14-09-2020

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE VPB Newsletter # 6

Closing Numbers and Highlights

La Biennale di Venezia is pleased to announce that the Venice Production Bridge (VPB) - the market for selected projects - held from September 3rd to 11th, 2020, during the 77. Venice International Film Festival, has successfully wrapped.

Above all we wish to express our thanks to all of the 1.312 Industry delegates who made the trip to Venice or joined online.

As the first major Industry event to have taken place since the lockdown, the Venice Production Bridge gave space to the film community to come together and to find ways on how to move forward. It also demonstrated how film markets can be organised under the current circumstances, respecting all of the sanitary measures, allowing for in-person attendance and actual face-to-face meetings, while also existing virtually for the wider film industry still unable to travel.
As Cate Blanchett, the President of the Jury of the 77. Venice International Film Festival, said in her opening remarks: "Ce l'abbiamo fatta" (We did it)

Read the full press relase about the numbers and figures of the 2020 Venice Production Bridge here:

VPB CLOSING PRESS RELEASE

VENICE GAP- FINANCING MARKET/
BOOK ADAPTATION RIGHTS MARKET

4 - 6 September

262 projects were submitted to the pre-selection of the Venice Gap-Financing Market (270 in 2019), out of these 104 by female directors and 180 by male directors. 40 projects were selected,  of which 28 Fiction and Documentary and 12 VR Immersive Story projects. Out of these 16 by female directors and 27 by male directors.
 
The 40 Fiction and Documentary and VR Immersive Story projects, plus 12 Biennale College VR and 3 Biennale College Cinema  projects were presented across 3 days and 614 one-to-one meetings have been organized (374 took place in-person on-site and 240 online).
 
The Venice Gap-Financing Market has been supported by the European Commission - Creative Europe and its MEDIA programme.
 
18 publishers participated in the Book Adaptation Rights Market13 in-person and 5 online. A total of 172 one-to-one meetings were organised with producers for the adaptation from page to the screen of literary rights (135 took place in-person and 37 online).

FINAL CUT IN VENICE WORKSHOP

7 - 9 September

The Venice Production Bridge organized the 8th edition of its workshop programme, Final Cut in Venice. 55 projects were submitted, out of these 14 by female directors and 44 by male directors. Out of these 6 projects were selected, 2 by female directors and 4 by male directors.
 
On September 7 and 8, the 6 works-in-progress were presented online, followed by a Q&A, while on September 9, 21 online one-to-one meetings were organized between the project teams and financiers.
 
The Jury of La Biennale di Venezia Prize, composed of Marie Pierre Macia (MPM Film), Antonio Medici (BIM Distribuzione) and Michel Zana (Sophie Dulac Distribution), gave a cash award of € 5,000 to support the best film in post-production to:
 
HARVEST, by Ely Dagher (France, Lebanon, Belgium, Qatar, USA)
Producer: Arnaud Dommerc
 
The Jury of the supporters of this edition of Final Cut in Venice has decided to give their support to the following films in post-production:

SOULA, by Salah Issaad (Algeria, France)
HARVEST, by Ely Dagher (France, Lebanon, Belgium, Qatar, USA)
THE BLUE INMATES by Zeina Daccache (Lebanon) 

The full details of the awards given can be seen HERE

EUROPEAN FILM FORUM


Fostering recovery & building resilience: Audiovisual as a key industry for Europe’s growth.

In association with the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, La Biennale di Venezia organized the 6
th edition of the European Film Forum (September 4, 2020) that gathered key industry leaders from all over the world.

 
Seizing the opportunity of celebrating the 77.Venice International Film Festival, and in light of the current challenging crisis, this event took stock of the situation of Europe’s audiovisual ecosystem during the past months and took a look at the future, discussing ways to ensure immediate recovery while guaranteeing long-term competitiveness of this key industry for Europe’s economy.

The event was opened by Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale di Venezia, Thierry Breton (European Commissioner for the Internal Market), and Anna Laura Orrico (Italian Under-Secretary of State for Culture and Tourism).  The event can be seen in the VPB Live Stream Archive.

NOTABLE DECISION MAKERS AT THE VPB

The VPB has once again welcomed a considerable number of key Industry players and decision makers in order to cover all the initiatives.
The professionals who participated in the one-to-one meetings of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, Book Adaptation Rights Market, Final Cut in Venice and Online VPB Market screenings were producers, distributors, financiers, institutions, broadcasters, sales agents, VR experts from companies such as Alpha Violet, Arte France, Bac Films, Best Friend Forever, Cattleya, Celluloid Dreams, Curzon Artificial Eye, Fandango, Films Boutique, Fremantle Media, Memento, MK2, Modern Films, MPM Film, Oculus VR, Orange, Picturehouse UK, Protagonist Pictures, Studio Canal UK, The Match Factory, UGC, Wide, Wild Bunch, as well as representatives from major festivals and markets, such as Cannes, Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MIA, CPH:Dox, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Visions du Réel, Karlovy  Vary amongst many others. 

PANELS AND EVENTS HELD WITHIN THE VPB VENUES

A total of 23 panels and events, of which 17 international and 18 in streaming on the VPB Live Channel of the Venice Production Bridge, which had 2376 live views online and  766 people attending.

Many of the panels are now available to watch again through the VPB Live Channel Archive:

WATCH PANELS IN THE LIVE CHANNEL ARCHIVE

DIGITAL VIDEO LIBRARY

This year 39 titles have been submitted to the Digital Video Library on the VPB Website through Festival Scope Pro. The titles come from the following sections of the 77Venice International Film Festival:
 
1 Venezia 77,  3 Out of Competition, 14 Orizzonti, 2  Biennale College Cinema, 2 Final Cut in Venice, 3 DVL for titles not in the Official Selection, 8 Venice International Critics’ Week, 6  Giornate degli Autori.

These titles can still be seen by accredited delegates at the link below until September 27:

WATCH TITLES IN THE VIDEO LIBRARY 

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