Venice Film Festival
Actor Andrew Garfield at the Venice Film Festival © Alice Barigelli
The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia) was founded in 1932 and is the oldest film festival in the world as well as one of the most prestigious and famous. The festival takes place at the end of August and beginning of September each year on the island of Lido. Screenings take place in a number of wonderful venues including the historic Palazzo del Cinema. Take a water bus to the Lido to enjoy the presentations, mingle with the stars and catch sneak previews of some of the top films of the forthcoming year. Just be sure to book your accommodation and cinema tickets early because the Venice Film Festival is extremely popular and this is a busy period to visit the city.
The Venice Film Festival is part of the Venice Biennale, an extremely well-respected cultural institution, founded in 1895, which also hosts Venice's International Art Exhibition, International Architecture Exhibition, Festival of Contemporary Music, Theatre Festival, and Festival of Contemporary Dance, which all contribute to Venice's status as a hotbed of cultural activity.
Date: 1 - 11 September