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The Venice Film Week accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Venice Film Week. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Venice Film Week reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Venice Film Week will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Venice Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Venice Film Week and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Venice Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Venice Film Week is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Venice Film Week, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Official Selection and Jury Awards

All screenings will take place at Casa del Cinema in Venice. Admission is free of charge. Download the full screening schedule.


Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson
Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work closer to his children. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance.
Duration: 01:19:00 – English spoken, Italian subtitled
Screening on September 1st at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Free (Croatia) by Tomislav Zaja
Free follows the path to freedom of a group of people with intellectual disabilities that are locked away in Croatian institutions. The only things that Ivan, Enes, Tina, Kruno, Mirko, Tomo have in common is that they are outcasts of society and they dream of freedom: we see them institutionalised and we watch what it’s like to be isolated, deprived of privacy and of one’s rights to make decisions regarding their own life. One day they are informed that they will be released. After decades spent in institutions, a new beginning awaits them: Ivan has always wanted to be a police officer, Enes buys a video camera and starts to document his everyday life, Tina and Kruno want to get married, Mirko and Tomo dream of becoming football coaches at their favourite local club, Silvia starts singing in the church choir, Andjelko is trying to find a girl and a job... The camera observes them, capturing their perspective on the biggest change of their lives while they try to fulfil their long-postponed dreams. It is a good opportunity for all of us, those who never had anything to do with these institutions, to start reflecting on our own lives, our freedoms, and the things we take for granted in our societies.
Duration: 01:12:34 – Croatian spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 1st at 20h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Little Block of Cement with Dishevelled Hair Containing the Sea (Spain) by Jorge Lopez Navarrete
A dog and a mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become inevitably clearer, and yet the profound mutual knowledge they develop over time shows the potential to suddenly produce a luminous moment between the two.
Duration: 15:32 – No dialogues
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Schirkoa (India) by Ishan Shukla
In the city of bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.
Duration: 13:31 – English spoken
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Sea With No Name (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski

Desert. Sand blowing in eyes, back bent down, limps heavy of waiting. Wallpapers reflecting the light beams from cars outside on the streets. Hands reaching warmth under the blanket or resting on thermostat. When rejection and abandoning has beaten you repeatedly they sculpt themselves in human memory, all the way through your body. Landscape in Tuula`s eyes is silent, days resemble one another, then suddenly a song blossoms in this desert, like a flower waking up at night. In that song she reveals herself to us. What kind of a prison has she built with only one feel - fear of abandoning?
Duration: 36:30 – Finish spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

BEST DANCE FILM AWARD - Italian premiere
Promenade (Argentina) by Cirila Luz Ferron

They are time, Silence and space. They are angles, Darkness and light. And also colours. They are vertices, Doors and windows, Floors and ceilings. They are their home. Their bodies, the architecture of their being and their lives.
Duration: 8:50 – No dialogues
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

BEST WEB SERIES AWARD - European premiere
Midnight Walk (Australia) by Mathilde Nocquet

Midnight, hidden by sunglasses and a badass vinyl disguise, a mysterious brunette is looking for her victim. Plunged into darkness, a car park is the stage of her next murder.
Duration: 3:41 – English spoken
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Dryad (France) by Thomas Vernay
The wind blows, noises of armor resound. A knight escorts a young woman athwart plains. The thunder begins to scold, clouds invade the landscape. The knight, worried, stares the castle on the horizon. The end is close.
Duration: 11:26 – No dialogues
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Maniacs (Sweden) by Isabella Carbonell

A girl goes to visit her sister who has been impossible to reach since being released from a psychiatric ward. She had been admitted for undressing in front of her colleagues, losing her job in the process. When the girl arrives at her sister's apartment she realizes that things are much worse than she could have imagined. The sister has not eaten for several days, has killed her pets, covered all the windows with dark plastic bags and has let two strangers into her home. The healthy sister, paralyzed by anxiety, tries to understand what is going on and how this could have happened. But to her surprise, her sister claims to be anything but in bad shape. On the contrary, she says that she has never been happier since she turned her back on the outside world.
Duration: 10:54 – Swedish spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Siblings by Luca Sironi

