Where Along the main, sea-facing Lido esplanade, between the Hotel des Bains and the Excelsior (www.fourseasons.com).
When 11 days, starting late Aug/early Sept.
Information Palazzo del Cinema, lungomare Marconi 90, Lido (041 521 8711/www.labiennale.org).

The 11-day Venice Film Festival takes place along the main, sea-facing Lido esplanade, between the Hotel des Bains and the Excelsior (www.fourseasons.com). Between these two grand hotels is the marble-and-glass Palazzo del Cinema, where official competition screenings take place in the Sala Grande. Other festival screens can be found in the gargantuan PalaLido, inside the Casinò and at the Palabiennale marquee. In 2008, big names such as Jonathan Demme, with Rachel’s Getting Married, and Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler contended for the Golden Lion award.

Press accreditation guarantees virtually unlimited access to the festival; the press pass costs €50 and permits priority entry to a number of special screenings, mostly in the morning and early evening. Arrange this at least two months in advance by contacting the Biennale press office (041 521 8857,www.labiennale.org).

‘Cultural’ accreditation is another option; it allows access to a more restricted range of screenings. This should be arranged before the end of June. A special deal for people under 26/over 60 offers a six-day (€100) or 11-day (€130) festival pass. Individual tickets are available on the day before screenings from the ticket office at piazzale Casinò (lungomare Marconi, Lido, open 8am-midnight daily); Palabiennale (via Sandro Gallo, open 8am-midnight); and at the offices of La Biennale (Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco 1365A, calle del Ridotto, open 8am-1.30pm, 3.30-6pm). Same-day tickets are occasionally available. Note that we have given approximate prices; no information on possible increases was available as this guide went to press.