Alberto Barbera

Venice Film Festival


Festival Director

Since taking over the glittery event in 2012, former film critic Barbera has steadily turned the Venice Film Festival into an awards-season springboard, presciently programming a string of titles that would garner acclaim, including “Gravity,” “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” “La La Land,” “The Shape of Water” and “Roma.” He also boosted Venice’s standing in the global film community by slimming down the slate to give each title more visibility, being an early adopter of Netflix and launching the first competitive VR section at a major film event. Though many griped that the 2019 fest had only two female-directed entries out of 21 competition titles — albeit twice as many as the two previous years — this go-round did have a gender-parity seminar, a first for any fest.


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Torino Film Festival
  • The National Museum of Cinema

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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