Armando and Emma are part of a religious group named “New Reborn Christians”. Their task is going door to door, redeem sinners and convert faithless people. Every day the same routine. They strictly follow the precepts of the Scriptures, practicing day by day what they profess. Inside the walls of their house, they live a rigorous and moderate life, no distractions are allowed. Temptations exist only to be endured. Their life always flowed this way. They know each other perfectly, and words have become useless in their relationship. An unchangeable life. The only one they know.
Duration: 19:00 – Italian spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM - official selection 2016
Cesium and a Tokyo Girl (Japan) by Ryo Saitani
Capsule (United Kingdom) by Andrew Martin
Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson
Rules of The Game (France) by Ambroise Carminati
Backtrack (France) by Baptiste Drapeau
The Apprentice (Turkey) by Emre Konuk
Day Six (Mexico) by Juan Pablo Arroyo Abraham
Mile End (United Kingdom) by Graham Higgins
Malady (United Kingdom) by Jack James
Dasein (India) by Shailik Bhaumik
1400 (Singapore) by Derrick Lui
Ben and Ara(United States) by Nnegest Likke
Billion Star Hotel (Romania) by Alecs Nastoiu
Smile Again, Jenny Lee (United) States by Carlo Caldana
Ludo (Faroe Islands) by Katrin Ottarsdottir
Intersection (United States) by Tim French
Hollywood Mouth 2 (United States) by Jordan Mohr
Pop-Up (Australia) by Stuart McBratney
Prisoner X (Canada) by Gaurav Seth
On The Horizon (Canada) by Pascal Payant
Demning/Dam (Norway) by paul tunge
The Answer (India) by Pavan Kaul
Sole Proprietor (United States) by Dan Eberle

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM - official selection 2016
Fishermen's Conversations (United Kingdom) by Chiara Bove Makiedo
Alaya - Moments of creation (Austria) by Judith Barfuss
Armanii, from the famous Manakia to I'm not famous... (Romania) by Toma Enache
No Kids for Me, Thanks! (Canada) by Magenta Baribeau
Ukraine. Paralipomenon. A Chronicle of Omissions (Italy) by Yulia Matsiy
The Way of the Brave (United States) by Henrik Larsson
Cheri News (United Kingdom) by Rahim Moledina
I do know my way home (United Kingdom) by Rahim Moledina, Andrea Mendonca
The Garden of Hope (France) by Laurence Guenoun
Where the hills are greener (France) by Oliver Dickinson
Orphans of the Genocide (United States) by Bared Maronian
Free (Croatia) by Tomislav Zaja
Pierpaolo (Spain) by Miguel Angel Barroso
People of Love and Rage (Germany) by Stefano Casertano
Aurelia(France) by Katia Viscogliosi & Francis Magnenot
Arlette. Courage is a muscle (Germany) by Florian Hoffmann

