Firth's happy memories of Venice
Colin Firth has attended several film festivals around the world, but he has especially fond memories of Venice.
The star's new film A Single Man has garnered acclaim and award nods since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last September.
Colin said: "Venice was, in some ways, the best moment because there were no expectations, no buzz and no talk - no one had written anything about the film yet, and no one had seen it."
He added: "We showed it for the first time and we got lots of awards - I remember thinking, 'It can't feel better than this because there's nothing riding on it, there's nothing pinned on it'.
"It hadn't even sold to anybody! My wife [Livia] is Italian so Venice was a great moment in lots of ways."
The star, who has been Oscar nominated for his portrayal of gay professor George Falconer in fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut, isn't fazed by all the attention.
"That was fantastic, so everything else is just gravy," he said.
"The film has word of mouth and awards and festivals are part of that - that kind of buzz gets people to see the film."
:: A Single Man will be released on February 12.