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    The 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, also known as Biennale Cinema, will take place between August 28 and September 7, 2019, on the Lido island, in Venice.

    The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the most prestigious, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

     

    SHORT HISTORY

    The festival was held for the first time in 1932, as part of the 18th Venice Biennale, and became an annual event starting with 1935.

    The first edition of the festival included films that became classics of the cinema, such as It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, Grand Hotel by Edmund Goulding, The Champ by King Vidor, Frankenstein by James Whale and many other, attracting over 25 thousand spectators.

    The second edition of the festival was held between 1 and 20 August 1934, and it included for the first time a competition between 19 participating countries.

    As of 1935, the Festival became a yearly event. In 1936, an international jury was nominated for the first time and, in 1937, the Palazzo del Cinema, on Venice Lido, was inaugurated.

    The Festival was held three times during the Second World War, from 1940 to 1942, the participation being limited to the member countries of the Alliance or sympathisers. Following the war, the next edition of the festival was held in 1946.

    During the 1950s, the festival experienced a period of international expansion, but starting with 1969, until 1979, no prizes were awarded and the festival became a non-competitive event. The festival was not held in 1973, 1977 and 1978, and the Golden Lion made its return only in 1980.

     

    THE VENUE

    Palazzo del Cinema is the main headquarters for the Venice Film Festival. It was inaugurated on August 10, 1937, for the fifth edition of the festival.

    Palazzo del Cinema is situated on the Venice Lido island. The closest vaporetto stop is Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta, located about 1.7 kilometers away, on the waterbus Lines 1, 2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 10 and 14. The closest bus stop is located in front of the Palazzo del Cinema, on the bus Line V.

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