Winners of the Venice Film Festival

The top prize-winning films at the 74th Venice International Film Festival were shot with ARRI cameras.

Biennale Cinema, the world’s oldest film festival, commenced for the 74th time on August 30, 2017 on the island of Lido in Venice, Italy. Alongside the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, Venice is the most prestigious film festival in the world.

The awards ceremony in Venice took place on September 9. As in years past, Venice Film Festival has been a good predictor of things to come at the Oscars. 14 out of the 21 films nominated for the event’s top category, Venezia 74, were filmed with ARRI cameras. 

Guillermo del Toro accepts the Golden Lion for THE SHAPE OF WATER

The top prize at Venice, the Golden Lion, went to Guillermo del Toro for his feature film THE SHAPE OF WATER. Danish cinematographer, Dan Lausten DFF captured the film with ARRI’s prize-winning ALEXA camera. The Silver Lion went to Samuel Maoz for his film FOXTROT; a feature shot by cinematographer Giora Bejach with ARRI ALEXA XT, ALEXA Mini, and ARRI/Zeiss Master Prime lenses. Another standout award in the main competition, the Special Jury Prize, went to Australian director Warwick Thornton for his film SWEET COUNTRY. Thornton also shot the film with cinematographer Dylan River ACS using the ARRI ALEXA XT. 

Samuel Maoz picks up the Silver Lion for FOXTROT

On September 2nd, ARRI, together with the Venice Production Bridge, hosted a cocktail event for filmmakers attending the Festival at the Beach Pavilion of the Excelsior Hotel. For decades ARRI has fostered relationships with industry professionals from around the world and, on the eve of the company’s 100th birthday, ARRI toasted these collaborations with cinematographers, directors, and producers in Venice. At this event, ARRI showcased a variety of their products which were heavily involved in Festival productions. Cameras including ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini, AMIRA, and Master Anamorphic lenses, as well as L-Series and SkyPanel LED lights were on view.

ARRI would like to congratulate all the participants and well-deserved prize recipients of Venice 2017. For a complete list of winners, please visit the official La Biennale Di Venezia website.

The Special Jury Prize goes to Warwick Thornton

Photos: ASAC