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International Film Festivals in Italy

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The Venice film festival is Italy's most important film festival but several other international film festivals are held in Italy, too. Here are Italy's major international film festivals. Even if you're not going to the film festival, it's a great chance for celebrity spotting.

La Biennale di Venezia - Venice International Film Festival

Venice International Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, starts in early September at Venice Lido. The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Italy and 2008 was its 65th year. Each year top film makers compete for the coveted Golden Lion award. Screenings are restricted to those ages 18 and over and discount passes are available for those under 26 or over 60. Find out about passes and individual tickets on the festival web site.

Vaporetti or water buses take passengers between Venice and the Lido. To get to the Lido from Piazza San Marco, you can take the number 1 vaporetto. See our Venice Vaporetto information.

Con i Minuti Contati - Internationl Short Film Festival

Con i Minuti Contati is an international short film festival held in Montefalco, a medieval hill town in central Italy's Umbria region (see Umbria map). Short films are submitted from around the world. The festival starts in late August and runs through early September.

Salento International Film Festival

The Salento Film Festival, held in early September, is a top southern Italy film fest and addresses current topics such as peace and multi-cultural issues. Categories include world cinema, independent Italian cinema, and special sections. The Salento film fest takes place in Tricase in the Lecce province of Puglia, the toe of the boot. In June, they hold the Salento Fear Fest for those who enjoy scary movies.

Milano Film Fest

Milano Film Fest, following the Venice festival, takes place for 10 days in September. Competitions include short films and feature films and there are special film categories each year. A pass good for all festival events can be bought on the web site.

Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma - Rome International Film Fest

Next in line is the Rome film fest, a relatively new festival that starts in mid-October. The festival includes international film premieres, best independent cinema, and films for and by young people.

Torino Film Festival

The Torino, or Turin, film festival takes place in late November. The Torino film festival serves as a meeting point for contemporary international cinema and to provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent artistic trends. It consists of 4 competitions and several non-competitive sections, and pays particular attention to emerging cinema and young filmmakers.

Bolzano Short Film Festival

Bolzano, near the Alps of northern Italy, holds an international festival of short films in November. It also includes a No Words fest featuring films that communicate without the use of any words.

River to River - Florence Indian Film Festival

River to River is the first film festival in the world devoted to films from and about India. It takes place in Florence in December.
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