Awards and Juries

The seven feature films in competition at the 35th Venice International Film Critics’ Week are eligible for our main award consisting of a 5,000 euros prize:

Grand Prize Venice International Film Critics’ Week
made possible thanks to the support of the Municipality of Taranto and conferred by an international jury to the best film in competition. The jury members for the 2020 edition are Wendy Mitchell, Eugenio Renzi and Jay Weissberg.

Furthermore, the films in competition are eligible for the following prizes:

Verona Film Club Award
bestowed by a jury composed by members under 35 of the Verona Film Club and awarded to the most innovative film in the section. The jury members for the 2020 edition are Michele Bellantuono, Margherita Brendolan, Simone Coghi, Matteo Filice and Elisa Liotta.

Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for Best Technical Contribution
sponsored by the Hotel Saturnia in Venice and conferred by a committee of experts. The jury members for the 2020 edition are Marianna Cappi, Adriano De Grandis and Francesco Di Pace.

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film
The seven films in competition at the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, together with all the debut feature films presented in the various competitive sections of the Venice Film Festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sections) are eligible for the Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film. An International Jury of no more than 5 personalities from the world of cinema and culture from various countries, including one producer, will award a prize of 100,000 US dollars, donated by Filmauro, to be divided equally between the director and the producer. No joint awards will be permitted.

All selected features are also eligible for the other collateral prizes of the festival.

The seven short films in competition are eligible for the following prizes. Jury members for the 2020 edition are film producers Nicola Giuliano, Donatella Palermo and Giovanni Pompili:

Award for Best Short Film
sponsored by Frame by Frame and consisting in post-production services for the next short film by the winning director.

Best Director Award
sponsored by Stadion Video and consisting of English subtitling for the next short film by the winning director.

Best Technical Contribution Award
sponsored by Fondazione Fare Cinema and consisting in an invitation to the 2020 edition of the Advanced Training Course in Film Directing “Fare Cinema”.

SIC premiazione 2016