Venice Film Fest 2015: Lion of the Future Jury

The 2015 Venice Film Fest has announced the jury members who will decide the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film–Lion of the Future, headed by Italian director Saverio Costanzo (“Hungry Hearts”)

They are:

Hong Kong producer Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival since 2010; French film critic and historian Natacha Laurent, director of the Cinematheque de Toulouse for ten years, until June 2015; American director Charles Burnett, hailed by the fest as “one of the most important independent American filmmakers,” known for cult picture “To Sleep with Anger;”

Mexican journalist Daniela Michel, founder and director since 2003 of the Morelia Film Festival, the top launching pad for young Mexican filmmakers.

The Lion of the Future Jury will award a nod to the best debut feature across all competitive sections at the fest.

The prize is worth $100,000 dollars in cash, to be divided equally between the director and the producer.

The 72nd edition of Venice will run September 2-12.

The full lineup will be announced on July 29.