20th Milano Film Festival opens 10 September

10-20 Sept. Hot on the heels of the Venice film festival comes Milan's own version, now in its 20th year. This year’s programme, starting Thursday 10 September, is centred around the feature film competition, open only to first and second films by directors from all over the world.

The festival also includes the traditional short film competition (54 in all) as well as hors concours focuses and sections, and “State (T)error”, a section about the complex reality of power systems around the world.

Screenings are rounded off by previews, guest appearances, workshops, parties and other events. There are also special sections for new talent in video and digital film and a day dedicated to Austrian contemporary cinema at Expo Milan 2015.

The festival will take place in nine public spaces throughout the city, including Teatro Strehler with its esplanade, the Teatro Studio Melato and Parco Sempione. Some meetings are also planned at the American School of Milan.

Single tickets cost €6 (with minor variations for some screenings). But the dedicated movie fan will probably opt for the €45 subscription for the whole festival, reduced to €35 for many concessions including under-20s and over-65s. This will also secure discounts on many cultural events around the city.

The full programme is available on the festival website.

Italy's crowded film festival season starts with Venice in the first week of September, followed by Milan (10-20 Sept), then Rome (16-24 Oct) and finally to Turin (20-28 Nov).