8th Venice International Film Festival (void)

The "8th" annual (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. 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.[1] 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.[2][3]

"8th" (void) Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
LocationVenice, Italy
Festival date1 – 8 September 1940


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.[4]

In CompetitionEdit

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Muz z neznáma Martin Frič Bohemia
Opera Ball Opernball Géza von Bolváry Nazi Germany
(The Postmaster) Der Postmeister Gustav Ucicky Nazi Germany
A Mother's Love Mutterliebe Gustav Ucicky Nazi Germany
Jud Süß Veit Harlan Nazi Germany
Befreite Hände Hans Schweikart Nazi Germany
Trenck, der Pandur Herbert Selpin Nazi Germany
The Siege of the Alcazar L'assedio dell'Alcazar Augusto Genina Kingdom of Italy
Oltre l'amore Carmine Gallone Kingdom of Italy
La peccatrice Amleto Palermi Kingdom of Italy



  1. ^ "A message from Joseph Goebbels, in 'Overland literary journal'". Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  2. ^ "The 1940s". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "The 30s". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Overview". Retrieved 2014-09-30.

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