Artist-turned-filmmaker won Silver Lion in 2009

The Venice Film Festival has tapped Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat to head the jury of its recently revamped Horizons section, which is dedicated to new trends in world cinema.

Concurrently, the Lido has recruited German helmer Fatih Akin to preside over the jury of its Luigi de Laurentiis Award for best first work.

Neshat won last year’s Silver Lion for director with feminist drama “Women Without Men,” based on her previous art installations.

As a visual artist who ventured into filmmaking, Neshat seems ideally suited to head the newly reconfigured Horizons sidebar, which this year will include works in different formats as the fest looks to attract more submissions from the broader visual arts world and to become more of a laboratory for cutting-edge cinema.

The section has added two awards for full-length works and prizes for short and medium length works.

The fest’s 67th edition runs Sept. 1-11.

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