The Venice International Film Festival 2017 will take place with the dynamic presence of the Iranian cinema like the previous years. Internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, Rakhshan Bani Etemad, will be one of the judges. Iran is joining the lineup with three films this year.
One of the oldest and biggest in the world, the Venice Film Festival began work in 1932. With its particular views on creativity and talent in the cinema, it has been able to discover talented directors, huge trends, and new events in the cinema. Iran is competing with three films in the Orizzonti section (Horizons), namely No Date, No Signature directed by Vahid Jalilvand, Disappearing directed by Ali Asgari, and Los Versos del Olvido directed by Alireza Khatami (France, Germany, Holland, Chile).
For the very first time, the Venice Days section has selected a film by an Iranian cinematographer Shirin Neshat who will be present in this section with Looking for Oum Kulthum (Germany, Austria, Italy). Rakhshan Bani Etemad will be a judge at the Orizzonti section (Horizons) of the festival. Iran took part in the festival for the first time in 1958 with Persian Miniatures directed by Mostafa Farzaneh. Fifty-four directors from Iran have so far taken part in the Venice Film Festival.
Iranian film makers have presented 94 film titles at the Venice Film Festival over 32 periods, 71 of which were made in Iran and 23 abroad.
To date, the Iranian cinema has received 50 awards at the festival; 40 of these were for films produced in Iran and 10 for films produced outside of Iran. Ten judges in various sections of the film festival have also been from Iran.
Producers who have so far taken part include Abbas Kiarostami, Amir Naderi, and Ramin Bohrani with six films each, Ebrahim Golestan with five films, Nasser Taghvai and Mohsen Makhmalbaf with four films each, Dariush Mehrjui, Abolfazl Jalili, Jafar Panahi with three films each, Soharb Shahid-Saless, Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Marzieh Meshkini, Nader Takmil Homayoun, Babak Payami, Faramarz Kamkari, Hanna Makhmalbaf, Saman Salur, Shirin Neshat, Ali Asgari, and Vahid Jalilvand with two films each, Mostafa Farzaneh, Hajir Dariush, Bahram Beyzai, Arbi Avanessian, Ahmad Farooqi Qajar, Houshang Shafati, Bahram Raipur, Manuchehr Tayyab, Masoud Kimiai, Rafi Pitts, Meysam Makhmalbaf, Manijeh Hekmat, Naser Refaei, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mehrdad Farid, Hossein Taheri, Majid Majidi, Mania Akbari, Elham Hosseinzadeh, Ali Mohammad Qasimi, Bayeram Fazli, Bahman Motamedian, Ali Karim, Marjaneh Satrapi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Kianoush Ayari, Shahram Mokri, Nima Javidi, Bahman Ghobadi, Seifollah Samadian, Ana Lily Amanpour, Parviz Shahbazi, Keyvan Karimi, and Alireza Khatami with one film each.
The 2017 Venice Film Festival due to take place from 30 August to 9 September has one official section and two autonomous sections.