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News Agencies Clash With Venice Over Restrictions On Red Carpet Photography

Major international news agencies including the Associated Press and Reuters are gearing up for the Venice Film Festival as they claim to restrict access to footage from the star-studded red carpet event and press conferences.

In recent years, agencies have been able to offer their clients an unlimited amount of shotgun footage, excluding live broadcasts. Arriving at the Lido this year without warning, the bands claim, the agency’s video team picked up their red carpet certifications on opening day, then received a signed form telling them there was a cap. 90 seconds.

The 90-second limit is said to be due to Italian media regulations that have always existed, but were only implemented this year.

Also new this year is that the festival will not allow the use of any institutional cameras during press conferences, a practice that began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, “but there is no reason for this to happen now,” Venice news agency senior TV channel Talk about side jobs.

The so-called 90-second law, the terms of which remain unclear, is being implemented after the Venice Biennale, the film festival’s parent organisation, struck a new deal with its media partner, Italian public broadcaster RAI. . RAI, in turn, struck a deal this year to sell footage from the opening and closing ceremonies in Venice, as well as content from the red carpet and press conference, to the French pay-TV operator. Canal+.

“They say RAI has exclusive opening and closing ceremonies and can go on the red carpet, that’s the state and we have to keep going,” the Venice veteran said.

“We’re all surprised by it all, we’re already here, so it’s hard trying to make changes. We went to the festival in groups of eight and they didn’t move at all. They kept quoting this Italian law,” the article said. The law says they can only run for a maximum of 90 seconds. This restriction applies to all TV media, not just agencies.

The irony of this situation is that the agents are invited into the media and have access to the red carpet which they film with a camera. But this year they are only allowed to use 90 seconds of recorded footage.

The gun’s only concession was that he said he would allow agency cameras in press conferences. But they can only use 90 second video footage.

“That kind of action nullifies the target,” said the veteran rifleman. The problem we have is that they limit the stories we can tell. The press conference is the only place we tell this story at the festival. Unless you have individual access. Well, this is where everyone should be able to have their own story. “

“I don’t know of any other festival where this happens. On any other festival it gathers [recorded] Festive streams will never be limited. And there’s never been a limit to what we can play anywhere and at any event…it’s very unusual, very strict. This seems to hamper our freedom as journalists. “

The Venice Film Festival said on Saturday it had no immediate comment but would investigate the matter further.

Deadline was first to report the agency’s frustration with vacation restrictions.

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