VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE Venice Gap – Financing Market

The Venice Production Bridge is launching the Call for Projects for the sixth edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, which will take place from August 30th to September 1st, 2019, during the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28th – September 7th, 2019).

The Venice Gap-Financing Market is a platform for selected projects to support the European and international producers to secure financing for their projects (Fiction, Documentaries and VR Immersive Story Projects) through one-to-one meetings with potential and pertinent international professionals (producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds). All the invited professionals are decision-makers.

This call is open to European and International projects for the following categories:

  • Film and Documentary: up to 27/33 feature films and international narrative or creative feature documentaries, including 3 Biennale College Cinema Projects, from all over the world will be selected. There is no genre limitation and animation feature films are welcome;
  • VR Immersive Story Projects: up to 10/12 VR projects from all over the world will be selected.

The 3-day event will present up to 45 selected European and International projects and VR Immersive Story Projects developed through the Biennale College Cinema Virtual Reality.

A tailor-made initiative of this kind requests a real confidentiality for the producers and the partners already in place and a first Project line-up will therefore be sent to selected potential financiers and professionals in order to allow them to register to this co- production market.

The catalogue detailing each film project will then be emailed to the registered professionals by the beginning of July 2019 to entitle them to request 30-minute one-to-one meetings with the producers of the selected projects. The Venice Gap-Financing Market will set up these meetings in accordance with the availability of the participants and meetings slots. Each participant will receive a personalised meeting schedule a few days before the event.

The Venice Gap-Financing Market terms and conditions are:


For Feature Films and Documentary projects

  • · The project must be a fiction feature film or a long feature documentary with a running time above 70 minutes and intended for theatrical distribution.
  • · The project must be looking for a maximum of 30% gap-financing and we will prioritize the ones looking for a European partner.
  • · There is no budget or genre limitation but each project must have secured 70% of its budget and must prove that this financing is in place. The film can be in development, partly or entirely shot.

The Project Team

  • · Directors must have previous directing experience (short films, features, TV movies, series).
  • · Producers must have a track record in production and international co-production

For VR Immersive Story Projects

  • · VR Immersive Story Projects can be in different formats: all formats of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) or 360 Dome projection.
  • · The VR Immersive Story Projects can be fiction, documentary, series or animation.
  • · The minimum length must be 10 minutes.
  • · The projects can be both original concepts and adaptations.
  • · There is no budget limitation. Each project should be preferably in a development phase, but films already partially or totally shot are also acceptable.
  • · All submitted projects should have secured at least 30% of their budget and must prove that this financing is in place.

The Project Team

  • · Directors must have previous artistic or directing experience in their field (short films, features, TV movies, series, visual arts, performing arts, sound, installation, performance…).
  • · Producers must have a track record in production and international co-production

The directors of first or second feature Films, Documentaries or VR Immersive Story Projects are invited to provide information on their curriculum vitae as requested in the online submission form, for the purposes of research and documentation.