La Biennale di Venezia / 75th Venice International Film Festival - Final Numbers of the 3rd Venice Production Bridge

Sunday, 9 September 2018

The 3rd  Venice Production Bridge - the Festival film market’s evolution into a specialized meeting point for completing projects - was held from August 30 to September 4, 2018 within the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The VPB re-proposed and expanded on  the Venice Gap-Financing Market, the Book Adaptation Rights Market and Final Cut in Venice programs.

Here are the final figures of the 2018 VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE:


REGISTERED                                    REGISTERED

Industry Gold 831                            Industry Gold 948

Industry Trade 480                           Industry Trade 655

Industry Professional 791                 Industry Professional 859

Tot: 2.102                                       Tot:  2.462

This 3rd  edition of the Venice Production Bridge accreditations have shown in its final phase a 17% increase, compared to 2017.

The Venice Production Bridge has been supported by Eurimages,   The World Bank and its programme CONNECT4CLIMATE, The European Film Forum and the Creative Europe Media and the European Commission , Arab Cinema Center and Focus on China  / Anica.


VENICE GAP- FINANCING MARKET (31 August- 2 September):

242 projects were submitted, out of these 40 projects (25 Fiction/Doc, 15 VR Immersive Story projects) were selected.

40 Fiction/ Documentary and VR Immersive Story projects + 6 Biennale College Vr projects (40 + 7 in 2016) for which 850 one-to-one meetings have been organized with 120 companies.

The Venice Gap-Financing Market has been supported by Creative Europe and its MEDIA programme.

  • BOOK ADAPTATION RIGHTS MARKET (31 August- 2 September):

20 publishers (19 in 2017) attended the market, around 214 one-to-one meetings were organized for them organized with 53 companies.

  • FINAL CUT IN VENICE (1-3 September):

The Venice Production Bridge has organized the 6th edition of its workshop programme, Final Cut in Venice (September 1st to 3rd).

86 projects were submitted, out of these 6 projects were selected.

On the 1st and the 2nd September the 6 works in progress were presented, followed by a Q&A, while on the 3rd of September 28 one-to-one meetings were organized between the project teams and financiers.

For the second year, La Biennale di Venezia gave a cash award of € 5,000, the Biennale Prize, to support the best film in post-production.

The jury, composed of Raffaella di Giulio (Fandango), Carole Scotta (Haut et Court) and José Michel Buhler (Adok Film), has awarded the film:

MOVEMENT by Nadir Bouhmouch (Morocco)

Producer: Sophia Menni

The partners of the sixth edition of Final Cut in Venice (75th Venice International Film Festival) have decided to give their support to the following films in post-production:

Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You by Lemongah Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho, Germany)

Has been supported by:

  • Mactari Mixing Auditorium (Paris) is giving up to € 10,000 for the sound mixing of a feature length film (up to 12 days of work, sound re-recording mixer not included);
  • Titra Film (Paris) is giving up to € 5,000 for color-grading; up to € 3,000 for the production of a DCP master, i-Tunes, Google or Netflix files; up to € 2,000 for French or English subtitles (translation not included);
  • Sub-Ti Access Srl (Turin) is giving up to € 7,000 for the accessible contents of the film for audiences with sensory disabilities: subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired and audio description for the blind and visually impaired, with audio subtitles, in Italian or English. The SDH file and the audio described soundtrack for DCP will be provided;
  • Sub-Ti Ltd. (London) is giving up to € 7,000 for the production of the DCP master and Italian or English subtitles;
  • The Festival International du Film d’Amiens offers a participation in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,500);
  • The Festival International de Films de Fribourg; offers a participation in the production costs of a DCP (€ 2,500).

THE WAITING BENCH by Suhaib Gasmelbari (France, Chad, Germany)

Producer: Marie Balducchi

Has been supported by:

  • Mactari Mixing Auditorium (Paris) is giving up to € 15,000 for the sound mixing (up to 12 days of work, sound re-recording mixer not included);
  • Rai Cinema is giving € 5,000 for the purchase of two-year broadcasting rights;
  • El Gouna Film Festival is giving $ 5,000 and an invitation to participate in the industry platform CineGouna;
  • MAD Solutions is offering marketing, publicity and distribution in the Arab World;
  • Eye on Films is giving the possibility to benefit from the Eye on Films label, that will present the film to distributors and festivals affiliated to EoF and will contribute to the communication of the film for a value of € 2,500 during its world premiere in an A-category festival.

