- The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival still to take place. It took place in the following years: 1932, 1934-1942, 1946-1968, 1971-1972, 1974-1976, 1979-today. Not all of these years were competitive.
Time Specification: regular
Geographic Specification: international
Given: 1949-1968, 1980-
1995: When an Italian Greenpeace delegation went on stage at the awards ceremony showing a banner protesting against the French nuclear tests in Mururoa, they received evening's only standing ovation from the audience as well as from the jury members.
2008: The festival is dedicated to Youssef Chahine.
1934: The festival takes place without an official jury. Awards are given by the festival board based on a referendum amongst the audience, film experts from several countries and the board of the international institute for the educational cinematography.
1940: Although the festival is still competitive it takes place without an official jury. Awards are given by the the festival's president based on the decision of Italian and German film delegates.
1932: Some voting forms included Mickey Mouse as favorite actor.
Grand Special Jury Prize
Special Jury Prize
Given: 1935-1938, 1941-1942, 1947-1968, 1988-
1947: From 1947 to 1950 the Coppa Volpi is known as Premio internazionale al miglior attore/alla migliore attrice.
The Volpi Cup for best performances cannot be given to actors or actresses who have been dubbed in the original version of the film.
Volpi Cup - Special Mention
Best First Work
Outstanding Individual Contribution
The President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal
This award is presented to a film that lays particular emphasis on civic values and human solidarity.
Marcello Mastroianni Award
The award is given to the best "first time" young actor/actress in a film in the Official Selection.
Luigi De Laurentiis Award
All the debut full-length films presented in the Festival's various sections will compete the award. An international Jury composed of 5-7 personalities from the world of cinema and culture will award the prize to be shared in equal parts between the director and producer.
Luigi De Laurentiis Award - Special Mention
Cinema of the Present - Lion of the Year
Cinema of the Present - Special Jury Award
New Cinema Award
New Cinema Award - Special Mention
San Marco Prize
An international jury comprising 3 or 5 figures from the world of cinema and culture of various countries, excluding those who have collaborated in the creation of the works invited or with an interest in their use, will assign the award to a single winner and to be divided in equal parts between the director and producer.
San Marco Special Jury Award
San Marco Prize - Special Mention
Controcampo Italiano Prize
Controcampo Italiano Prize - Special Mention
The award is given to the best actor and actress in the Upstream (Controcorrente) section of the festival.
Venice Horizons Award
The award is given to the best film in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section of the festival.
Venice Horizons Documentary Award
The award is given to the best documentary film Horizons (Orizzonti) section of the festival.
Venice Horizons Award - Special Mention
Digital Cinema Award
The award is given to the best film in the Digital Cinema (Cinema Digitale) section of the festival.
Digital Cinema Award - Special Mention
The award is given to the best 3-D stereoscopic film of the year
Career Golden Lion
Following proposals made by the Festival Director, the Biennale's Board of Administration may present a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to one or more living persons who has/have made a significant contribution to cinema. (as of 2000)
Audience Award (Arena)
Prize of the International Youth Jury
Prize of the Students of the University 'La Sapienza'
Special Golden Ciak
'Commendatore al merito della Repubblica' Medal
Best Short Film
Best European Short Film
Prix UIP Venice (European Short Film)
The award is decided on by the festival's main jury.
Best Italian Film
San Giorgio Prize
The award was given to artistic works that had been considered especially important for the progress of civilization.
2001: The Jury of the International Film Critics (Jury FIPRESCI) paid hommage to Eric Rohmer, for his consistently innovative work and his unique contribution to modern cinema.
FIPRESCI Special Prize
FIPRESCI Prize - Honorable Mention
OCIC Special Award
OCIC Award - Honorable Mention
SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention
Netpac Award - Special Mention
C.I.C.A.E. Award - Special Mention
Don Quixote Award
The films awarded the Don Quixote prize or a special mention by the jury will be listed in the FICC's catalogue of "Film Distribution Network" which then furthers their international distribution.
UNICEF Award - Special Mention
UNESCO Award - Special Mention
International Critics' Week Award
Pasinetti Award - Special Mention
Prize of the Forum for Cinema and Literature
Italian Cinema Clubs Award
Pietro Bianchi Award
The award is given to eminent figures in the world of Italian film-making.
Guglielmo Biraghi Award
The award is given young talent.
Critics' Week Award
Audience Award (Critics' Week)
The award is given to a film in the in the festival's Critics' Week section (Settimana Internazionale della Critica) (as of 2004)
Italian Film Critics Award
The award is given to the best first or second film in the festival's Critics' Week section (Settimana Internazionale della Critica) (as of 2007)
The award is given to the best first film in the festival's Critics' Week section (Settimana Internazionale della Critica) (as of 2003)
FEDIC Special Award
FEDIC Award - Honorable Mention
FEDIC Award - Special Mention
Little Golden Lion
Queer Lion - Special Mention
Label Europa Cinemas
Jameson Short Film Award
The award is given to a director of a domestic short film representing the best in creative contemporary European cinema. Winning films must have the potential to reach an European audience.
Young Cinema Award
The award is given under the motto "Spirit of time: a look to the present" (as of 2004).
Young Venice Award
Young Venice Award - Special Mention
De Sica Award
The award is given to recognize young Italian cinema.
