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Venice’s Sala Web returns for innovative online screenings


- Fourth edition of Biennale’s Sala Web to stream selected Orizzonti competition and Biennale College titles

Venice’s Sala Web returns for innovative online screenings

Following three successful years of incorporating an online screening experience into the regular programming of the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale has announced that its innovative Sala Web initiative will return this year for the 72nd edition of the Mostra, in collaboration with Festival Scope, the online platform for film professionals.

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Sala Web will serve as a parallel online showcase for films officially selected at the Orizzonti Competition and Biennale College. In tandem with their world premieres on the Lido, these films will be available for streaming for five days. This virtual screening room takes the festival’s official selection beyond the confines of traditional venues and makes some of the Mostra’s most groundbreaking programmes directly accessible for audiences worldwide.

Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera explains: “We are committed to making the Mostra even more accessible for anyone interested - from film enthusiasts to film professionals. The aim of Sala Web is to make them discover brand new films that may otherwise have remained beyond their reach. The films from the Orizzonti Competition and Biennale College represent truly inventive trends in the world cinema today: we are willing to find new ways to increase their visibility and develop their audience worldwide. In this context, Sala Web is the platform connecting international audiences with the Venice Film Festival.”

The Orizzonti Competition aims to showcase the new trends in world cinema. The 2014 Sala Web selection featured international, multi-awarded titles such as Court and These Are the Rules [+see also:
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The Biennale College is a unique higher education workshop for the development and production of micro-budget, feature length films. Last year it provided a successful launching platform for new talent such as Duccio Chiarini’s Short Skin [+see also:
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(later selected for Berlinale) and Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia’s H. (later selected for Sundance and Berlinale).

Sala Web screenings will be hosted on a secure site operated by Festival Scope on behalf of the Venice Film Festival. Festival Scope is an online platform exclusively reserved for film professionals, which partners with the most prominent film festivals worldwide to bring the artistic discoveries, experience and business opportunities of the international festival circuit online.

Digital tickets for Sala Web screenings will go on sale in mid-August, via a box office on the home page found here. Users may register to buy tickets for the online screenings with all tickets priced at €4 or a Festival Pass (€10 for 5 films). Tickets for chosen titles will allow users to screen the film once during a 5-day period beginning at 9 p.m. EST on the day of the film’s official premiere at Venice Film Festival.

The full selection of films available for online screening on Sala Web will be announced in the coming days. This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 2 to 12.

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