CERTIFIED MAIL by Hisham Saqr (Egypt) 

Producer: Jessica El Khoury

Has been supported by:

  • Laser Film (Rome) is giving € 15,000 for color correction, for up to 50 hours of work (technician included);
  • Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is giving up to € 5,000 to an African or Arab film from a member-country of La Francophonie;
  • Lagoonie Film Production is giving up to € 5,000 for one Arab project



The VPB this year welcomed a substantial number of key Industry players and decision makers in order to cover all the initiatives. The professionals that attended the one-to-one meetings of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, the Book Adaptation Rights Market, Final Cut in Venice and the VPB market screenings were producers, distributors, financiers, institutions, broadcasters, sales agents, VR experts from companies such as Sony, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Paramount, Studio CanalWild Bunch, The Match Factory, MK2, Protagonist Pictures,Celluloid DreamsCurzon Artificial Eye, Samsung, Ford Foundation, UGC, BBC Studios Digital, Natixis-Coficine, Film4, Dogwoof, Haut et Court, Wide, Doc & Film International, National Filmboard of Canada, as well as by representatives from major festivals and markets, such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, IFFR - CineMart, Istanbul, Macao amongst many others.


In the context of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, the European Commission has co-organized the European Film Forum on September 1st and 2nd , 2018.

“Creating the buzz around movies:  Promotion, Festivals and MEDIA after 2020” In association with the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme,  La Biennale di Venezia has organized the 4th edition of the European Film Forum (September 1st and 2nd, 2018) with the attendance of key industry leaders from all over the world. Seizing the opportunity of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival, this event focused on the role of Film Festivals today and the MEDIA support to festivals in the future, with the objective of strengthening the promotion of films and reaching wider audiences. The event was opened by Mr Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia, follone  by a key note speech given by Mr Roberto Viola, Director General at the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Economy and Society.





A total of 36, including 32 international panels and events. (36 of which 34 international in 2017)

  • VPB              MARKET              SCREENINGS ORGANIZED

A     total    of     37,    including    11    Private Screenings. (27 of which 11 private screening in 2017)


56 films (37 in 2017) are available for viewing at the Digital Video Library presented through Festival Scope, including:

4 film from Out of Competition, 17 from Orizzonti, 3 from Venezia Classici, 3 from Biennale College Cinema, 15 from SIC, 10 from Giornate degli Autori, 3 from Final Cut and 1 from the Venice Production Bridge.

The available titles had 111 views since August 29th .


From the 23rd of July to the 7th of September :

1.100   Industry registered delegates had access to the restricted areas of the  website of which 460 have actively used the VGFM1to1, BARM1to1 and the Industry Guide.

Overall the website had 2.328 unique users, 5.542 sessions with 40.346 page views.


  • CLOSE ENNEMIS (World Sales Bac Films) has been sold to Italy (Europictures), Spain (La Aventura), Turkey (Bir Films), Greece (Spentzos Film), China (Hishow Ent) and Benelux (O’Brothers)
  • ONE NATION, ONE KING (WS Studio Canal) : Is in discussion to sell to Italy and has been presold to Japan, Spain, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Greece, Portugal, Benelux, Switzerland, Taiwan, Singapore, Lebanon, Gulf, Hungary, CIS.
  • LA QUIETUD (WS Wild Bunch) sold to Italy (BIM Distribuzione)
  • DOUBLE LIVES (WS Playtime) sold to Switzerland (Agora), Canada (Axia), Spain (BTeam), Latin America (California Filmes), Korea ( Cineblooming), China (Times Vision), Greece ( Weird Waves), Italy (I Wonder), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Sweden (Triart), Turkey (FilmArty) and IFC for the US.
  • NAPSZALLTA (WS Playtime) sold to Sony Pictures Classics (USA), France (Ad Vitam), Germany(MFA), Spain (Avalon), Greece (Filmtrade), UK (Curzon), Italy (Movie Inspired, Japan (Fine Films), Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (Cineart), Austria (Thimfilm), China (Film Archive), Israel (Lev Cinema), Portugal (Midas), Taiwan (Flash Forward), Norway (Tour de Force), Finland (Future Film)
  • IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS World sales acquired by True Colours;
  • EMMA PEETERS World sales acquired by True Colours
  • MY OWN GOOD World sales acquired by True Colours
  • DEVA World sales acquired by Wide Management
  • THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW World sales acquired