×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Venice Shakes Up Film Market

Lido offers more venues, networking opportunities

After launching the Lido’s first bona-fide bazaar last year, Venice Film Market topper Pascal Diot is looking to expand it by offering more space for screenings, plus networking opportunities and matchmaking initiatives within the Lido’s relaxed setting, which is fast becoming VFM’s trademark.

Last year, market screenings were mostly via its digital video library, with just one 15-seat screening room available. This year, Diot has the 100-seat Sala Pasinetti and two other venues at his disposal for market screenings of pics world-preeming in the official selection and in Venice Days and Critics’ Week. This is fresh fare that “sellers want the buyers to see on a bigscreen,” Diot says.

Diot last year invited about 70 buyers from all over the world. This year he’s inviting 60 buyers and 40 producers in an effort to diversify his networking strategy. He expects the overall number of attendees to be at least on a par with last year when VFM welcomed 1,100 registered industryites, including at least 250 international buyers.

In terms of networking, VFM will have a day dedicated to meetings between sales companies and arthouse exhibitors, capitalizing on a big meet the Intl. Confederation of Art Cinemas is holding in Venice at the start of the fest.

It’s an effort on Diot’s part to create a direct bridge between sales companies and indie exhibitors who may be interested in pics that haven’t been picked up.

“I want the Venice Film Market to become a place to network and do deals in a casual setting,” Diot says.

More Film

  • Black Panther

    'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Westworld' Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

    “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]

  • WGA Writers Contract Talks

    Talent Agents, WGA Achieve Progress in Second Round of Talks

    Hollywood talent agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved some progress at their second negotiating session over agency regulations, according to sources close to the talks. The two sides met Tuesday, two weeks after their first meeting resulted in both sides criticizing each other, followed by the WGA holding a trio of spirited [...]

  • Aaron Paul

    Film News Roundup: Aaron Paul Honored by Sun Valley Film Festival

    In today’s film news roundup, Aaron Paul is honored, Bruce Berman is re-upped at Village Roadshow, and Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher get a book deal. FESTIVAL HONORS The Sun Valley Film Festival has selected Idaho native and three-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul as the winner of its Pioneer Award, presented by Variety for his [...]

  • Olivia Munn]EMILY'S List Pre-Oscars Brunch, Inside,

    Olivia Munn Says Brett Ratner Called Her Before His 'Howard Stern' Apology

    Olivia Munn is setting the record straight about standing up to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner, whom she alleges sexually harassed her over a decade ago. During a panel discussion at the Emily’s List pre-Oscars brunch at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Tuesday morning, Munn revealed that Ratner called her in 2011 after he denied [...]

  • Flesh Out review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Flesh Out'

    Ignore the awful English-language title: “Flesh Out” is an emotionally rich, sensitively made film about a young woman in Mauritania forced to gain weight in order to conform to traditional concepts of well-rounded beauty before her impending marriage. Strikingly registering the sensations of a protagonist living between the dutiful traditions of her class and the [...]

  • Marighella review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Marighella'

    Does Brazil need a film that openly advocates armed confrontation against its far-right government? That’s the first question that needs to be asked when discussing “Marighella,” actor Wagner Moura’s directorial debut focused on the final year in the life of left-wing insurrectionist Carlos Marighella during Brazil’s ruthless military dictatorship. For whatever one might think of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content