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Venice Film Festival Selector in Australia in May 2024

Screen Australia will host Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) pre-selector Paolo Bertolin in May to view new eligible Australian feature films for this year’s festival.


The festival takes place from 28 August to 7 September 2024. It is one of the world’s A-list film festivals providing considerable prestige and publicity for selected titles, enhancing their sales and release strategies.

The festival screens world premiere films across the following sections:

  • Venezia 81 (competition) – an international competition for 21 feature films
  • Out of Competition – for a maximum of 20 feature films
  • Orizzonti (competition) – up to 19 full-length films (60 minutes or longer) and short films (maximum 20 minutes duration)
  • Orizzonti Extra- up to 10 works of various genres and lengths of more than 60 minutes
  • Venice Classics  - selected restorations of classic feature films
  • Venice Immersive  - up to 30 XR works and immersive media.

Paolo Bertolin will be viewing new theatrical drama features of 70 minutes or longer that are available for their world premiere. Short films and VR films must be entered following the instructions on the festival’s website.

Filmmakers interested in having their feature films seen by Bertolin must check the eligability and regulations and then contact Dale Fairbairn at Screen Australia by Friday 3 May.

The official deadlines for submission to the 2024 festival are 13 June for feature films, 31 May for short films and 15 May for XR titles.

There are also two independent parallel sections, which must be entered separately:

  • International Critics’ Week (Settimana Internazionale della Critica) – nine first features selected by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics. Deadline is 21 June 2024.
  • Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) – 12 features or documentaries, promoted by the association of Italian film directors and authors. Deadline is 17 June 2024.