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Other Venice Film Festival To Honor Locals:

The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF), a community event dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy, and diversity of Venice, is now accepting film submissions of all lengths for its third edition, March 17-20. 2006. It will feature an additional night of screenings and a new segment featuring films for and by kids, along with the popular music video competition and experimental section.

The 2006 season of the OVFF will officially kick off on the main stage of the Abbot Kinney Street Festival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 when, in association with the Venice Community Trust, it will present the 2005 Abbot Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Community to members of greater Venice who have demonstrated excellence to local art and culture.

In this, the year of the Venice Centennial celebration, Abbot Award recipients will be actor Orson Bean for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Arts, the late Gregory Hines for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts, Ed Ruscha for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts, and Carol Tantau, for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service.

At the 2005 OVFF in March, the Local Maverick Spotlight Award was presented to filmmaker and original Dogtown Z-boy, Stacy Peralta.The OVFF will also have a booth, in front of the Ananda Boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard at California during the Abbot Kinney Street Festival, where filmmakers and fans alike can pick up submission forms, meet the festival founders, and view clips of Abbot Award-winning films from previous seasons.

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