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7 reasons why Venice is the world's most glamorous film festival

Updated 28th August 2018
7 reasons why Venice is the world's most glamorous film festival
Written by Harriet Verney, CNN
This story was originally published in September 2017.
Founded in 1932 as part of the Venice Biennale, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and, in many respects, the most traditionally glamorous.
Perhaps it has to do with the canals. Stars navigating the city by boat have turned its canals into floating red carpets -- perfect for a photo-op, as decades of celebrities and photographers have found out.
Or maybe it's the artistic flare the festival encourages: Andy Warhol, Steve McQueen and Ai Weiwei are just a few of the artists-turned-film-makers who have premiered films at the Italian festival.
Watch the video above for a closer look at what sets Venice apart from the other festivals on the circuit, from the abundance of couture to the city's most famed buildings.