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Venice TV Fest debuts. (World).

Organized by the Association of Italian TV Producers (APT) and VeneziaFiere, the Venice International TV Festival (part of the European Commission's MediaPlus program which promotes the interests of television producers in European markets) will make its debut on March 21-25 in Venice Lido, Italy.

The more than 3,000 hours of programming submitted for the Canal Grande Awards competition include fiction, animated works, formats, and MOWs from companies such as Germany's Kirchgruppe, ZDF and ProSieben, the U.K.'s Buena Vista and Channel 4, France's TF1 and M6, and Spain's RTVE and Antena3. Cultural programs and biodocs represent the new trend in documentaries, an additional category of the Venice Fest competition.

The Canal Grande award will also be bestowed on main and supporting actors, many of whom will be in attendance. In addition to the prize, the TV festival offers a noncompetitive showcase entitled "International Highlights," as well as a "Special Guest" section dedicated to Canadian productions. This year Canada got the nod because it's a country with strong cultural ties to Europe," said Adriano Arie, president of the Festival.

Arie explained that "the event wants to be a showcase for European programming with the purpose of stimulating projects and co-productions among European companies. We exclude the development of a distribution market within this event." He continued, "our industry needs to obtain rules and laws from the European Parliament and we hope to have an impact in that direction."
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Publication:Video Age International
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Date:Feb 1, 2002
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