The Venice Film Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, and features international avante-garde films side-by-side with the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
This year, the full lineup of nominees is expected to be unveiled in late July, followed by the landmark 75th edition of the Venice FIlm Festival which in 2018 runs from Wednesday, August 29 to Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Meanwhile, keep it here for top prize winners when they are announced in September at the 2018 Venice Film Festival. And, while you're here also check out the complete list of 2017 Venice Film Festival winners just up ahead:
2017 Venice Film Festival rewind
Major contenders this year included Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and this year's Golden Lion winner, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape Of Water."
Other notable premieres includeed "Downsizing" starring Matt Damon. Posing a double threat at the festival this year, Damon also starred in yet another social satire, "Suburbicon", directed by pal George Clooney working with a script by the Coen brothers.
More buzz surrounded "Mother!" - a horror pic about a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home -- starring Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Javier Bardem.
2017 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape Of Water."
In Competition: Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
In Competition: Jennifer Lawrence stars in the horror film, "Mother!"
All about the Venice Film Festival
Now heading into its 7th decade, the Venice Film Festival has changed
markedly over the recent past - growing from a strictly European lineup
to featuring a varied and outstanding international venue.
makes the festival one of the earliest predictors of winners for
other film top awards worldwide, including leading Hollywood contenders
at the Oscars.
The principal awards in Venice are the Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion),
which is awarded for best film, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup)
for best actor and actress.
DID YOU KNOW? Venice Film Festival fun facts
The festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion.
• The Venice Film Festival takes place on the Lido, a seven-mile-long sandbar in Venice. When the festival is not in town, the island is home to 20,000 residents.
• Notable recent Golden Lion winners at the festival have included Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" (2008), Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" (2010) and Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" (2017).
• The first Venice Film Festival in 1932 attracted a crowd of almost 25,000 including the likes of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, James Cagney, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Boris Karloff. The American film lineup went on to become classics including Frank Capra's "Forbidden", Edmund Goulding's "Grand Hotel", King Vidor's "The Champ" and James Whales' "Frankenstein".
• The posthumous screening of Stanley Kubrick’s "Eyes Wide Shut" at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 was an historic occasion drawing critics from near and far, along with frantic fans and TV crews jostling for a glimpse of its stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
• Another of the festival’s most memorable moments came in 1961, when film celebrities took a back seat to the star power of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who posed for photos everywhere including a now-famous gondola ride in the canal.
2017 Venice Film Festival WINNERS
Golden Lion For Best Film The Shape Of Water (USA), Guillermo del Toro
Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize Foxtrot (Israel-Germany-France-Switzerland), Samuel Maoz
Silver Lion – Award For Best Director Xavier Legrand, Custody (France)
Coppa Volpi For Best Actress Charlotte Rampling, Hannah (Italy-Belgium-France)
Coppa Volpi For Best Actor Kamel El Basha, The Insult (Lebanon-France)
Award For Best Screenplay Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (UK)
Special Jury Prize Sweet Country (Australia), Warwick Thornton
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress Charlie Plummer, Lean On Pete (UK)
Lion Of The Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award For A Debut Film Custody, Xavier Legrand
VENICE HORIZONS AWARDS
Best Film Nico, 1988 (Italy-Belgium), Susanna Nicchiarelli
Best Director Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature (Iran)
Special Horizons Jury Prize Caniba (France-USA), Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Best Actress Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux (France- Belgium-Qatar)
Best Actor Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature
Best Screenplay Dominique Welinski and René Ballesteros, Oblivion Verses (France-Germany-Netherlands-Chile)
Best Short Gros Chagrin (France), Céline Devaux Gros Chagrin is the Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2017.
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY AWARDS
Best VR Award Arden’s Wake (Expanded, USA), Eugene YK Chung
Best VR Experience Award (For Interactive Content) La Camera Insabbiata (USA-Taiwan), Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang
Best VR Story Award (For Linear Content) Bloodless (South Korea-USA), Gina Kim
VENICE CLASSICS AWARDS
Venice Classics Award For Best Documentary On Cinema The Prince And The Dybbuk (Poland-Germany), Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski
Venice Classics Award For Best Restored Film Come And See (USSR, 1985), Elem Klimov
Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement 2017 Jane Fonda, Robert Redford
Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmker Award 2017 Stephen Frears
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Biennale di Venezia - The official site in English &
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