The Venice Film Festival is gearing up for Gotham Impact Salute at the 2022 Gotham Awards – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Film & Media Institute has announced that the Venice Film Festival will receive the Gotham Impact Salute at its 2022 Gotham Awards Ceremony, which will take place live and in person in New York City on November 28.

The Gotham Awards honor groundbreaking independent films and TV series, as the first major awards show of the fall season. The full list of nominations and winners for this year’s edition will be announced at a later date.

“It is a privilege to announce that this year’s Impact Salute will pay tribute to the Venice International Film Festival, the oldest and one of the most influential film festivals in the world organized by La Biennale di Venezia” , said the Gotham Film & Media Institute. Executive Director, Jeffrey Sharp. “As well as featuring some of the biggest films each year, Venice has had a major impact on the American independent film industry over many decades, helping to elevate the work of filmmakers such as Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Regina King, Ang Lee, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Malick, Kimberly Peirce, Kelly Reichardt, George A. Romero, Gus Van Sant and Julie Taymor with world premiere screenings. These filmmakers and their films have subsequently received numerous accolades and awards while raising awareness for the American independent film industry as a whole. As part of our annual celebration of independent film at the Gotham Awards and in recognition of our longstanding collaboration with Biennale College Cinema, we believe we have a unique role to play in recognizing the impact of this extraordinary legacy of ‘Excellency.

The Venice Film Festival, held every year in August, aims to publicize and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Italian critic Alberto Barbera, the festival has hosted world premieres of award-winning films such as boys don’t cry, Being John Malkovich, Memento, you can count on me, Gravity, birdman, Projector, The Earth, The shape of water, The favourite, Rome, Joker, nomadland and One night in Miami. Other notable firsts have included My own private Idaho, far from paradise, Frida and Brokeback Mountain.

The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major personalities to contribute to a better understanding of the history of cinema. It was founded in Venice, Italy in August 1932 and is organized by La Biennale di Venezia, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, overseen by President Roberto Cicutto. The 79th edition will take place at the Venice Lido from August 31 to September 10.

The Gotham Film & Media Institute is an organization that seeks to celebrate and nurture independent film and media creators, providing career development resources, access to industry influencers, and pathways to wider recognition. . As mentioned earlier, the organization headed by Sharp has a history in Venice, having been the academic partner of the Biennale College Cinema – La Biennale di Venezia project dedicated to educating young people in the artistic fields and in the activities of the organizational structure. of the Biennale – since its inception in 2013. Biennale College Cinema discovers and mentors 12 feature film projects presented by first-time and/or secondary directors and emerging producers during a two-week workshop in Venice. Each year, up to four projects are fully funded by a $200,000 grant and have their world premiere at the following Venice Film Festival.

In addition to the Gotham Awards and its work with the Biennale, The Gotham seeks to support the independent storytelling community through programs throughout the year, including Gotham Week, Gotham Labs, Filmmaker Magazine, Gotham EDU, Owning It and Expanding Communities.

Darcy J. Skinner