Venice Film Festival Renews Artistic Director Alberto Barbera For 2021-2024

Andreas Wiseman
·1 min read

The Venice Film Festival has renewed the contract of current artistic director Alberto Barbera.

The Biennale di Venezia announced today that the Board of Directors has re-upped Barbera, whose official title is Director Of The Cinema Department.

While the Biennale has today changed its head of the music, dance and theatre festivals, Barbera will return for a third consecutive mandate and a fourth term overall. His first stint was between 1999-2001 and he returned to the Lido in 2011.

Next year’s festival will run September 1-11.

Barbera has done a great deal to bolster the standing of the world’s oldest film festival in recent years by attracting big-ticket studio and awards fare, film world A-listers and solid, global lineups.

This year, Venice was the only major festival to take place physically after the pandemic struck in the spring. The event passed off without a hitch and was heralded as a success.

We sat down with Barbera during this year’s festival to discuss the impact of COVID, the event’s protocols and eventual Golden Lion winner Nomadland.

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