Venice International Film Festival


August 8, 2022

The Venice International Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica) is a film festival held in Venice, Italy from the end of August to the beginning of September each year. It is one of the world's three major film festivals along with the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and has the oldest history in the world.


It started as a film section at the 18th Venice Biennale (August 6, 1932), the oldest international art exhibition in history. It is said to be the first international film festival. The first prize was determined by audience votes. From 1934 to 1942, the highest prize was the Mussolini Prize. Participating works decreased sharply from 1940 to 1942 due to the Second World War. In the 1950s, when the industry was in a slump even after the war, many Japanese films were introduced to the world. During the directorship of Carlo Rizzani from 1979 to 1982, the programming that led to the current program structure was carried out, and it was once again in the spotlight. For a long time, the film festival did not have a market section and continued as an art festival rather than a commercial one. The 2006 film festival ranked 41st (115 films) in terms of number of films screened and 10th in terms of attendance (174,000 people) among international film festivals recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).


Current Official Awards

Golden Lion Award (Highest Award) Silver Lion Award (Director's Award) Grand Jury Prize (Second prize) Judge's Special Award (3rd Place Work Award) Volpi Cup (Actor Award) Best Actor Award Actress Award Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best New Actor) Screenplay Award Luigi De Laurentiis Award (Best New Director) Orizzonti Award Director Banzai! Award Honorary Golden Lion Award

Independent Award

Independent awards awarded by film critics associations, clubs, cultural organizations, etc. FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) FEDIC Award (Federation of Italian Cine Clubs) Francesco Pasinetti Award (Italian Film Writers' Union) SIGNIS Award (SIGNIS, predecessor OCIC Award) Queer Lion Award Robert Bresson Award

Past Awards

Mussolini Cup (1932-1945) International Award (1946-1952) San Giorgio Award (1956-1968) Best Supporting Actor / Actress (1993-1996) Technical Contribution Award (2004-2012)

Major Japan-related awards

1938 - Director Tomotaka Tasaka's "Five Reconnaissance Soldiers" won the Italian Minister of Popular Culture Award. 1951 - Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" wins the Golden Lion Award. 1952 - Director Kenji Mizoguchi's Saikaku Ichidai Onna wins the International Award. 1953 - "Ugetsu Monogatari" directed by Kenji Mizoguchi won the Silver Lion Award. 1954 - Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and Kenji Mizoguchi's "Sansho Dayu" won the Silver Lion Award. 1956 - Kon Ichikawa's "Burmese Lyre" won the San Giorgio Award. 1958 - Director Hiroshi Inagaki's "A Lawless Pine Life" won the Golden Lion Award. 1960 - Masaki Kobayashi's "The Human Condition" won the San Giorgio Award. 1961 - Toshiro Mifune won the Best Actor Award for Akira Kurosawa's "Bouncer". 1965 - Akira Kurosawa's "Red Beard" won the San Giorgio Award and Toshiro Mifune won the Best Actor Award. 1967 - Director Masaki Kobayashi's "Supreme revenge: Disposal of wife" won the International Federation of Film Critics Award. 1982 - Akira Kurosawa receives the Honorary Golden Lion Award. 1989 - "Sen no Rikyu Honkakubo Ibun" directed by Kei Kumai won the Silver Lion Award. 1991 - Naoto Takenaka's "Incompetent Man" won the International Federation of Film Critics Award. 1995 - Masao Nakabori won the Cinematography Award for Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Phantom Light". 1997