Venice fest adds prize

Grand Jury Prize to be ranked as third kudos

ROME

The Venice Film Festival is tweaking its nods, adding a Grand Jury Prize to the main competish to give more pics a chance to score kudos, as it celebrates its 70th edition.

The nod will be third in hierarchical order, after the Golden and Silver Lions, and ahead of the fest’s Special Jury Prize.

The prize tweaks do not do away with the rule stating that the Golden Lion winner cannot also score prizes in other categories, such as acting nods.

This was considered to be the reason why Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” took the Silver Lion for directing, rather than the gold, because the jury wanted to honor its stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix with a shared best actor Volpi Cup.

Venice has also added two nods to its Horizons section for more cutting edge works by emerging helmers — the Horizons best director prize and the Horizons special prize for innovative content.

The fest confirmed that the Venice Film Market, which bowed last year, will continue, as will its Venice Classics section dedicated to freshly restored vintage pics.

Both are part of the fest’s new imprint under artistic director Alberto Barbera.

Venice announced its panel of experts, confirming that Giulia d’Agnolo Vallan is still on board as its U.S. rep.

Venice will run Aug. 28 to Sept. 7.

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