Venice Film Festival

Each year, Venice hosts celebrities, directors, and famous movie makers descend in search of the Golden Lion.

August 31, 2016

The Venice Film Festival is Back

The Stars Come Out in Venice!

Each year in late summer, the chic city of Venice hosts the occasion of the year when celebrities, directors, and famous movie makers descend in search of the Golden Lion. You will not want to miss all the action emanating from the Lido of Venice. This is the oldest film festival in the world, the one from which all other events take note.

Logo | photo credit: Asac – La Biennale

Who to Watch For in Venice

This year’s film stars include Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Reda Kateb, Sophie Semin, Jens Harzer, Nick Cave, Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi and Italy’s own Brando Pacitto, Matilda Lutz, Taylor Frey, Joseph Haro, Daniele Parisi, Silvia D’Amico, Pamela Villoresi, Ivan Franek, Rocco Papaleo, Piera Degli Esposti, and Milena Vukotic. Perhaps you will see a celebrity or watch the film premiere of the world’s next great actor or actress!

The Lido of Venice

A charming place, the Lido stretches for 11 kilometers and is home to 20,000 residents. These are the grounds for the annual film festival. Screenings are available at the Palazzo del Cinema and an award ceremony follows where the prestigious Golden Lion is awarded.

Red Carpet | photo credit: Asac – La Biennale


Hosted by the Biennale Foundation, Venice’s arts community, are several renowned exhibits and festivals, which occur annually or biannually. For 2016, the Biennale includes the International Film Festival and the International Architecture Exhibition. You can find pavilions from many countries of the world showcasing their triumphs of architecture, just as the film festival highlights the best films on the planet.

Event Dates

Catch the action from August 31 to September 10. There are four films of note from some significant young and international talents. These are: Hotel Salvation (India), Ears (Italy), Quimili (Argentina), and La Soledad (Venezuela). In all, more than a dozen films can be seen in various genres, including documentary.

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

With sweeping views of the sparkling Venice lagoon, the Hotel Danieli enjoys a particularly majestic location—just steps from the legendary Palazzo Ducale, dramatic St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and the famed Bridge of Sighs.

The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice

With its private entrance on the Grand Canal, the hotel is at once both centrally located and utterly secluded. The astonishing Piazza San Marco and spectacular Palazzo Ducale are a short walk away, as are countless boutiques and restaurants.

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Occupying a prestigious setting on the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace was built in 1475 as residence of Doge Andrea Gritti. A leisurely short stroll from Piazza San Marco, the imposing palazzo awards rare views of Santa Maria della Salute.

Bonus Starpoints

Earn now bonus Starpoints® when you stay with us. 10% off your next suite and breakfast included.
Book Now

Free Wi-Fi

Get free internet when you book with us. Stay connected when traveling at our hotels and resorts in Italy.
Book Now

Best Available Rates

Reserve online to enjoy our best available rates, guaranteed. If you find a lower rate, we'll give you a 20% discount or 2,000 Starpoints.
Book Now

Saint John festivity in Catania: a celebration of religion and folklore

Every year, on June 23rd and 24th the local community in San Giovanni di Galermo is gathered as a sign of devotion and spirituality to celebrate the Patron Saint John the Baptist in a mix of religiosity and folklore.

La Biennale di Venezia 2018

The Venice Biennale is one of those events that is part of the Italian and international collective culture and represents a moment of sharing, discovery and debate on art, architecture, dance and the cinema that involves the most enchanting places in Venice.

Bellagio and Cernobbio: a trip among the beauties of Lake Como

Two gems in the heart of Lake Como: Bellagio and Cernobbio are two paradises a stone's throw from the capital of Lombardy, an area of ​​charming villas, elegant shops, parks and gardens.