The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival – a four-day celebration of “comedic short films and the people who make them” – has announced its 2010 program. Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater, the festival features 74 short films in competition, including international entries from Norway, the UK, Australia, and Canada,
“They say laughter is the best medicine,” comments Festival Director Jeannie Roshar in a statement. “So with all the uncertainty of our nation’s healthcare, we are literally saving lives here.” Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams deadpanned in another statement: “Jeannie is no doctor. She’s not capable of making such a quote. I, however, am a surgeon. What Jeannie just said is true. Now, who wants free X-rays?!”
This year’s line-up is programmed into screening blocks with such subject titles as: “I’d Rather Be Pissed Off than Pissed On,” “Mmmm…Tasty!,” “Screw You,” “You Got Schooled,” “In Days of Old,” “You’re Killing Me, Larry,” “Age Before Bootie,” “Men Behaving Badly,” You Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?,” and “Take This Job and Shove It.” For a complete list of titles in each block, click here.
Filmmakers and screenwriters will compete 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), Best Comedy ‘Shortie’ Short (5 minutes or less) and Atom.com Best Animated Comedy Short (30 minutes or less), as well as the Audience Choice Award.
Outside of competition, website Funny or Die will present World Premieres and exclusive vintage shorts, including their first-ever short film, “Big Dog,” starring comedian Charlie Sanders and Bob Odenkirk, as well as “Crisis Counselors” with SNL’s Michaela Watkins, directed by Brad Schultz.
The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival will also run in conjunction with The L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition, presented by Movie Magic Screenwriter and sponsored by The Write Brothers.