NARRATIVE SHORT FILM - official selection 2016
Americano (United States) by Alexander Maxwell
Masked (Brazil) by Andrea Prado
Texting: A Love Story (United States) by Jeanette L. Buck
In Search of America Inshallah (United States) by Danish Renzu
Remains (Israel) by Yotam Ben-David
Wander (United Kingdom) by Connor O'Hara
The Wolf of Enfield (United Kingdom) by Peter Findlay
Sixty Four (Germany) by Tiemo Weidemann
Uncle Phil (United States) by Alvaro Congosto
Aestas (Canada) by Guillaume Comtois
Ghost Walk: The Farm (United States) by Steve Olander
Three Years (United States) by Dennis Trifonov
Don't You Forget About Me! (United States) by Anthony L. Mariani
Lady Luck (United Kingdom) by Jo Lewis
25.12 (Australia) by Stella Dimadis
Brenda (Ireland) by Matteo Bertoli
The Parcel (South Africa) by Hayden Phipps , Brett Williams
Here's Jane (United States) by JoLane Lentz, Bobby Hewitt
Seeking Valentina (United States) by Armin Nasseri
BitterSweet (United States) by Akassia Goncalves
I-EMME (Italy) by Alberto Mosca
Bitch, Popcorn & Blood (France) by Fabio Soares
Innocence (Turkey) by Yasemin Demirci, Adrian Axel
Mousse (Sweden) by John Hellberg
CI: A Tedd Talkumentary (United States) by Martin Sweeney
The Journey of Little Red Cap inside of the Wolfs Belly (Ukraine) by Lidiya Huzhva
Vandal (United States) by Felipe Vara de Rey
The Flight of Iro and Casper (United Kingdom) by Paul Herbert
The Story of 90 Coins (China) by Michael Wong, Gao Xiaofei
Gu (Portugal) by Pedro Marnoto Pereira
'M A Murderer (Bangladesh) by Tareq Kawser
Pipo (Philippines) by Richard Soriano Legaspi
Blood of My Blood (Russian Federation) by Agniia Galdanova
Like A Summer Sonata (Germany) by Natalie MacMahon
Your Ring No Longer Fit My Hand (Hong Kong) by Laurence Tong
Lupus Perditus - The forsaken Wolf (Germany) by Christian Slezak
The Writer (Italy) by Emanuele Mengotti
Yours Accidentally (United Kingdom) by Steven Forrester
Rabbits (Germany) by Marlene Pardeller, Selina Becker
Lovelost (Japan) by Miwa Ono
An Angry Man (Denmark) by Jannik Dahl Pedersen
The Green Bench (United States) by Jim Likens
The Search for Cleopatra's Crown (United States) by Mick Cusimano
The Second Move (Italy) by Nicolo Tagliabue
Maya (United Kingdom) by Veemsen Lama
Midnight Walk (Australia) by Mathilde Nocquet
Endless Ache (Lebanon) by Jamale Abou Hamad
Twilight (Cuba) by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina
Promenade (Argentina) by Cirila Luz Ferron
Horn (Korea, Republic of) by Byun, Sungbin
Between Black and White (Greece) by Socrates Alafouzos
Formol (Canada) by Mikaël Huot
Fragments of May (United Kingdom) by Maria Pia Fanigliulo
Prison Door (Ireland) by Kevin McCann
Everything Will Be Okay (Austria) by Patrick Vollrath
Nelly (Austria) by Chris Raiber
Still (Germany) by Lily Erlinger
The Brother (Germany) by Christian Becker, Oliver Schwabe
Thirst For Life (Germany) by Michael Siebert
Black Mountain (Germany) by Nicholas Mockridge / Lilja Rupprecht
Little Block of Cement with Dishevelled Hair Containing the Sea (Spain) by Jorge Lopez Navarrete

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM - official selection 2016
Lamerica (United States) by Stefano Galli
Today I acknowledge (Germany) by Jessica Hahner
Alegria - A Humanitarian Expedition (Switzerland) by Christoph von Toggenburg
For Those Who Still Exist (Germany) by Kevin Kopacka, Raoul Kopacka
Essence - Living in balance (Belgium) by Herman Marynissen
The Cliff (Russian Federation) by Volga Karantsova
The Homeless Beat (United States) by Mark Kurlyandchik
Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia (United States) by Kurt Jacobsen, Warren Leming
Makoshika (United States) by Jessica Jane Hart
Itagui (Colombia) by Roberto Nino Betancourt
Last Dance on the Main (Canada) by Aristofanis Soulikias
I Was Born Yesterday (United States) by Soudabeh Moradian
Sea With No Name (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski
Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara (United Kingdom) by Nina Danino
Beirut Kamikaze (Lebanon) by Christophe Karabache
Dragon Dreaming - the life and art of Kushia Young (Australia) by Amy Pysden/Daniel Clarke
Balloon Elderly (Japan) by Patrick Davison
Uncle Vassya (Germany) by Robert Schulzmann

ANIMATED SHORT FILM - official selection 2016
The colors for Leo (Spain) by Zarah Knebel
Resilience (United Kingdom) by Bianca Howell
To Build a Fire (France) by Fx Goby
The Old Man and The Pears (United States) by Jing Sun
Esruc (Taiwan) by Syu Pei-Hua
Schirkoa (India) by Ishan Shukla
Little Pig (United States) by Thong Nguyen
Chika, The Dog in The Ghetto (Germany) by Sandra Schiessl

