The 80th annual Venice Film Festival has kicked off in Italy.
The celebrations began on a comedic note on Wednesday, August 30, when a pigeon flew to the crime scene and walked the red carpet. Photographers flocked to the bird and snapped photos when the animal seemed poised for a close-up.
This year’s event may look a little different from previous ceremonies as it comes amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) labor strike. Under the terms of the strike, union members are prohibited from filming or promoting their past, present and future work. The attendance of celebrities at the Venice International Film Festival could have been considered a “breaking of the rules” without the exception of a provisional dispensation.
However, SAG-AFTRA confirmed earlier this month that it will allow stars to attend the festival to promote independently produced film and television projects, provided they are not produced by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Both SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have stalled in contract negotiations with the AMPTP over streaming residuals, fair wages, and artificial intelligence.