Alberto Barbera
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Venice Film Festival


Festival Director

Barbera spent the entire coronavirus lockdown in Italy, starting in March and ending in June as he worked on the selection process for the 77th incarnation of the Venice Film Festival scheduled for early September, without knowing if it was even going to take place. The situation was still uncertain in mid-June when the decision was made to launch the fest as an in-person event, but Barbera managed to make it happen, with every one of the 65 world premiere screenings held in theaters save for the Venice VR Expanded competition, which was accessible online. Impressed, the fest’s parent organization extended his appointment four years through 2024. A former film critic, Barbera took over the festival in 2012 and built it into an awards-season springboard. He also made it one of the first major fests to embrace Netflix and also launch its own competitive VR section.


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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Alberto Barbera Re-Upped As Venice Fest Chief With New 4-Year Mandate

Alberto Barbera Re-Upped As Venice Fest Chief With New 4-Year Mandate

Alberto Barbera has received a new four-year mandate as artistic director of the Venice Film Festival.Having previously served a continuous nine-year stint at the festival's helm, he now becomes the longest-standing chief in Venice's storied history.He was re-upped by the board of the fest's parent organization, the Venice Biennale, headed by former Cinecittà/Luce chief Roberto Cicutto. The Biennale on Tuesday also announced the dates for Venice's 78th edition which will run September 1-11.Barbera's re-appointment was widely expected after he pulled off...


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