Location: Venice, Italy

Notes:
  • 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


Awards

Golden Lion
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.

Mussolini Cup
Given: 1934-1942
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.

Audience Referendum
Given: 1932
1932: Some voting forms included Mickey Mouse as favorite actor.

Grand Special Jury Prize

Silver Lion

Special Jury Prize

Golden Osella

Silver Osella

Bronze Osella

Volpi Cup
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 Actor
Given: 1980-1987

Best Actress
Given: 1980-1987

Special Recommendation

Honorable Mention

Special Mention

International Award

Best First Work
Given: -1967

Outstanding Individual Contribution
Given: 2002-

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
Given: 1998-
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

Upstream Prize
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

3-D Award
The award is given to the best 3-D stereoscopic film of the year

Special Lion

Career Golden Lion
Given: 1982-
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
Given: 1996-

Audience Award (Arena)

Prize of the International Youth Jury

Prize of the Students of the University 'La Sapienza'

Golden Ciak
Given: 1985-

Special Golden Ciak

'Commendatore al merito della Repubblica' Medal

Best Short Film

Best European Short Film
Given: 2009-

Prix UIP Venice (European Short Film)
Given: 2001-2008
The award is decided on by the festival's main jury.

Best Italian Film

San Giorgio Prize
Given: 1956-1967
The award was given to artistic works that had been considered especially important for the progress of civilization.

FIPRESCI Prize
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 Award
Given: 1949-2001

OCIC Special Award

OCIC Award - Honorable Mention

SIGNIS Award
Given: 2002-

SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention

Netpac Award

Netpac Award - Special Mention

C.I.C.A.E. Award

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

UNICEF Award - Special Mention

UNESCO Award

UNESCO Award - Special Mention

UNICRIT Award

CICT-IFTC Award

International Critics' Week Award

Pasinetti Award

Pasinetti Award - Special Mention

Prize of the Forum for Cinema and Literature

Italian Cinema Clubs Award

Pietro Bianchi Award
Given: 1977-
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

Isvema 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 Award

FEDIC Special Award

FEDIC Award - Honorable Mention

FEDIC Award - Special Mention

Little Golden Lion

Queer Lion
Given: 2007-

Queer Lion - Special Mention

Label Europa Cinemas
Given: 2004-

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

Gucci Prize
Given: 2006-
The award is given to outsiders to the film business who have recently made a significant contribution.

Wella Prize
The award honors achievements of women.

L'Oreal Paris Award
Given: 2008-

Open Prize

Doc/It Award

Doc/It Award - Special Mention

Anicaflash Prize
Given to the best first feature film in the festival's program, which had not yet been distributed in Italy.

Lina Mangiacapre Award
Given: 2003-

Lina Mangiacapre Award - Special Mention

Elvira Notari Prize
Given: 1987-2002
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

Brian Award
Given: 2007-

Air For Film Fest Award

UAAR Award
Given: 2006

'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

Biografilm Award

Nazareno Taddei Award

'CinemAvvenire' 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
Given: 2004-

Human Rights Film Network Award

Human Rights Film Network Award - Special Mention

EIUC Award
The award is given to films dealing with human rights.

EIUC Award - Special Mention

Enzo Serafin Award

Kodak Award
The award is given to a first or second work. (as of 1996)

Kodak-Cinecritica Award

Cinecritica Award

Grand Prize of the European Academy

Prix Pierrot

Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award

AIACE 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

Telepiù Award - Special Mention

Max Factor Award

Kinematrix Film Award

Impudent Cinema Award

Award of the Society for Psychology

Absolute Grand Prize

Biennale Cup

Biennale Award

Golden Biennale Medal

Best Director

Special Director's Award

Best Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Music

Special Prize

Lion of San Marco - Grand Prize

Lion of San Marco

Plate 'Lion of San Marco'

Biennale Medal

Golden Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Medal

Plate

Honorary Diploma

Commendation

Jury Special Mention

Special Jury Citation

Biennale Trophy

International Film Chamber Award

Special Prize on Occasion of the Festival's Jubilee
Given: 1992

Venezia Genti - Best Feature Film

Venezia Genti - Best Short Film

Venezia Genti - Grand Prix
Given: 1972-

Venezia Genti - Special Prize
Given: 1972-

Venezia Genti - Prix Flaherty
Given: 1972-

Venezia Genti - Prix Vertov
Given: 1972-

Golden Plate

Special Award

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

Jury Hommage

Premio per la migliore interpretazione

Golden Phoenix

Bronze Lion

ENIC Cup

Golden Mouse

Special Lion for the Overall Work

Special Volpi Cup

AGIS Award

Premium Cinema Talent Award

Equal Opportunity Award

Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award

Gillo Pontecorvo-Arcobaleno Latino Award

Green Drop Award

Interfilm Award

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award

La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award

Nazareno Taddei Award - Special Mention

Persol Award

Silver Mouse

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

Cinecittà Cup

ANICA Cup

Education Ministry Cup

Best Animation

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

Golden Rudder

Luis Buñuel Award

Popular Culture Ministry Cup

Best Artistic Collaboration

Technical Prize

Silver Lion - Short Film

Bresson Award

Gingerly Award

Photographers Award

Corporations Ministry Cup

CIDALC Award

De Sica Award - Special Mention

Alitalia Award

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

ENIC Medal

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

Fedeora Award - Special Mention

Bianchi Award

Grand International Award

Ambiente WWF Award

International Award - Animated Film

International Award - Documentary

International Award - Short Film

Volpi Award

Bisato d'Oro

BookCiack Prize

Louis Vuitton Journeys Award

Civitas Vitae Prossima Award

Piccioni Award

AssoMusica Award

Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award

BNL People's Choice Award

Best Innovative Budget Award

Cinecibo Award

Bisato d'Oro - Special Mention

AKAI International Film Fest Award

AKAI International Film Fest Award - Special Mention