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Venice Film Festival

Also known as Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, the festival takes place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, Lido di Venezia (Venice, Itay), and aims to promote awareness and diffusion of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures, as a contribution to a better understanding of the history of cinema.  The main prize  awarded – along with several others – is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city (the lion of St. Mark’s Basilica). It is the world’s oldest film festival. The first edition was held in 1932. The festival’s main prize, the Golden Lion, is considered one of the most important from the standpoint of film criticism, like those awarded in the other two main European film festivals, the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

This festival occurs every year and is suitable for people 18 years and older. This year (2012), it is happening from August 29 to September 8.

For more information, please visit

Tickets for the festival’s single events can be bought on line at as soon as the program and calendar for the upcoming festival become available. Tickets can also be bought through Book soon as tickets sold out very quickly.

Tourist Information Center:
APT della Provincia di Venezia Castello 5050, 30122 Venezia
Tel. +39 0415298711
Fax +39 0415230399


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