Sydney Sweeney cuts a casual figure in a black tracksuit as she leaves the Venice Film Festival with fiancé Jonathan Davino

The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and opens its 80th edition on Wednesday.

Here’s everything you need to know…

When does the Venice Festival take place?

The festival will open on August 30 with the premiere of the Italian World War II film Comandante, directed by Edoardo De Angelis. The event runs through September 9 and concludes with Spanish-language Netflix drama Society of the Snow.

Where does it take place?

The festival takes place on Venice Lido – known as Venice Beach – a thin barrier island in the Venice Lagoon, just a short boat ride from the capital, Venice. Unlike Venice itself, cars have access to the Lido.


The festival marks the start of awards season and regularly produces big favorites for the Oscars. Eight of the last eleven Best Director awards at the Oscars have gone to films that premiered in Venice.

Traditionally, film stars and directors like to travel to the lagoon city to present their films.

However, there will be a little less glitz this year than usual as the Hollywood actors’ strike will prevent many stars from promoting their work.


The official selection of the films shown consists of several categories, with those competing for the coveted Golden Lion at the top.

This year’s 23 candidates are, in order of performance:

Commander, directed by Edoardo De Angelis

El Conde Directed by Pablo Larrain

Dogman Directed by Luc Besson

Ferrari Directed by Michael Mann

The Promised Land directed by Nikolaj Arcel

Poor Things Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Finally Dawn. Directed by Saverio Costanzo

Maestro. Director: Bradley Cooper

Adagio directed by Stefano Sollima

The Theory of Everything, directed by Timm Kroger

The Killer, directed by David Fincher

The beast. Directed by Bertrand Bonello

Evil Doesn’t Exist Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Priscilla, directed by Sofia Coppola

Green Border, directed by Agnieszka Holland

Enea, Pietro Castellitto

Provenance, directed by Ava DuVernay

Me, Captain, Directed by Matteo Garrone

Lubo, directed by Giorgio Diritti

Holly, directed by Fien Troch

Woman Of directed by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert

Memory, Directed by Michel Franco

Hors Season, directed by Stephane Brize


Like other festivals, Venice reserves a number of places for interesting films that are screened out of competition.

This year’s offerings include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial from US director William Friedkin, who passed away this month; Coup de Chance, Woody Allen’s first French-language picture; “The Palace” by Roman Polanski; The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, a short film directed by Wes Anderson; Aggro Drift directed by Harmony Korine and starring rapper Travis Scott.

Greg Norman

Greg Norman is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Greg Norman joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund

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