About Venice days



The Venice Days were born in 2004, as an independent event on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival, modeled on the prestigious ‘Directors' Fortnight' of the Cannes Festival and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors (Anac and 100autori).

The aim of the event is to draw attention to high quality cinema, without any kind of restriction, with special care for innovation, research, originality and independence. These are all features of the 12 films selected as well as being reflected in the special events held during the Days in the Villa degli Autori.


Ever since the first edition, the Days have come to represent a real alternative to the Festival's official areas and an ideal and informal place for authors, producers, distributors and journalists to meet and discuss their ideas in an informal environment.


The 12 films selected from all over the world, in addition to other events and any special screenings, are screened in the theatres provided by the Venice Film Festival. 


The Official Awards of Venice Days are:


· the Venice Days Award, given by the Official Jury of Venice Days, headed by a filmmaker and composed by the participants to the program 28 Times Cinema of the European Parliament. The award consists is accompanied by a cash prize of €20,000, to be split equally between the filmmaker and the film's international distributor, who agrees to use the sum received to promote the winning film internationally.


· the BNL People's Choice Award for the films of the Official Selection, offered by BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Main Sponsor of Venice Days.

“BNL人民选择奖,将由威尼斯之日最大的赞助商BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas集团提供。

· the Label Europa Cinemas, dedicated to films produced and co-produced in Europe. The Label was created by a network of high-calibre European exhibitors, with the support of the EU's MEDIA Programme. It consists of a financial contribution towards distribution and promotion, as well as a guarantee for the winning film that it will be shown in the cinemas belonging to the network.



All the films participating to the Days are also in competition for the parallel awards, with a ceremony due to take place on the last day of the Festival.



First films are eligible for the "Luigi De Laurentiis Award Lion of the Future", granting 100.000 USD.



In the Media:


* One of the most popular events of the Festival (Il Sole 24 Ore)


* A more human approach, which tends to encourage exchanges between filmmakers and audiences (Le Monde)


* Venice Days have been remarked for the quality of their film selection (Le Film Français)


* An alternative place, where confrontation between film directors, audience and critics takes place in an effective manner (L'Unità)


* The new sidebar marks a bold move for the Lido (Variety)


* In another sign of change, the Venice festival will boast its own Directors' Fortnight section (Screen)


* A place where cinema shows what has not yet been done (Ciak)


* The busiest place of the Mostra (Il Foglio)




About 28 Times Cinema



28 young film lovers from the 28 member states of the European Union are taking part in the 71th Venice International Film Festival. They are invited to watch, report and reflect upon films, as well as to attend daily discussions, workshops, and to share their thoughts on the overall experience.
28 Times Cinema is promoted by the European Parliament Film Award in partnership with VENICE DAYS, EUROPA CINEMAS and with the collaboration of CINEUROPA.ORG.



From 2010, the European Parliament has supported the 28 TIMES CINEMA project which gives the opportunity to 28 young film-lovers, selected through the cinemas of the Europa Cinemas Network, to represent each of the 28 European Countries at the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica.


Hosted in Venice for the duration of the Festival, these young viewers (all aged between 18 and 25) attend the Festival's and the LUX FILM PRIZE’s screenings, participate in debates and practical workshops. These meetings, held at the Venice Days, involve directors, authors, film professionals and Members of the European Parliament. You can find recordings of the meetings, articles, pictures and interviews on the official Cineuropa's blog.


The 28 TIMES CINEMA doesn't  span the usual duration of a Film Festival: every year the experience shared in Venice transforms these young cinephiles into European ambassadors, it makes them more aware of the resourcefulness of European cultural diversity and eager to promote it in their own countries.


Each autumn, with the beginning of the LUX FILM DAYS, some participants of previous editions of the 28 TIMES CINEMA actively promoted the screenings of LUX FILM PRIZE contenders  involving the audience in public debates on the films and on Europe.