Category expanded to include multidisciplinary arts

The Venice Film Festival is stepping into the multidisciplinary-arts realm by overhauling its competitive Horizons section to include works in all formats.

The high-profile Lido section is opening up to shorts and medium-length works, as well as entries well over two hours, and will be paying particular attention to submissions coming from the broader visual-arts world, as a way to become a laboratory of sorts for the growing trend.

The increasing number of films made by artists crossing over into cinema has been evidenced lately by Iranian video-artist Shirin Neshat’s “Women Without Men” which took last’s year’s Venice Silver Lion, by British conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood’s John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Man,” and Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist’s “Pepperminta,” which unspooled in the 2009 Horizons.

“The Venice Film Festival becomes the place for future forms of cinema,” said Paolo Baratta, prexy of the Venice Biennale, which besides overseeing the fest runs the venerable Venice arts Biennale, with which the Lido is now seeking to gain synergy.

Venice has also appointed two Horizons researchers, Cecilia Alemanni, curator of New York’s X Initiative arts consortium, and Sergio Fant, a collaborator with various fests, who will work closely with fest topper Marco Mueller.

The 67th edition of Venice will run Sept. 1-11.

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