The Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world, has revealed plans for its 2020 festivities. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Venice Film Festival will take place as usual later this year, albeit a few notable adjustments.
The total number of films in the showcase will be reduced, with most of the competitive sections remaining in the festival while maintaining social distancing policies. The innovative Virtual Reality competition will move to an online platform. Venice was the first international film festival to feature Virtual Reality films, and now the immersive pieces of cinema will be available with the help of applications VRChat, HTC Viveport and VRrOOm.
In order to keep the safety of their guests a priority, the Venice Film Festival will install two outdoor arenas where films will be screened. Similar to TIFF and Sundance, there will be a marriage of physical and virtual proceedings, with many panels and events available online for streaming.
“Without forgetting the countless victims of these past few months to whom due tribute shall be paid, the first international festival following the forced interruption dictated by the pandemic becomes the meaningful celebration of the re-opening we all looked forward to, and a message of concrete optimism for the entire world of cinema which has suffered greatly from this crisis,” said Artistic Director Alberto Barbera in a statement.
He added: “The Official Selection of Venezia 77, with its 50-55 films from around the world, will provide its traditional overview of the best that the film industry has produced in recent months, thanks to the extraordinary response by directors and producers, despite the arduous working conditions over these past few months. A significant number of directors and actors will accompany the films to the Lido, while Internet connections will make it possible to hold press conferences with all those who will be unable to participate in person, due to the travel restrictions that remain in place.”
Further details regarding the 2020 Venice Film Festival will be revealed during a press conference on July 28th. The full newsletter can be found here.