The number one stop for comedy scripts and comedy short films! L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is dedicated to getting you noticed. Getting you introduced to people who will hire you. Oh yeah, and we REALLY want you to have a good time!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In our first four years, we were voted one of the ''Top Ten Film Festivals in the U.S.'' by the Brooks Institute and twice voted "25 Festivals Worth the 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 to get you seen by the right people and make sure you have 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 include Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow's website 'FunnyOrDie.com', Cartoon Network, Atom.com and "Atom TV" on Comedy Central, 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) and a tight-knit and friendly community vibe all weekend long.
We hook our winners up with valuable industry meetings. Winning scripts and films have been requested or reviewed by HBO, CAA, ICM, UTA, Gersh Agency, Disney, Benderspink and many others.
Notification: Finalists notified March 4th, 2013; Winner notified March 20th, 2013
There will be three Finalists chosen in the Comedy Features category, three Finalists chosen in the Comedy Shorts category, and three finalists chosen in the Half-hour Comedy Pilots category. A Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the Finalists in each category.
The Comedy Feature Script Grand Prize winner will receive:
The Comedy Short Script Grand Prize winner will receive:
The Half-hour Comedy Pilot Script Grand Prize winner will receive:
The Spec Comedy TV Script Grand Prize winner will receive:
Check the Awards page on the L.A. Comedy Shorts website for additional prize information.
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Dani Lyman's Escaping Phoenix wins Best Comedy Feature Screenplay Award at L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.
Finalists have been announced for the 2011 L.A. Comedy Scripts Competition.
The L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition has announced their finalists from among 600 entries.
An interview with screenwriter Dani Lyman regarding the L.A. Comedy Scripts Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: Escaping Phoenix. 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.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: I entered because it was solely a comedy festival. I thought my script would be more appreciated as well as have strong competition in the genre.
I also entered the FADE IN contests and I'm currently a semi-finalist.
A: I loved this contest! They delivered on all their promises and have even been helpful answering my questions after the win!Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: It took about ten months to actually write the script, however I thought it through for a year before that. I'm awful with outlines. I made one, but that's isn't really what wound up on the page. I wound up writing a really tight first draft and making minor changes to it later.Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?
A: I wrote it on Final Draft and I also have Movie Magic Screenwriter.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I write for a few hours several days a week. When I'm not writing, I'm usually toying with the idea in my head.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I do get writers block and it sucks. I usually find inspiration by watching something in a similar genre or tone to what I'm trying to write. Also, having conversations with people who I find funny often helps me with dialogue when I'm struggling.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I've only written shorts before this. I have a writing partner, Jenna Scarborough, and we have written and produced several short films, a webseries and we are currently finishing our first spec script.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I do not. I would like to some day.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I've just begun writing a new comedy feature and I also just wrapped acting in my first feature film!