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 Sundance Institute announced today 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 22 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on January 26.   Members of the Alfred P. Sloan Jury will be announced in January. U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY Liz Garbus Academy Award® nominated...

Sometimes it's okay to laugh at something short.

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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is celebrating its 3rd year of making audiences laugh til' they chafe their throats. (Lozenges provided on request).   LACSFF is touted as the largest comedy film festival in the US, introducing the freshest comedy talent to the industry. The four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them will be held from April 7 - 10 at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.).   "We've scoured the solar system for the funnie...

The future of Animation panel at The Hamptons International Film Festival

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  "The Future of Animation" panel took place Sunday, October 10, at UA Cinema 6 in East Hampton, at the Hamptons International Film Festival, panelists included Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson (director and producer of Toy Story 3), Thelma Adams (US Weekly, New York Film Critics Circle), Signe Baumane (Birth, Teat Beat of Sex), and Jim Cox (Over the Hedge, RingTales co-founder). New Yorker cartoon editor and Cartoon Bank founder Bob Mankoff will moderate.   "...

Speakers for the October 2010 Filmmaker Forum announced

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  FILM INDEPENDENT'S 6TH ANNUAL FILMMAKER FORUM OCTOBER 29-31, 2010 Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today the panelists for the sixth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held October 29-31 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles.  The opening night film, keynote speaker, and additional panelists will be announced shortly, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Sloan Produce...

Looking Good in Shorts – an Interview with LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival Director Jeannie Roshar.

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“Comedy saves lives.”If there was ever the need to exercise the chuckle muscles, The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is the shot in the arm that the movie industry needs. The festival is the largest comedy film festival in the USA. It is dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent to the audience and industry in a four-day, fun-packed weekend of screenings, parties, industry panels, and a star-studded red carpet awards event. Moviemaker even named it one of 2009’s best ...

LA comedy Shorts Winners announced

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Started by funny people, for funny people, The 2nd Annual L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, a four-day celebration of comedic short films, came to a hilarious conclusion Sunday evening at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles. “All we wanted to do is make it ok 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.” said Festival Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams. No s...

Paneling

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In all the panel discussions I’ve sat through in my life time, the panels at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival are the best bar none. In part because of the industry professionals that are assembled but even more so because the audience members are serious about being silly. Comics are an eclectic bunch but if generalizations are to be made, they’re a group of incredibly smart, talented, passionate people who take their art and craft to heart. One of the most nauseating aspects of...

KISS MY SHORTS

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We’re at war, the economy is in the toilet, many are out of work and/or sick with no health care, and speaking of which, arguments over health care reached an all time low with the way people have conducted themselves, oh and did I mention you still haven‘t won the lottery? With all the crap on the “news” the relentlessly chatty pundits shoving opinions in our faces, it’s a wonder we don’t all just take an elevator and jump out a high rise window. And do you want to know wh...

LA Comedy Shorts is back for the second edition with funnier line up...

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L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL  2ND EDITION APRIL 15-18, 2010 They're back!  Funnier!  Faster!  Filmier!   The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them.    Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a ...

LA Comedy Shorts are back and funnier

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They’re back! Funnier! Faster! Filmier! The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them. Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of uproarious screenings, unmatched parties, hilariously unrivaled informative industry pane...

A festival rap by the creators of the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival

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Check this out from the creators of the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival – you may never see them the same way again!They wrote and produced a very funny music video parody, featuring and directed by festival organizers and friends.Five pregnant hotties doing a little baby bump 'n grind.www.lacomedyshorts.comAnd first featured on the Funny or Die portal.Check it out and see them on stage for the festival next April 15th to 18th, 2010 Garry, Ryan, Jeannie...great stuff. Cheers Bruno Chatelin Chec...

The digital distribution of Short Films

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In our ever-evolving digital world, filmmakers push distribution farther by using the outlet that reaches the widest audience possible: the Internet. In October, it wasn't uncommon that Sundance Film Festival Shorts Programmer Jon Korn added an extra hour of screening time to his routine 12-hour block.  However, instead of picking up another title from the pile of literally thousands of unwatched films, he turned his focus to the online ether.  Labeling it 'the only type of multitasking I c...

Sponsor This!

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           After incredible panels, packing the theater three separate times for Shorts blocks, and a kick-ass party sponsored by Lucky Strike Lanes, Friday night at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival was the place to be.  It was criminal to have that much fun in one day, but with the economy being what it is, crime is on the rise, whataya gonna do?  Speaking of sponsors and a struggling economy, hats off to the impressive list of sponsors garnered by the little festiva...

LA Comedy Shorts : Sponsor This!

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After incredible panels, packing the theater three separate times for Shorts blocks, and a kick-ass party sponsored by Lucky Strike Lanes, Friday night at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival was the place to be. It was criminal to have that much fun in one day, but with the economy being what it is, crime is on the rise, whataya gonna do? Speaking of sponsors and a struggling economy, hats off to the impressive list of sponsors garnered by the little festival that is kicking ass and dropping nam...

Berry Great Night at LA Comedy Shorts!

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Having been to many an industry opening, last night’s soiree falls under the category as “One Of The Best.” The buzz on the festival circulated to a viral pitch making for outstanding attendance. The packed house included all walks of comedic life and regular folk too, not to mention the random guy selling umbrellas on a clear night. Again, this is the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. For the comedy starved looky-loos needing a fix, the fest did not disappoint. Aisha Tyler, several Gro...

Berry Great Night!

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Berry Great Night! Having been to many an industry opening, last night’s soiree falls under the category as “One Of The Best.”  The buzz on the festival circulated to a viral pitch making for outstanding attendance.  The packed house included all walks of comedic life and regular folk too, not to mention the random guy selling umbrellas on a clear night.  Again, this is the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.              For the comedy starved looky-loo...

What? No Prozac?

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles.  This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Ga...

Downtown LA: Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy!

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Gary Anthony Williams (Artistic Director, Boston...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival Programming/Schedule

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March 5 to 8  L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a 3 day long festival oeffering comedy, comedies, shorts...and party. Check the attached program and watch the dailies on fest21.com   THURSDAY, MARCH 5 5 - 7 p.m.                   Welcome Reception                                    Downtown Independent Theater   7 - 8 p.m.                   Celebrity Shorts ...

L.A. Comedy Shorts ready to open

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Sometimes when someone laughs at something short, that’s a good thing. Like L.A. Comedy Shorts– an honest to goodness film festival in the heart of Los Angeles hosting funny, short films.Started by funny people, for funny people, 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. The Festival will introduce the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of screenings...
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