The Venice Film Week is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.

The Venice Film Week will run during, but independent from the Venice Film Festival.
The event was created by independent filmmakers, for independent filmmakers, with the sole purpose to showcase and screen new and upcoming talent.

The VFW focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time. Based in Venice (Italy) the festival aims to screen dozens of feature and short films.

Visit our website and Facebook page to check last year's selection and festival trailer.
The Venice Film Week is an IMDB eligible film festival. This means that all selections and awards can be added to your IMDB film listing.

All screenings will take place at La Casa del Cinema, San Stae 1990 in Venice.

The Venice Film Week is a true arthouse festival in every sense. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

Awards & Prizes

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 Contemporary Cinema event at La Casa del Cinema in Venice.

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Feature Film
cash award of 250 Euros

Best Short Film
cash award of 100 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

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSIONS

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. 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.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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 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.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
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.

ENTRY LIABILITY
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.

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    Constance Ejuma

    I really liked the idea of getting an audience for my film in Venice. Unfortunately, a public screening isn't forthcoming unless your film wins in its category, so that's a bit of a drawback.

    September 2016
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    Hans Olson

    Thanks so much to Venice Film Week for the amazing support. It's incredibly encouraging to discover a film festival that celebrates truly independent, arthouse film. I really appreciated the excellent communication along the way. I just wish I could have been there to express my gratitude in person.

    September 2016
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    Natalie MacMahon

    Thanks again for featuring my short film "Like A Summer Sonata"!

    September 2016
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    mick cusimano

    I was contacted months ago that my short movie was chosen for the festival. I asked them to give me a definite screening date months in advance so I could bring some of my cast from the US. I was told that the schedule wouldn’t be decided until 4 days before the festival. Not enough time to rally my cast to get hotels and planes at the last minute. We wanted to come. I didn’t go but they did give me waivers to 3 other festivals.

    September 2016
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    Stefanie Weberhofer

    This festival is at the border of a fake festival. Because they are very clever, it is not, so I can not blame them... Still I am not happy with this festival and I wouldn't recommend anyone to submit, I think it is a rip-off. The submission fee is way too high (but they say you get it back it they don't take it), they accept a huge amount of films only to keep the submission fee and then screen them only "online" and only very few are for a live screening. It was very easy to overlook this details, when I was submitting. Also the Toronto Film Week is the very same thing, they even use the same texts in their description. They just used the big festival names "Venice" and "Toronto" so that many people submit. Again: very clever, but not very nice.
    If you like your films, don't submit to this festiva. I am very disappointed.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Stefanie, I'm sorry that you feel this way. As a result of having our screenings in Venice at the same time as the big Venice Film Festival our available screening slots are limited. It would be great if we could screen every film we like, but that's unfortunately not the case. Therefore, our goal is not only to screen great films, but also to honor great work by putting the spotlight on these films. This has resulted in gaining full submission waivers at other festivals for a selection of the filmmakers. By the way, we only accepted a small fraction of the actual submissions and we did refunded submission fees. Submission fees start at 10 USD and Italian based filmmakers don't have to pay anything. I also don't understand your remark on using 'Venice' in our festival name. The event is based in Venice and is also being run by Venice based people. We work together with similar events, like f.i. the Toronto Film Week, but that's an event which being run by other Toronto based people. You should see this selection as a recognition of your work. Maybe you don't need that anymore, but most filmmakers (being one myself) do need that push now and then. By the way, we had a great event this year: https://vimeo.com/180501128. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information. All the best, Matt