By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 15, 2011 at 4:12AM
The four-day 3rd annual L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival wrapped up last week with an awards show hosted by Carlos Alazraqui. Over $30,000 in prizes was allotted to the lucky winners. For the full list of winners, view the press release below.
Below is the full press release:
Our Stomachs are Sore and Our Cheeks are Numb
THE 3rd ANNUAL L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE!!!
WINNERS RECEIVE $30,000+ IN PRIZES
WENDI McLENDON-COVEY RECEIVES COMMIE AWARD
LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2011) – Concluding once and for all that great things come in small packages, The 3rd Annual L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, a four-day celebration of comedic short films, came to a uproarious conclusion Sunday evening at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles.
Commented Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams, “All we wanted to do is make it okay for America to laugh their butts off at things that are short and funny. We did it. Now this country is safe again. You can thank us later. No, wait…thank us now.”
The third time was the charm for LACSFF which packed the Downtown Independent Theatre to the brim throughout its four day run. “This was the best year yet,” remarked Jeannie Roshar, Festival director. “We’ve had such a great time and that same sentiment was echoed back to us by filmmakers and audience members alike, so I decided to invite everyone back to Gary’s house to do it all over again next weekend.”
Added Gary, “I’m now moving to an undisclosed location.”
Hosted by famed funny man Carlos Alazraqui, the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival celebrated the hilariously talented Wendi McLendon-Covey, who received the 3nd Annual COMMIE AWARD in recognition of her comedic genius. Also joining in the festivities as presenters were Aisha Tyler (Archer), Judy Tenuta (comedian), Laraine Newman (SNL), Lynne Stewart (Pee Wee’s Playhouse), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Rex Lee (Entourage), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and David Higgins (Malcolm in the Middle).
Awards were handed out to the winning filmmakers and screenwriters who competed for over $30,000 in cash and prizes in the following categories: The Funny or Die Best-of-Fest Grand Prize, Atom.com Best Comedy Short Film (30 minutes or less), Atomic Wedgie Best Comedy ‘Shortie’ Short (5 minutes or less) and Atom.com Best Animated Comedy Short (30 minutes or less), as well as the Elevate Best Student Short and the State Tax Credit Exchange Audience Choice Award.
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is one of the few festivals that provide viable opportunities as a direct result from being in the festival. Several of the films have aired on Comedy Central; several filmmakers now have feature projects actively in development; and many filmmakers have signed deals and received representation. One of last year’s winners even went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film. In addition, several agencies have already expressed interest in this year’s winning screenplays.
Winners will receive cash prizes and industry meetings, with the Grand Prize winner also receiving $2500 in cash, a post-production and music package valued at $15,000.
The winning films of the 2011 Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival are:
Funny or Die Best of Fest Grand Prize Short:
Bear Force One, directed by Andy Mogren
Two eager, naive guys pitch their idea for the movie 'Bear Force One' to a Hollywood executive. While leaving Alaskan bear country, bears take over the President's airplane, and now it's up to the Commander in Chief, a secret service guard, and a flight attendant to regain control at 30,000 feet in this satire of airplane/hijacking films.
Atom.com Best Comedy Short (30 minutes or less):
The Interview, directed by Michelle Steffes
The last man on earth tries to get a job from the second-to-last man on earth.
Atom.com Best Comedy Animated Short:
Dates on Tape, directed by Chris Lagarce
Kevin Spacey, a man of many talents, is single and ready to mingle. Watch as he tells you a little about his best...attributes.
Atomic Wedgie Best Comedy Shortie-Short (5 minutes or less):
With or Without U2, directed by Isabel Fay and Lee York
One man's obsession with the face that haunts him. He sees her (quite literally) everywhere, but how will he react when he finally sees the real her?
Elevate Best Comedy Student Film:
Karl Mulberry, directed by Lorne Hiltser
Set against a world of roller blades, water balloons, and accordions, KARL MULBERRY is a comedy about a conflicted sixteen year old boy who needs a father, but doesn't want to lose his mother.
State Tax Credit Exchange Audience Choice Award:
dik, directed by Christopher Stollery
A concerned father of a six year old takes it the wrong way.
The results of the Comedy Scripts Competition, sponsored by Movie Magic Screenwriter are:
The Movie Magic Screenwriter Best Comedy Feature Award:
Escaping Phoenix, by Dani Lyman
When Phoenix discovers her boyfriend's famous ex is back in town, she "accidentally" kidnaps the sexy starlet, setting in motion an outlandish media frenzy, a competitive feud between the local law and the FBI, and the arrest of her bewildered boyfriend.
The L.A. Comedy Scripts Best Comedy Short:
The Curse of Don Scarducci, by Chris Fondulas
Life is good for Don, a rough and tumble mobster, until the day he discovers that he is allergic to gluten and can no longer enjoy the staples of his everyday mobster diet. As his food habits change, so do his demeanor and life goals, but it all goes south when the mob family discovers his new life.
The L.A. Comedy Scripts Best Half-Hour Comedy TV Pilot:
High Noonish, by Bob Yates
Sitcom pilot. Cowboys with cellphones.