Alberto Barbera
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Venice Film Festival


Festival Director

While other major film festivals were held online with few or no in-person events or were canceled altogether in 2020, Barbera managed to mount a more restrained version of the Venice Film Festival at its usual Lido waterfront locations. He repeated the feat in 2021 in the face of the surging Delta variant, operating theaters at half-capacity, walling off the red carpet and requiring negative COVID-19 tests for admittance. Under his direction since 2012, Venice was one of the first major festivals to feature virtual reality and open its arms to Netflix movies. In 2021, he added a new section, Horizon Extra, featuring films of at least an hour in length and judged by the audience. In October 2020, Barbera extended his contract as the fest’s executive director through 2024.


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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Venice to Honor Paul Schrader With Golden Lion for Career Achievement

Venice to Honor Paul Schrader With Golden Lion for Career Achievement

The Venice Film Festival will honor U.S. director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, a key figure of New Hollywood cinema, with its 2022 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.Schrader wrote Martin Scorsese's “Taxi Driver” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” and co-wrote “Raging Bull." He has directed dozens of films, including “American Gigolo,” “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” “The Comfort of Strangers” and “First Reformed." The director was in Venice last year with "The Card Counter," starring Oscar Isaac and Tiffany...


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