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8th Venice International Film Festival (1940)

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Location  Venice, Italy
Founded  1932
8th Venice International Film Festival (1940)
Festival date  1 September – 8 September 1940

The "8th" (void) Venice International Film Festival was held from September 1 to September 8, 1940, less than three months after Italy had belatedly entered the Second World War as Germany’s ally. Together with the 1941 and 1942 it is 'considered void- as if they did not happen'. The events were held in places far away from the Lido, and very few countries participated due to World War II and directors that were members of the Rome-Berlin axis. In fact the Festival lost its ‘international’ designation that year, as the war had reduced the number of participating nations to just three: Italy, Germany and, in a sparring role, Hungary. It became therefore the "Manifestazione cinematografica italo-tedesca", to reflect its Italo-German character. The two countries participated with seven feature films each, while Hungary had three. Additionally, a strong fascist political meddling from the Italian fascist government under Benito Mussolini had led to Italy experiencing a period of cultural depression oppressed by fascist propaganda.



Although the festival is still competitive it takes place without an official jury. Awards are given by the festival's president based on the decision of Italian and German film delegates.


  • Mussolini Cup
  • Best Foreign Film - Der Postmeister (Gustav Ucicky)
  • Best Italian Film - The Siege of the Alcazar (Augusto Genina)
  • Volpi Cup
  • Best Actor - Not awarded.
  • Best Actress - Not awarded.
  • References

    8th Venice International Film Festival (1940) Wikipedia

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