Venice Film Fest 2022: Awards in All Categories

Venice Fest 2022: Awards in All Categories

Julianne Moore and the jury are choosing the winners of the 79th Venice Film Festival.


Saint Omer: Lion of the Future for Best Debut Film

Saint Omer, the narrative feature debut of French documentarian Alice Diop, took the first big honor of the night, the Lion of the Future prize for best debut film. In the legal drama, Diop chronicles the trial of a Franco-Senegalese mother who committed infanticide.

The award for best short film went to Snow in September from Mongolian director Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir.

The Venice Immersive line-up, which recognizes excellence in VR filmmaking, with the top, best experience award going to The Man Who Couldn’t Leave from Singing Chen. The immersive Grand Jury Prize went to From the Main Square from Brazilian director Pedro Harres, with a special jury prize for Eggscape by German Heller.

The prize for best-restored film went to 1967 Japanese crime classic Branded to Kill from Seijun Suzuki.

Fragments of Paradise from director KD Davidson, won the Venice honor for best documentary on cinema. The film follows the life of Jonas Mekas, internationally known as the “godfather” of avant-garde cinema, from his arrival in New York City as a displaced person in 1949 to his death in 2019.

The Armani Beauty Audience Award, voted on by the Venice film-going public, went to the Syrian war drama Nezouh from Soudade Kaadan.