Venice launches 27 Times Cinema

Variety to serve as cultural partner

The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section is launching a program for young film buffs in tandem with several European Union film entities, and with Variety as cultural partner.

The 27 Times Cinema initiative is being promoted by the European Parliament’s committee on culture and education with the collaboration of Europa Cinemas and the EU’s Lux prize for the European audience.

Participants ages 18-26 are selected from 27 EU countries. They comprise young film students, emerging independent filmmakers, festival workers, photographers, critics and bloggers.

They will take part in discussions at the Venice Days Filmmakers’ Villa on the Lido, some of which will be moderated by Variety journalists.

These talks start Sept. 2 with “Creativity, freedom and censorship: Jafar Panahi,” concerning the Iranian helmer who was released by the authorities in Tehran in May after being arrested in March and held on unspecified charges.

Subsequent themes will include American and European independent production models; festivals and audiences; and memory and cultural roots.

Variety is publishing a daily newspaper at the fest, which runs Sept. 1-11, in tandem with the Venice Biennale.

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