UNDERGROUND FILM - official selection 2016
Smile's Comet (Korea, Republic of) by Woohyuk Kim
The Dog (China) by Lam Can-zhao
Conveyor Belt (Cyprus) by Alexia Roider
Maniacs (Sweden) by Isabella Carbonell
Psychedelic Pictures Presents: Puff (United States) by Tod Lautenberg
Aimee (Mexico) by Oscar Pichardo Isaak
Shadowhunters: DevilSpeak (United States) by Monique Dupree
Dumbbells (United States) by Chris Livingston
in the wind (China) by Lan Shuzhang
The Drowned (United States) by Dio Chen
Keep Going (Korea, Republic of) by Kim Geon
Wake Me When I Leave (United States) by Tyler Rubenfeld
Birds of Neptune (United States) by Steven Richter

EXPERIMENTAL FILM - official selection 2016
My Private Life II (United Kingdom) by Jill Daniels
Dryad (France) by Thomas Vernay
without leaving home (Italy) by Cesare Furesi
Pechorin (Russian Federation) by Roman Khrushch
Panic, Baby (United States) by Abrahim Mahallati
#Beings 2015 (Romania) by Andrei Stefanescu
Dreams and Spaces in Between (Canada) by John Graham
Kaleidoscope (Germany) by Telemach Wiesinger
No End (Canada) by Josephine Massarella
The Corpse (India) by Don Palathara
Mer Depre (United States) by Margaret Orr
Whisper Loretta (Canada) by John Celona
Shattered (Canada) by David Hovan
The Ride (Germany) by Werner Bohnen
Dissolved (Austria) by Stefanie Weberhofer
Bardo (United States) by Derek Cote
Ridden by Nature (United States) by Kathi Von Koerber
Cabaret Voltaire (Germany) by Jennifer von Schuckmann
Rainy Red (Australia) by Evguenia Men
Penelope's Odyssey (United States) by Andrea Eis
Memory IV Fields of Light, To a Friend (United States) by Gloria Chung
Fields In Mist (United Kingdom) by John Woodman
The Sound of Silence (Brazil) by Sybilla Odenheimer
Forgiveness (Lebanon) by Rima Irani
World Wide Women (Romania) by Andra Roman
Premortem (United Kingdom) by Ilya Melnikov
Physics and Metaphysics in Modern Photography (Canada) by Christine Lucy Latimer
Lithics (United States) by Edward Ramsay-Morin
Clickety-Clack Film 'High-Speed Express' (Japan) by Kenta Nomura
Ursa Minor (Greece) by Elissavet Chronopoulou
Eternity and a Day (Portugal) by Truman Hopper
Nulla (Germany) by Delfina Mayer
The Separation Loop (Germany) by Leyla Rodriguez
Wearing the Fog (China) by Yafei Qi
Promenade (Argentina) by Cirila Luz Ferron
Cities Under the Sand (United States) by Sandra Dillon
Procedere (Switzerland) by Delia Schiltknecht
beweistheorie I (Russian Federation) by Artem Tarkhanov

ITALIAN CINEMA NOW - official selection 2016
A New Born by Simone A. Tognarelli
Psychosofatic by Werther Germondari, Maria Laura Spagnoli
Pietro's room by Alina Gurinova
Me, you, us and all by Dario Leone
Aliah by Valentino Bedini
Morte Segreta by Michele Leonardi
China Playtime by Lucio Lionello
#99 by Fabio Landi
Darker than midnight by Sebastiano Riso
One Day In July by hermes mangialardo
UNI.QUE by Andrea Miguel Micheloni
Espero by Alessandro Quadretti
Siblings by Luca Sironi
Crazy Wheels by Ilaria Giangrande, Elena Rebeca Carini
Il demone di mezzogiorno by stella sollai, pierfranco zappareddu
Aion#001 by Marco Rocca
The Second Move by Nicolo Tagliabue
Would You Play With Me? by Maurilio Muscillo
Born From Pain "Dance With The Devil" by Inti Carboni
In the sea from outside by Manuela Esposito
CopyCat Club - Ganz Berlin by Riccardo Torresi
Down to the Clouds by Enzo Lo Re
Flutulus by Igor Sadovski

The Venice Film Week is divided in an online 'official selection' of films and the award winning films which will be screened during the annual Venice Comtemporary Cinema event.

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Feature Film
cash award of 1000 Euros

Best Short Film
cash award of 250 Euros

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

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