Miyazaki to be Honored at Venice Film Festival

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Hayao Miyazaki to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Summer Film Festival in Venice

The Biennale di Venezia, the parent organization of the Venice International Film Festival, has announcd that Hayao Miyazaki will be honored this year with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Miyazaki will be presented the award at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival, which runs from 31st August to 10th September, 2005. The award itself will be presented on Friday, September 9th during a "Miyazaki Day" that will see the screening of a number of his films that have not been released in Italy and Europe. This will be the first time that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to a director of animated films.

Miyazaki's latest movie, Howl's Moving Castle won a Golden Osella for Technical Achievement at the 61st Venice International Film Festival in 2004. Many had also forecasted that Howl's Moving Castle would win the festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion, given to the festival's best movie, however this was not to be. The award was given Mike Leigh's Vera Drake (UK).

The Venice International Film Festival is the world's longest running film festival.

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