Creative Europe at the 75th Venice Film Festival

Creative Europe at the 75th Venice International Film Festival

European Film Forum

The European Commission’s next European Film Forum will focus on the future of the Creative Europe programme beyond 2020 and how best to support film festivals to reach wider audiences.

Speakers include representatives from DG Connect, Series Mania, La Biennale di Venezia and more.

1 September 2018, Sala degli Stucchi, Excelsior Hotel, Venice Lido

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Venice Gap-Financing Market (31 August – 2 September)

The three-day Venice Gap-Financing Market event will present 40 projects from around the world in the final stages of financing. Funded by Creative Europe’s Access to Markets scheme, the objectives of the event are to aid European producers with completing the financing on their projects and creating a networking opportunity between producers, distributors, sales agents and post-production companies.

Four projects with UK involvement have been selected in the VR Immersive Story Projects category including:

  • A Symphony Of Noise (Germany/UK) by Jamie Balliu & Michaela Pnacekova

Celebrated artist Matthew Herbert invites you on an immersive and poetic journey – to listen differently to our world and to discover the hidden musical layers connecting all life. Explore sonic landscapes in VR and unlock a 3D symphony of found sounds from all scales. Conduct a deep ocean trench, tiny bacteria spreading, a neon cityscape, and the breaths of sleepers. ‘All life can be music’.

  • Fatherland (UK) by Ben Samuels

Fatherland uses real-time motion capture, virtual reality and audience participation to create a ground-breaking, live, immersive cinematic and theatrical experience exploring the theme of disembodiment in the modern world.

  • Inside: A Journey into The World Of Outsider Artist Judith Scott (UK) by Sacha Wares

A large-scale immersive art exhibition, Inside invites the audience on a journey into the life and work of artist Judith Scott, through a series of dynamic sculptural installations and VR experiences.

  • The Imaginary Friend (the Netherlands/UK) by Steye Hallema

The Imaginary Friend tells the story of an 8-year-old boy with an extremely vivid imagination. He has a friend: you. He tries desperately to convince his peers and parents that you exist. Because he is not crazy, is he?

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Biennale College Cinema Virtual Reality 

Funded through Creative Europe’s Training scheme, this year sees the second edition of the Biennial College Cinema - Virtual Reality. Nine producer/director teams will work on the development of Virtual Reality projects lasting between 10 and 20 minutes. The course offers the teams support in every aspect of the creative process, as well as audience building, identifying target markets and finding funding.

More information on the projects selected are available on the festival website

MEDIA-supported films compete for the Golden Lion

Seven MEDIA-supported projects screen in this year's festival including three in competition: Werk Ohne Autor by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany); Capri Revolution by Mario Martone (Italy/France) and Napszállta by László Nemes (Hunagry/France). 

Out of competition, Saverio Costanzo's TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante's acclaimed novel My Brilliant Friend (L'Amica Geniale) will receive its world premiere. Italian production company Wildside received a grant of €1 million towards the production of the series.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from 29 August to 8 September 2018.

Image: The red carpet at the 71st Venice International Film Festival