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 Helen Castles 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: My script is called "Brother of the Bride" and it's about out-of-work actor John Atwood who finds himself owing his ruthless loan shark, Vince Fuller, forty-seven thousand dollars which he has no way of paying back. To wipe the debt and continue breathing, Vince makes John attend his long-lost sister Mia's wedding, using his acting skills to convince her that he is the estranged brother she hasn't seen since she was four years old. John must also convince her, her new in-laws and the entire wedding that Vince Fuller is a brilliant and noble neurosurgeon. Things all go to plan until Mia's sleazy fiance recognizes John from an adult movie role and John finds himself falling for his "sister", with her still thinking they are long-lost siblings.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: When I read about the LA Comedy Scripts competition, "Brother of the Bride" just seemed to fit so perfectly. Plus the prizes were fantastic. Who could pass up the chance to meet with Mosaic Media who rep Will Ferrell? The LA Comedy Scripts was the first and only competition I've entered with this script, but since it made the final, I will definitely be entering it elsewhere.Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: The admin was fantastic. They emailed me on the day the semi-finalists were scheduled to be announced to let me know I'd made it. Also when I reached the finals, they emailed right away to congratulate me. I received my prize money about two weeks after the winner was announced. I was surprised as they said it could take up to six weeks to receive the check. Overall, a very professionally run comp.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: The script took about three months to complete. I always do an outline - bios on my characters, their motivations etc - and I plan the whole story, beginning to end before I actually begin to write. Definitely no working the plot out as I go along! I think I did about 35 drafts which is the usual for me. I love re-writing - it's my favourite part of writing a script. I feel each re-write adds something more to the script. It's hard for me to stop and say, "okay - that's it, finished!" I used to chalk it up to a mild case of OCD but apparently Orson Welles felt the same way about his movies, so that makes me feel a lot better.Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?
A: Final Draft of course! Is there any other? Seriously though when I first started out I used good old (free!) Celtx but when I got a manager she talked me into purchasing Final Draft as it allowed her to make revisions on my scripts. I haven't looked back since purchasing it.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: You know, I don't. I have a day job (arghhh!) so sometimes I just can't. And I never write when I'm tired - I find it totally unproductive. When I'm working on a script, I could work on it for two days straight and then leave it for six days or whatever. I find it really helps to leave it for a little while and then go back to it with a fresh perspective. Doing things this way, I probably church out about 3-4 scripts a year and I'm happy with that. Quality not quantity is my motto.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I don't think I've ever gotten writer's block. For me it can be the exact opposite. For example, I'll wake up at 3 a.m. with this great line and have to write it down or I'll be at the supermarket and get a fantastic idea for a particular scene. Sometimes I think these random, urgent pearls of wisdom can be just as annoying as writer's block!Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I don't do TV. Love watching it but don't have any aspirations to write it. I was a regular contributor to a popular women's magazine here in Australia, writing their fictional short stories section. I have had three short scripts produced here in Australia and another one of my scripts, "A Wake in Denver" placed in the top 6% of the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship. It was also optioned for 18 months to a producer in L.A. but things didn't work out.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: As mentioned before, I'm an Aussie and don't live in the States. If my career took off I would love to divide my time between Australia and L.A. (and Hawaii!)That's the dream.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I am working on a family comedy at the moment which I'm really excited about. I think the plot is quite unique and the characters are so great and will be really memorable. I'm still in the outline stage and can't wait to start writing!