Fantastic films on the coolest street in America. Where the art of film merges with a boulevard famous for fashion, technology, and culture.

Venice, California was founded by Abbot Kinney and modeled after Venice, Italy. It was designated as a place for artists to come and create. This still stands true today, and we're here to offer a canvas for artists to light up the night on creatively placed silver screens projected under the stars, drive in style, and on the side of buildings.

Let's face it, a lot of film festivals are often times boring - set in the confounds of a box. It's time to think out of the box. It's time to think like Abbot Kinney.

There are no rules other than:

It must be fantastic.

It must be cool.

Overall Rating
  • Danene Montella

    Though it was known on the front end that this would be a "low-key" event, we had no idea that the fest would be held on steps next to a sidewalk and that our films would be screened on a sheet tied to a van. There was no real seating for our guests (outside of steps next to the sidewalk) and there was no private space, as some of the pictures from previous years depicted. There was also no step + repeat for the filmmakers. Our team was so disappointed that we left.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    That sheet was a movie screen. We’ve had the Abbot Kinney Fantastic Film Festival on the street, Abbot Kinney Blvd, next to a sidewalk, every year except for the year of Covid. There was seating for about 50 people. You paid $5 for your submission. Would you like your $5 back?

  • Jamon Holmes

    Thanks, for selecting and screening "Mando Mercs 5-0 Clan Celebration," thanks again. Cool little festival.


    September 2022
  • Thank you Abbot Kinney Fantastic Film Festival for screening my film.

    August 2022
  • Matthew B.W. Sheehan

    They went above and beyond to make something happen at a difficult time.

    May 2022
  • Labkhand Olfatmanesh

    Thanks to those who made Film Festival possible in very unique setting!
    Sound and picture quality was great too!

    June 2021