Venice Production Bridge project spotlights films, internet, series and VR
- The project will focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production
The board of directors of the Biennale - Venice International Film Festival (31 August–10 September 2016) has approved a new project entitled Venice Production Bridge to ensure continuity, but also to surpass and fine-tune the Venice Film Market, first held in 2012.
The new Venice Production Bridge will focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production. This is the direction also pursued by the Venice Film Market, which since its very first edition has served as a light market, featuring programmes such as the European Gap Financing Market and Final Cut in Venice, with the aim of helping to complete films and works in progress.
The new Venice Production Bridge will also build on the experience of the Biennale College – Cinema, an innovative workshop for the development and production of micro-budget feature films, which over a four-year period has led to the production of 13 films that have earned prestigious international results and acknowledgments. The idea of the Venice Production Bridge now consists of building – starting with the forthcoming 73rd Venice International Film Festival – a new “bridge” or meeting place for all professional figures in film production, orientated towards the completion/production of films and their distribution, conceived as a structure for the promotion of new film projects and new productions, and co-productions at the international level.
The Venice Production Bridge will also focus on one of the major new trends in contemporary production, which is the co-existence of a diversity of platforms fostered by the digital revolution: television series, web series and, above all, the new frontier represented by virtual reality (VR), which are currently attracting major investment and the most advanced technological research. The Venice Production Bridge intends to attract industry professionals active in these fields.
Specifically, the Venice Production Bridge will present approximately 40 projects in the final stages of development and funding (following the model of the Gap Financing Film Market), divided as follows:
- Films: 18/20 projects for feature-length fiction films from around the world that need to complete their funding package with minority shares in the co-production, having at least 70% of the funding in place;
- Documentaries: 5/7 projects for narrative or creative documentaries (to be presented like the films);
- TV series: 5 European projects for television series (to be presented in a similar manner);
- Virtual reality: 5 projects for short- to medium-length artistic-narrative films to be produced as virtual reality experiences;
- Web series: 5 projects for series to be screened on the web.
All of the projects will be presented publicly in Venice during a three-day event. The operational structure of Venice Production Bridge will be directed by two co-ordinators, Pascal Diot and Savina Neirotti.