77th Venice Film Festival

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Did you know the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world? Yep! The inaugural event took place on August 6, 1932 and included a screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was voted most original film. No official awards were given.

Here’s another fun fact: PJ’s own Chris Edwards was a finalist in the 2008 Venice Film Festival. His movie, Vegas: Based on a True Story, is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Chris was the cinematographer.

Announced yesterday on Variety, the 2020 festival is set to take place as originally scheduled — without a contingency plan for virtual or online screenings — during a very difficult time for Italy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Venice Film Festival cannot be replaced by an online event,” says a Venice spokesman, followed by “it’s too early for this to be decided.” This comes in response to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announcing consideration to both on-site and digital events for their upcoming festival, also taking place in September.

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