The 2023 line-up

Special Events

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Special Screening
in collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival and Giornate degli Autori

Special Events

The seven features in competition at the 38. Settimana Internazionale della Critica are eligible for the IWONDERFULL Grand Prize Settimana Internazionale della Critica, conferred by an international jury to the best film in competition and consisting of 5,000 euro, and The Film Club Audience Award, voted for by the audience and consisting of 3,000 euro.

Furthermore, the films in competition are eligible for the following prizes: Verona Film Club Award, bestowed by a jury composed of the under-35 members of the Verona Film Club and awarded to the most innovative film in the section; Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for Best Technical Contribution, sponsored by the Hotel Saturnia in Venice and conferred by a committee of film critics, members of the SNCCI.

The seven films in competition at the Settimana Internazionale della Critica, 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 five 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 award is allowed.

The seven short films in competition, all screened in world premiere, are eligible for the following prizes to be given by a jury composed of three film professionals:

Best Short Film Award, sponsored by Frame by Frame and consisting of post-production services for the next short film by the winning director; Best Director Award, sponsored by Stadion Video and consisting of the English subtitling for the next short film by the winning director; Best Technical Contribution Award, sponsored by Fondazione Fare Cinema and consisting of an invitation to the 2024 edition of the Advanced Training Course in Film Directing “Fare Cinema”.

The selection is curated by the General Delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week Beatrice Fiorentino together with the members of the selection committee: Enrico Azzano, Chiara Borroni, Ilaria Feole and Federico Pedroni.

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