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Visit the Lido Without Spending the Big Bucks: Ten Venice Features to Stream Online

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2012 at 1:02PM

For the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8), 10 features films and 13 short films from the Orizzonti section of the fest will be available for streaming all over the world, concurrent with the films' debuts on the Lido.
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For the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8), 10 feature films and 13 short films from the Orizzonti section of the fest will be available for streaming all over the world, concurrent with the films' debuts on the Lido. No, guys, you will not be able to stream "The Master."

To access the Biennale's virtual theater online, all you have to do is register and make a "seat" reservation (500 per screening) on the fest's website. Then the user purchases a virtual ticket for 4.20 euros, and is sent a personal link good for one screening only.

The mission statement of this initiative:

The goal of this important experimental initiative is to make the Biennale’s effort to promote and support new films, and in particular young authors, even more effective by exploiting the potential offered by modern web technology. Orizzonti will present debut films and feature-length films from the fringes, as well as works that explore current genres and production pursuing innovation and creative originality.

Each film will be available for viewing in streaming for 24 hours starting at 9:00 PM (Italian time) on the day of the film’s official presentation at the Venice Film Festival, according to the following schedule:

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, Digital Future, Festivals, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.