THE ABBOT AWARDS
are given to filmmakers who exemplify maverick film making, by creating stunning and poignant cinema. These films, often hilarious or tragically absurd, are made without the benefits of large budgets and technological wizardry. These filmmakers share the spirit and artistic energy of Venice founding father Abbot Kinney. In honoring these filmmakers who adhere to their singular vision, we honor our Venetian benefactor, Abbot Kinney.
All films that screen at the festival, with the exception of Spotlight Screenings, are in competition for an Abbot. Short films as well as features qualify for Audience Choice and Most Excellent Abbot Awards. The Local Maverick Spotlight Abbot Award is given to a local established filmmaker who creates unforgettable celluloid and kick ass flicks.
Come dig the new breed and celebrate with us this year Abbot Winners at our Festival closing night ceremony. The Abbot Awards are free to the public with live music and raw emotion. Submit your film today and perhaps you can take home a stunning acrylic Abbot Award.Also, for the first time, in 2005 Abbot Awards were presented to members of the greater Venice community for Excellence in Arts & Community Service.
Congratulation to the Abbot Award Winners 2014!
Most Excellence Feature Film Paradise Club
Best Lead Actor Feature Film Eric Roberts
Best Lead Actress Elizabeth Rice
Most Excellence Short Film The SunDevil and The Princess
Best Short Film Actor Life Gamble Peter Janov
Best Short Film Actress Life Line Kathleen Gati
Best Music Video Hey Baby Rocket
Best Music ScoreFire Ripples
Most Excellence Documentary: Doc-Patient & The Law Director : Christopher Hulliger
Best Experimental Film She Haunts This Beach Director Lisa Jay
Congratulation to the Abbot Award Winners 2015!
Best Feature Film Documentary A Man Called God Director Christopher St John
Best Youth Film "OperHator" Director Tara Nicole Azarian
Best Music Video "Something About You Ain't Right"Director Alisa Daglio
Most Excellence Film Short "A Time To Kill" Director Justin Rettke
Most Excellence Feature Film "Nothing In Los Angeles"Director Alexander Tovar
Best Experimental Film "Brit.I.Am"Director Andi Osho
2016 Abbot Award Winners Congratulations!
Best Short Film Diamond Director Ty Granderson Jones
Best Experimental Short Film The Grief Party Director Amelia Mulkey Anderson
Best International Short Film Launda Naach Director Shafaq Khan Payal Bharadwaj Rai
Most Excellent Feature Film When The Starlight Ends Director Adam Sigal
Best Feature Film When The Starlight Ends Actress Arabella Oz
Best Feature Film The Head Thieves Movie Actor Mickey Gooch
Best Music Video Dolce Ardor - Music Video Director Andrea Saenz