Venice Film Festival 2021: All the Celebrities in Italy Ahead of This Year's Event

The Venice Film Festival returns this week for its 78th year.

Bong Joon-Ho, director of Parasite, has been appointed as the President of the Jury.

It's the first time a South Korean has been named as the festival's top juror.

After last year's festival was scaled back due to COVID-19, many celebrities have already flocked to Venice.

The festivities were kicked off with a three-day event ahead of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, show with many of those in attendance believed to be attending the film festival too.

Kourtney Kardashian and her boyfriend, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, have been packing in the public displays of affection during their Italian getaway, attending this week's fashion show alongside Kardashian-Jenner matriarch Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble.

The couple were also photographed attending the film festival on August 31.

There were plenty of musicians in the floating city too, with Ciara, Doja Cat, and Normani pictured attending the fashion show.

Jennifer Hudson, star of new Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, took to the catwalk to deliver her own rendition of the opera classic "Nessun Dorma."

Stars like Luis Fonsi, Bebe Rexha, and Saweetie were also spotted in the audience.

Jennifer Lopez was a sartorial highlight, arriving at Sunday's fashion show wearing head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana, complete with cape and crown.

Jennifer Lopez at Dolce  Gabbana show
Heid Klum and daughter Leni in Venice

Catwalk veteran Heidi Klum was also there, not just to observe but also to support her daughter Leni Klum, who was making her runway debut for the Italian luxury fashion house.

Screen icon Helen Mirren stunned in an elaborate gown featuring an embellished gold corset, sheer sleeves and a skirt printed with Renaissance paintings.

Mirren was later seen dancing with "WAP" rapper Megan Thee Stallion at an after-party.

Helen Mirren with Megan Thee Stallion in Venice pic.twitter.com/p6FNCUUzsC

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Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer was also in attendance, having previously walked the red carpet at the film festival in 2019.

Princess Diana biopic Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, is the hottest ticket at the festival. It follows the late Princess of Wales during the Christmas holiday when she decided to end her marriage and has already been tipped for Oscar recognition.

Actors January Jones, Zoe Saldana, and Sydney Sweeney have all also been photographed in the city ahead of the festival having attended the fashion show.

Vin Diesel, Kate Bosworth and former first lady of France Carla Bruni have been spotted.

Adriana Lima and Kirsten Dunst wore masks as they were photographed arriving at the film festival earlier today.