77th Venice International Film Festival

The 77th Venice International Film Festival, organized by the La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera, will take place at Venice Lido from 2 – 12 September 2020.

Film Submissions

Submissions of films are open. In order to be eligible for the official selection, the film’s presenters must fill out the pre-selection entry form on

Early-bird submission: 31 May 2020

Submission deadline: 12 June 2020 

For Virtual Reality immersive projects:

Early-bird submission: 30 April 2020

Submission deadline: 15 May 2020 

Venice Gap-Financing Market

The Venice Gap-Financing Market, taking place from 4 to 6 September, 2020, is a platform for selected projects that aims to support European and international producers to secure complete financing for their projects (Fiction Films, Documentaries and VR Immersive Story Projects.) The platform aims to connect producers to potential and pertinent international professionals, such as producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds.

The call is open for the categories of Fiction and Documentary Feature Films, of which up to 27/33 projects will be selected, and VR Immersive Story Projects of which up to 10/12 VR projects will be selected.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2020 

Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality

Aimed at Italian filmmakers and creatives, the project ‘Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality’ is now in its fifth edition (2020-2021). The call for the development and production of VR Projects, produced by Italian director/producer teams at their first, second, or third VR project, is now open; no age limits apply.

Submission deadline: 19 May 2020

The call for the “International” section will be announced during the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Biennale College Cinema – International Call

The Biennale College Cinema has reached its ninth edition. At the end of a year-long series of activities, covering the entire spectrum of filmmaking, including the conception, development, production, marketing, audience engagement, sales and distribution of films, the programme features up to four feature-length, micro-budget, audio-visual works. Among the works there will be one presented by an Italian team and at least two presented by female directors, which will be world premiered during the Venice International Film Festival.

The Biennale College Cinema 9 – International Call is aimed at director/producer teams from all over the world. The Biennale College Cinema will select nine international micro-budget projects whose teams will be invited to participate in a 10-day workshop in Venice.

Submissions open: 8 May 2020

Submission deadline: 1 July 2020

Final Cut in Venice 

The eighth edition of the Final Cut in Venice workshop will take place from 5-7 September 2020 during the Venice Production Bridge of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The workshop’s purpose is to provide concrete assistance in the completion of films from Africa and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria; and to offer producers and directors an opportunity to present films still in the production phase to international film professionals and distributors in order to facilitate post-production and promote co-production partnerships and market access.

In order to subscribe, film presenters must fill out the entry form on

Deadline: 12 June 2020

Documentary: Makongo

The debut work documentary ‘Makongo’ by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino (Central African Republic, Argentina/Italia, 72’) – participant of the Final Cut in Venice workshop at the 76th Venice International Film Festival in 2019 – won the Prix International de la Scam (the second prize) at the 42nd Cinéma du réel in Paris, that opened on 13 March 2020.


The Festival offers all those working in the cinematographic sector the possibility of requesting accreditation according to their specific field of employment. Accreditation categories include Press, Industry, Film Delegation, Cinema, University Students, and Promotional Cards for Under 26 / Over 60, each with their own regulations and application deadline. In particular, for the Industry, Cinema, University Students and Promotional Cards for Under 26 / Over 60 categories, the deadline to benefit from the early bird fee is 30 June with online payment by 9 July.

Each person can only apply for one accreditation. Requests sent to different accreditation offices will not be considered. Accreditation will be granted according to the respective regulations and is subject to available seats. Participation in the Venice Film Festival involves full acceptance of its regulations. Any violation of these will result in the immediate withdrawal of the accreditation badge.

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