama La Belle Vie clinched the Europa Cinemas award.

Gosetti said Venice
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