Venice appoints additional jury presidents; Sam Mendes already on board as competition jury president.


Director Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeannette) has been set as president of Venice’s Orizzoniti Jury and actor-director Kim Rossi Stuart (Romanzo Criminale) will serve as president of the jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film - Lion of the Future.

French director Guédiguian, known for his focus on Marseille and working class life, presented La Ville Est Tranquille at the festival in 2000.

Kim Rossi Stuart’s films has often featured at Venice, including Le Chiavi Di Casa (2004) by Gianni Amelio and Vallanzasca (2010) by Michele Placido.

The Orizzonti section awards the Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.

The international Jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film awards a cash sum of $100,000 dollars donated by Filmauro, to be divided equally between the director and the producer of one of the debut feature-length films presented in the various competition sections within the Official Selection and parallel sections.

As previously announced, Sam Mendes will preside over the festival’s competition jury.

The 73rd Venice Film Festival will run between August 31 – September 10.