The event will be the world’s first major film festival to return amid the pandemic. It will run from September 2-12, 2020, with Cate Blanchett being the head of the jury.
Kojima will be one of the judges in the VR section of the Venice Film Festival. He will award the following prizes together with his fellow judges: Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work, Best VR Immersive User Experience, and Best VR Immersive Story.
According to the festival’s website, “Kojima is the author of video games known around the world for pushing the boundaries of creativity in this field.”
Hideo Kojima (小島 秀夫) is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, and writer.
In 2005, Kojima founded Kojima Productions, a software house controlled by Konami. In 2011, he was appointed vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment. In 2015, Kojima Productions split from Konami and became an indie game studio. Their first game was Death Stranding that was released in 2019.
Kojima is also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, where he runs columns about the similarities and differences between films and video games.
In November 2019, Kojima was awarded two Guinness World Records as the most-followed video game director on Twitter and Instagram.