Creative Europe at Venice: European films, forums and markets

Creative Europe at Venice: European films, forums and markets

This year's festival will see the introduction of two industry events and initiatives supported by Creative Europe and the European Commission.

European Gap-Financing Market  (4 - 5 September)

The European Gap-Financing Market, funded for the first time this year by Creative Europe’s Access to Markets scheme, provides a platform to support 15 European producers in search of completion funding for their project. Participants will have the opportunity to close their international financing through one-to-one meetings with potential financiers, distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, post-production companies and film funds. To qualify, each film must already have secured 70% of its financing.

More information on the the projects selected for this year are available on the festival website.

European Film Forum: Cross Culture – a driver for a Creative Europe (5 September)

The one-day event will question how artists, producers, business leaders and political representatives can best reinforce cross-cultural and cross-media dialogue to support the future of the European film industry. Topics for discussion include how the boundaries between visual arts, film and business are being pushed; short film as a driver of creativity, talent scouting and business; and crossovers from film to societal and economic change.

More information will be published in the forthcoming weeks. 

Creative Europe funded-films reach for the Golden Lion

There are also a number of MEDIA-supported films screening as part of the festival include one UK film, and there is a strong show for British films across the programme with new titles from Jonathan Glazer, Amma Asante and Stephen Frears among an impressive count of British premieres.

International Competition

  • Sangue del mio sangue by Marco Bellocchio (Italy, France, Sweden)
  • Marguerite by Xavier Gianolli (France, Czech Republic, Belgium)
  • A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino (Italy, France)
  • Francofonia by Alexander Sokurev (France, Denmark, Netherlands)


  • A War (Krigen) by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)

International Critics Week

  • Light Years (Anni luce) by Esther May Campbell (United Kingdom)
  • Montanha by Joao Salaviza (Poland, France)
  • Banat by Adriano Vale

Venice Days

  • Lolo by Julie Delpy (France) 

All of the films screening have benefitted from the MEDIA sub-programme's funding schemes for distribution, whilst Tobias Lindholm's A War was also awarded financial backing at its development stage through the Single Project scheme.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 – 12 September 2015.