Alternative Vision Award
"Lino Miccichè" First Feature Award
The award is given to the best first feature film.
Most Promising New Director
Gianni Astrei Award
The award is given to outsiders to the film business who have recently made a significant contribution.
The award honors achievements of women.
L'Oreal Paris Award
Doc/It Award - Special Mention
Given to the best first feature film in the festival's program, which had not yet been distributed in Italy.
Lina Mangiacapre Award
Lina Mangiacapre Award - Special Mention
Elvira Notari Prize
2000: The award is not decided on for technical reasons.
2002: The award is suspended because of the loss of the creator and president of the trophy.
Elvira Notari Prize - Special Mention
Air For Film Fest Award
'Cult Network Italia' Prize
The award is given to a film in the festival's Critics' Week section (Settimana Internazionale della Critica).
'Cult Network Italia' Prize - Special Mention
Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award
Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award - Special Mention
Future Film Festival Digital Award
Future Film Festival Digital Award - Special Mention
Laterna Magica Prize
Laterna Magica Prize - Special Mention
Sergio Trasatti Award
Sergio Trasatti Award - Special Mention
Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award
Nazareno Taddei Award
The CinemAvvenire Awards are actually given for four different achievements: Best Competition Film (Premio al miglior film del concorso), Best First Work (Premio alla migliore opera prima), Best Film on the Relationship Man-Nature (Premio al miglior film sul rapporto uomo-natura) - also known as "Green Lion" (Leone verte) - and the Cinema for Peace Award (Premio "Il cerchio non è rotondo. Cinema per la pace").
Award of the City of Rome
Award of the City of Rome - Special Mention
Children and Cinema Award
Children and Cinema Award - Special Mention
Rota Soundtrack Award
This award is given for the best original soundtrack.
Venice TV Prize
Venice TV Prize - Special Mention
Venice Authors Prize
Venice Authors Prize - Special Mention
International Peace Award
Human Rights Film Network Award
Human Rights Film Network Award - Special Mention
The award is given to films dealing with human rights.
EIUC Award - Special Mention
Enzo Serafin Award
The award is given to a first or second work. (as of 1996)
Grand Prize of the European Academy
Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award
The AIACE Award is given to the best Italian short film of the festival.
UCCA Venticittà Award
UCCA Venticittà Award - Special Mention
Telepiù Award - Special Mention
Max Factor Award
Kinematrix Film Award
Impudent Cinema Award
Award of the Society for Psychology
Absolute Grand Prize
Golden Biennale Medal
Special Director's Award
Lion of San Marco - Grand Prize
Lion of San Marco
Plate 'Lion of San Marco'
Jury Special Mention
Special Jury Citation
International Film Chamber Award
Special Prize on Occasion of the Festival's Jubilee
Venezia Genti - Best Feature Film
Venezia Genti - Best Short Film
Venezia Genti - Grand Prix
Venezia Genti - Special Prize
Venezia Genti - Prix Flaherty
Venezia Genti - Prix Vertov
AIF - For Film Fest Award
Best Musical Film
Best Scientific Film
Grand Biennale Art Trophy
Best Color Film
Best First Film
San Michele Award
Best Overall Artistic Contribution
Premio per la migliore interpretazione
Special Lion for the Overall Work
Special Volpi Cup
Premium Cinema Talent Award
Equal Opportunity Award
Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
Gillo Pontecorvo-Arcobaleno Latino Award
Green Drop Award
Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award
La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award
Nazareno Taddei Award - Special Mention
UK-Italy Creative Industries Award - Best Innovative Budget Award
Venice Horizons Award - Special Jury Prize
Best Foreign Documentary
Fascist Party Cup
Propaganda Ministry Cup
Best Italian Comedy
Venice Horizons Youtube Award
Premio Cinematografico "Civitas Vitae prossima" Award
Education Ministry Cup
Best Psychological Film
Fascist Industry Confederation Cup
Tourism Supervision Cup
Best Colonial Film
Best Foreign Screenplay
Best World Premiere
Agriculture Ministry Cup
Special Pasinetti Award
Best Italian Documentary
Silver Lion - Revelation
Luis Buñuel Award
Popular Culture Ministry Cup
Best Artistic Collaboration
Silver Lion - Short Film
Corporations Ministry Cup
De Sica Award - Special Mention
Award of the City of Imola
Award of the City of Imola - Special Mention
Cinema 60 Award
International Critics Award
International Critics Award - Special Mention
Award of the City of Venice
Best Short Film - Special Mention
Catholic Cinema Clubs Award
Venezia Classici Award
Venice Horizons Award - Special Prize
Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award
Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award - Cinema for UNICEF
Arca CinemaGiovani Award
CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award
Magic Lantern Award
Golden Mouse - Special Mention
Gillo Pontecorvo-Arte e Industria Award
Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award - Special Mention
Soundtrack Stars Award
Soundtrack Stars Award - Special Mention
Schermi di Qualità Award
Label Europa Cinemas - Special Mention
Fedeora Award - Special Mention
Grand International Award
Ambiente WWF Award
International Award - Animated Film
International Award - Documentary
International Award - Short Film
Louis Vuitton Journeys Award
Civitas Vitae Prossima Award
Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award
BNL People's Choice Award
Best Innovative Budget Award
Bisato d'Oro - Special Mention
AKAI International Film Fest Award
AKAI International Film Fest Award - Special Mention