Venice Film Festival

One of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, the 68th Venice Film Festival kicks off this year on August 31 and runs through to September 10, 2011 when the complete group of winners will be announced.

The full official lineup of this year’s nominees will be announced in late July 2011, when almost two dozen films in the festival’s official competition are unveiled.

Opening last year’s festival was “Black Swan”, a thriller starring actress Natalie Portman, centering on the rivalry between two dancers at a New York ballet company,

Taking home the Golden Lion top prize was US entry, “Somewhere” by director Sofia Coppola, examining the life a a Hollywood actor and the relationship with his daughter, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.

Venice Film Festival Awards

Now heading into its 7th decade, the Venice Film Festival has changed markedly over the recent past – from a strictly European lineup to feature a varied and outstanding international venue.

This effectively makes the festival one of the earliest predictors of winners for other film top awards worldwide, including leading Hollywood contenders at the Oscars.

The principal awards in Venice are the Leone d’Oro (Golden Lion), which is awarded for best film, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup) for best actor and actress.

Venice Film Festival on the Web

Around the Web, check out top sites with the latest buzz about this year’s festival with information on the film program & related events, picture galleries, film clips, and a list of major 2010 Venice Film Festival entries and winners ….

La Biennale di Venezia – The official site in English & Italian, featuring the latest news, special events, all-star photo gallery, press & media information, ticket information, film festival history.

IndieWIRE – Catch the latest Venice Film Festival buzz & rumors, predictions, photos & news features as awards season draws near.

Venice Film Festival – Wikipedia guide with a brief history & overview, lists of winners by year dating back to 1932, related links.

Venice International Film Festival – Venice for Visitors – Nice overview with related history & information on the traditional venue, plus insider tips & advice on traveling to the festival on the Lido, including maps, links.