Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, and boasts one of the most prestigious film prizes, the coveted Golden Lion.
Last week the festival announced its 2019 program and it’s thrilling to see that for the third year in a row, an Australian film has been selected for competition.
Shannon Murphy’s debut feature Babyteeth, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis, will have its world premiere in official competition.
Melbourne’s very own Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine’s 360-degree stop-motion VR film Passenger will premiere in the Venice Virtual Reality competition.
And the final bit of icing on the cake is the news that Melbourne filmmakers Jamie Helmer and Michael Leonard will return to Venice with their latest film, The Diver , (watch the trailer below) selected for the short film competition.
Congratulations to all the film teams heading to Venice in 2019.
Australian films have taken out the Special Jury Prize at Venice two years in a row, with Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale in 2018 and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country in 2017.
The 76th Venice International Film Festival runs from 28 August to 7 September 2019.