Alberto Barbera

Venice Film Festival


Festival Director

A former film critic, Barbera has steadily turned the Venice Film Festival into an awards-season launch pad since taking over the glittery, star-laden event in 2012. He has since presciently programmed a string of titles that went on to garner acclaim, including “Gravity,” “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” “La La Land” and “The Shape of Water.” Barbera also boosted Venice’s standing in the global film community by slimming down the lineup to give each title more visibility, being an early adopter of Netflix films and launching the first competitive VR section at a major film event. After the 2018 fest received criticism for the second year for having only one female-directed entry out of 21 competition titles, Barbera signed the same gender-parity pledge as Cannes, Locarno and Sarajevo.


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

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Venice Topper Alberto Barbera Weighs in on Fall's Festival Power Shift

Venice Topper Alberto Barbera Weighs in on Fall's Festival Power Shift

Ever since 2012, when he returned to head Venice, Alberto Barbera has turned the fest into a gateway to Oscar gold, despite being locked into competition with early fall festivals Toronto and Telluride. Winners such as “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” “La La Land” and “The Shape of Water” have all launched on the Lido, and allowed Barbera to be able to pick from just about anything on his radar, he says. Venice’s warm rapport with Netflix and Amazon is also giving the...


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