Venice Days Reconfigures Prizes With Eye On New Audiences

The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section is reconfiguring its prizes and taking a formative tack.

After ten years as a non-competitive event, the prestigious section modelled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight is introducing two prizes, the first of which will have 28 young film buffs as jurors, guided by a high-caliber helmer who will serve as jury prexy.

The 28 jurors will be selected young cinephiles from 28 different European countries, as part of the European Parliament’s 28 Times Cinema initiative.

Their final deliberations will be streamed live, the idea being that the discussion can constitute a fascinating film class of sorts.

As previously announced, the winner of this new Venice Days prize will get a Euros 20,000 ($27,000) cash prize to be split between the producer and the director.

Additionally, Venice Days will have another nod voted on by the festival audience.

“Our mantra is: ‘training a new audience for a new cinema,” Gosetti (pictured) told Variety. “We have to become more of a match maker between movies and new generations.”

In this spirit, Venice Days will hold a confab on new narrative models in TV series, because “that’s what kids want to watch,” Gosetti said.

Meanwhile, the Venice Days cultural exchange initiative with Tribeca continues. The Tribeca title that will screen on the Lido will soon be announced. Venice Days will also continue its collaboration with Prada label Miu Miu on their micro sidebar titled “Women’s Tales.”

A special focus will be dedicated to movies from Quebec which, thanks to directors such as Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”), is emerging as a hot cinematic spot.

The 11th edition of Venice Days will run Aug 27-Sept 6.

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