Relaxed and intimate, the Venice International Film Festival takes over Lido island for a week and a half each year as cinephiles gather for intense film viewing and movie-related discussions. Join the L.A. Times Expeditions and American Film Institute at the beginning of the festival. Travelers will receive special passes providing total access to the movie village and all events of this festival, even after the expedition officially ends. You may choose to attend as many film screenings and events as you wish, coming and going from your home base at a historic palazzo in Venice. A select number of non-festival activities supplement the program to enhance your Venetian film experience.
Aug 25-31, 2020
Join Barry Sabath, film producer and faculty member at American Film Institute, as well as a film critic from the L.A. Times, and for their take on the significance of the Venice International Film Festival.
Attend the world’s oldest film festival with an all-access pass.
See film premieres on the Lido, as well as major classics previously shown in Venice.
Attend the orientation at the Film Festival Village and the pre-festival event.
Arrive in Venice and transfer to the hotel, which is in a beautiful residential area. Meet with your fellow L.A. Times and AFI travelers, as well as a L.A. Times film critic and AFI faculty member Barry Sabath, for a welcome reception followed by a dinner at a popular local trattoria. (R, D)
This morning, visit Atelier Nicolao, a costume manufacturer famous for creating elaborate period costumes for film and stage productions. Then join a film location specialist for a water taxi tour of iconic sites and filming around Venice. Enjoy lunch as a group and have the remainder of the afternoon free to attend film screenings or to explore Venice on your own. Maybe you’ll take in the Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco or the Doge’s Palace or just explore the hidden and not-so-hidden jewels of this iconic city. Reconvene this evening to attend an orientation at the Film Festival Village. Dine on your own before attending the inaugural event at the festival this evening. (B, L)
The Venice Film Festival takes place on the sandy island known as the Lido, an easy vaporetto (water bus) ride across the lagoon from central Venice. Your pass allows you to attend screenings or other events of your choice in the movie village. Film screenings take place every day between 8 a.m. and midnight. Gather this evening over a glass of wine with your experts to discuss the films you have seen today. (B, R)
After breakfast, it’s back to Lido island and the film festival. Today, plan on packing in as many films as possible and wander the festival to soak up the atmosphere. Attend panel discussions on the events of the festival so far, and maybe spot a Hollywood star in the crowds. Gather again this evening and join your experts for a discussion. (B, R)
Another day at the film festival or a chance to explore Venice on your own. Gather again this evening for stimulating conversations. (B, R)
Use your final day in Venice to attend more screenings and soak in the festival atmosphere. This evening, take a leisurely walk to the Piazza San Marco. Enjoy a gourmet dinner overlooking the piazza, an appropriately cinematic setting for a festive farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer by water taxi to Venice international airport for flights home. (B)