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Venice Film FestivalThe 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.

This effectively 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


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.


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 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

Venice Film Festival
on the Web

Around the Web, check out top sites with the latest buzz about this year's festival with information on the film program & related events, picture galleries, film clips, and a list of major Venice Film Festival entries and winners ....

La Biennale di Venezia - The official site in English & Italian, featuring the latest news, special events, all-star photo gallery, press & media information, ticket information, film festival history.

IndieWIRE - Catch the latest Venice Film Festival buzz & rumors, predictions, photos & news features as awards season draws near.

Venice Film Festival - Wikipedia guide with a brief history & overview, lists of winners by year dating back to 1932, related links.

Venice International Film Festival - Venice for Visitors - Nice overview with related history & information on the traditional venue, plus insider tips & advice on traveling to the festival on the Lido, including maps, links.

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