Venice Film Festival 2014

The Venice Film Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, and always one of the most glamorous dates on everyone’s calendar. Founded in 1932, the 71 year old festival is taking place from the 27th August to 6th September in the beautiful city we call Lido, Venice. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms including art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.

Throughout the past 10 days the festival has presented many awards, reviews and showcased premiers for different, spectacular upcoming films. In addition to the hype of the main premiers, the festival also has a competition for short films, a workshop devoted to leading-edge audiovisual projects, and special awards for distinguished film artists. As well as this, there are non-competitive sections called “Mezzogiorno” and “Mezzanotte” that highlight 10 films each to help promote and intrigue a wider audience whom may not have been aware of some showings, and generally for people to just watch and enjoy! During these remarkable 10 days, the festival organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

The Visionary Talent tribute this year was awarded to American actress, Frances McDormand. Another great manifestation of her vision, which we honour today with this award. The Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera states: “Thanks to her long-standing experience in theatre, film and TV, dedicated to the search for truth, the career of Frances McDormand is not only that of an extraordinary actress but also reflects her consistent vision of art and of the world that is often in positive and aware contrast with today’s prevailing value system”.

Venice is the place to find out all the latest and best new films, a guaranteed springboard for Oscar contenders with some films receiving 5 star reviews from critics. Here are some of the most popular films amongst the critics so far:

    • Birdman
    • The Look of Silence
    • 99 Homes
    • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Olive Kitteridge
At this year’s fest, the film which gained the most hype is the premiere of Alejandro Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’, with an all-star cast including Michael Keaton (in a major comeback role), Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. Here’s a preview to have a first look at what all the fuss is about and decide yourself.

Throughout the event, the Italian red carpet sparkled with impeccably dressed starlets, and evening soirees brought out international stars in all their finery. Miles away from the hustle and bustle of NYFW, the festival is the perfect place for any fashionista to have a break and celebrate their success in style, including Vogue Italia editor, Franca Sozzani and actress, Emma Stone. Here are some of the amazing dresses throughout the event…