The Venice Film Festival is one of the most important events for the cinematography lovers, you can look at some of the history and see that it’s the first-ever cinema festival and second cinematography event after the Oscars. The Venice Festival is part of the long-lasting Biennale di Venezia (thus sometimes the Venice International Film Festival is called the Biennale Film Festival) founded in 1892 as the first recurring international art expo, and till this day it goes strong bringing a massive list of celebrities in Venice, not just to enjoy the city, but rather to promote one of the most important aspects of Human Civilization.

When you think about the History of this event you can’t forget about the amazing moments, and the amazing class showcases by the directors and actors that would come up to the event on the one and only Riva, a classic Venetian ride. I mean a Riva is like the Aston Martin of boats and you know that if you have to rock up to the Venice Film Festival you have to do it with class.

But what is the Venice Film Festival location? It’s at the beautiful Palazzo del Cinema, in the Lido di Venezia. One of the most beautiful buildings in Venice that’s for sure. Perfect for that Riva Entrance.

This Venice Film Festival 2019 still hasn’t dropped any names (meaning there aren’t any Venice Film Festival trailers either) that are going to be in the race, because the event starts at the end of August (from August 28 to September 7), but we wanted to let you know that if you’re interested you can start to look into getting a pass cause cinema students to have a chance to visit the Venice Italian Festival and attend the Venice Film Festival press conference. This way you can get a glimpse of how the industry works, but if you want to submit unfortunately the Venice Film Festival 2019 submission deadline was the 14th of June, but I’ll leave a link to it just in case you’re thinking about it for the next years (I mean you’re probably a pro-reading this and not a student, or you’re a really talented student).

I thought to myself, with this festival being so old and important to cinema, why not close this article with the Venice Film Festival winners list? This way you’ll always have a cheat sheet for those very specific convos on Venetian Festivals. 

(I’m doing the Leone d’Oro, cause if I don’t this article is gonna be neve-ending. This is going to the best film of the Festival, also I’m keeping the original titles)

1946 – The Southerner, Jean Renoir, USA

1947 – Siréna, Karel Stekly, Czechoslovakia

1948 – Hamlet, Laurence Olivier, UK

1949 – Manon, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

1950 – Justice est faite, André Cayatte, France

1951 – Rashômon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

1952 – Jeux interdits, René Clément, France

1953 – No Leone d’oro

1954 – Giulietta e Romeo, Renato Castellani, Italy

1955 – Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

1956 – No Leone d’oro

1957 – Aparajito, Satyajit Ray, India

1958 – Muhomatsu No Issho, Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

1959 – La Grande Guerra, Mario Monicelli, Italy & Il Generale Della Rovere, Roberto Rossellini, Italy

1960 – Le Passage du Rhin, André Cayatte, France

1961 – L’année Dernière à Marenbad, Alain Resnais, France

1962 – Cronaca Familiare, Valerio Zurlini, Italy & Ivanovo Detsvo, Andrej Tarkovskij, USSR

1963 – Le Mani sulla Città, Francesco Rossi, Italy

1964 – Deserto Rosso, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

1965 – Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa…, Lucio Visconti, Italy

1966 – La Battaglia di Algeri, Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria

1967 – Belle de jour, Luis Bunuel, France

1968 – Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos, Alexander Kluge, West Germany

1969 – 1979 No Leone d’oro, the event wasn’t taking place and when it did they didn’t keep the competing factor

1980 – Atlantic City, USA, Louis Malle, USA & Gloria, John Cassavetes, USA

1981 – Die bleierne Zeit, Margarethe von Trotta, West Germany

1982 – Der Stand der Dinge, Wim Wenders, West Germany

1983 – Prénom Carmen, Jean-Luc Godard, France

1984 – Rok Spokojnego S?o?ca, Krystoff Zanussi, Poland

1985 – Sans toit ni loi, Agnés Varda, France

1986 – Le rayon vert, Éric Rohmer, France

1987 – Au revoir les enfants, Louis Malle, France

1988 – La Leggenda del Santo Bevitore, Ermanno Olmi, Italy

1989 – Beiqing Chengshi, Hou Hsiaohsien, Taiwan

1990 – Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard, UK

1991 – Urga, Nikita Mikhalkov, USSR

1992 – Qui Ju da guansì, Zhang Yimou, China

1993 – Short Cuts, Robert Altman, USA & Trois couleurs: Bleu, Krzystof Kie?lowski, France/Poland

1994 – Aiqing Wansui, Tsai Mingliang, Taiwan & Pred dozdot, Mil?o Man?evski, Northern Macedonia

1995 – Xich-lo, Tran Anh Hung, Vietnam

1996 – Michale Collins, Neil Jordan, UK

1997 – Hana-bi, Takeshi Kitano, Japan

1998 – Così ridevano, Gianni Amelio, Italy

1999 – Yi Ge Dou Bu Neng Shao, Zhang Yimou, China

2000 – Dayereh, Jafar Panahi, Iran

2001 – Monsoon Wedding, Mira Nair, India

2002 – The Magdalene Sisters, Peter Mullan, Ireland

2003 – Vozvrašcenje, Andrei Zviagintsev, Russia

2004 – Vera Drake, Mike Leigh, UK

2005 – Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee, USA

2006 – Sanxia Haoren, Jia Zhangke, China

2007 – Se, Jie, Ang Lee, USA/China/Taiwan

2008 – The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky, USA

2009 – Lebanon, Samuel Maoz, Israel

2010 – Somewhere, Sofia Coppola, USA

2011 – Faust, Aleksandr Sokurow, Russia

2012 – Pieta, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea

2013 – Sacro GRA, Gianfranco Rossi, Italy

2014 – En Duva Satt på en Gren och Funderade på Tillvaron, Roy Andersson, Sweden

2015 – Desde allà, Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela

2016 – Ang Babaeng Humayo, Lav Diaz, Philippines

2017 – The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, USA

2018 – Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico