The Abbot Awards® are given to filmmakers who exemplify maverick filmmaking, 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’s 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’s Abbot® Winners at our Festival’s 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.
Opening Night 2013
The Other Venice Film Festival
Many volunteers have dedicated their time over the years to help make the Other Venice Film Festival a success. Without volunteers we would not be able to put on this festival. From taking tickets to coordinating the parking lot, to manning the bar, willing volunteers bring their passion and flexibility to help create Venice Beach’s unique renegade platform for independent film.
If you are interested in helping out at this year’s festival please contact us.