By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 3, 2009 at 6:14AM
The inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is set to honor Bobcat Goldthwait with the first-ever "Commie Award" at the Closing Night Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Cinespace in Hollywood.
"Just when you think you've got Bobcat pegged, he pops up from a totally different direction, completely unexpected, and with another brilliantly funny facet to crack you up," commented Gary Anthony Williams, Artistic Director of LACSFF, in a statement. "Writing. Acting. Directing. Stand-up. Bobcat doesn't stop. And that makes us happy. LA Comedy Shorts is proud to honor Bobcat Goldthwait with the 2009 Commie Award!"
The Commie Award will be presented to Bobcat Goldthwait by his friend Tom Kenny at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony for the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, hosted by Adam Carolla. That night, the festival will also recognize the winning filmmakers and screenwriters who will have competed for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in the following categories: The Funny or Die Best-of-Fest Grand Prize, Atam.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 Atomic Wedgie Audience Choice Award.
The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is "a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films," held March 5-8, 2009 in downtown Los Angeles.
"It's crazy that comedies get treated like the red-headed stepchild of the cinema world," said Williams in a statement. "If you can make a movie that's original and entertaining, with a surprising plot and great characters and make it hilarious, too...well, that deserves an award!"
The festival will take place at the newly-renovated Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street, in downtown Los Angeles. It will run in conjunction with the L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition, sponsored by The Write Brothers. Over 1100 films and scripts were submitted.
For more information, visit the festival's website.