The festival that birthed "Bun in the Oven" returns for another round of hilarious shorts.
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Now in its sixth year, the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival—i.e. the largest comedy film festival in the country—has ranked high up on multiple "best of" lists. Dedicated to introducing new and up-and-coming comedic talent to its audience, the festival is a fun-packed, four-day weekend of screenings, parties, industry panels, beer pong tournaments, and star-studded red carpet awards. The festival—which birthed the hysterical "Bun in the Oven" in 2010—will surely yield yet another round of hilarious shorts.
The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the largest comedy film festival in the USA, 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.
Twice Voted one of Moviemaker Magazine’s “Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
Voted “Coolest Comedy Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine
Listed as one of the “Top Ten Film Festivals in the US” by the Brooks Institute
L.A. Comedy Shorts also hosts the Movie Magic Screenwriter Screenplay Competition, where screenwriters from around the world compete for cash, prizes, industry exposure, and VIP passes to the festival.
Now in its sixth year, LA Comedy Shorts has been named one of the Top Ten Festivals in the US by the Brooks Institute, “Coolest Comedy Festival” and twice voted one of “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Moviemaker Magazine. Why? Because LACS is a one-of-a-kind experience for comedy short films and comedy scripts. It’s our top priority for filmmakers to get seen by the right people and make sure everyone has an awesome experience.
Co-founded by Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal, Malcolm in the Middle), L.A. Comedy Shorts attracts heavyweights from the world of comedy. Major sponsors have included Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow’s website Funny or Die, Cartoon Network, Atom.com and Atom TV on Comedy Central, Break.com and Freemantle’s Atomic Wedgie.
Celebrity participants have included Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla, Patrick Warburton, Mark Hamill, Dax Shepard, Bryan Cranston, Julie Bowen, Wayne Brady, Bobcat Goldthwait, Missi Pyle, Bob Odenkirk, Aisha Tyler, Dave Koechner and many more.
Enough with the name dropping. There are also four nights of great parties (like beer pong tournaments, celebrity karaoke, grown-a$$ kid’s party, etc) and a tight-knit and friendly community vibe all weekend long.
We hook our winners up with valuable industry meetings and all filmmakers receive real industry exposure. Last year, one development exec attended EVERY block of films. Numerous filmmakers and writers have been hooked up with deals directly as a result of the festival. Winning scripts and films have been requested or reviewed by HBO, CAA, ICM, UTA, Roar, Gersh Agency, Disney, Benderspink and many others.
But don’t just take our word for it…
“It is officially our favorite festival EVER!”
- Atomic Wedgie/Fremantle
“L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is hilarious, worth the time…”
- Huffington Post
“X-treme Weekend has been in six festivals and L.A. Comedy Shorts by far was the best one I have ever attended. There is no comparison.”
- Thom Babbes, filmmaker
“Just wanted to let you know that as a result of our winning the Audience Award for the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, we’ve had great meetings with Benderspink and Atom.com, and we actually won the Atom.com Showdown (a $500 prize and a feature on Comedy Central’s Atom TV show!). We made some terrific connections with people who have either seen the film at your festival, or with fellow filmmakers, and we look forward to next year’s event!”
- Deb Hiett, filmmaker
The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition operates as a for-profit organization (LA Comedy LLC).