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18-Apr-2014 6:31am PDT  

 

LA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL and SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

14 Annual November 14, 2013 to November 24, 2013

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1347 N. Stanley Ave., Ste. 3
Los Angeles CA 90046
USA
Phone: (323) 463-2942
info@lacomedyfest.com
http://www.LAComedyFest.com

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SHORTS
Under 10 minutes.
EXTENDED SHORTS
10 to 30 minutes.
FEATURE
Up to 120 minutes.
SKETCH COMEDY
1 to 10 minutes.
TV PILOT
1 to 22 minutes.
WEB SERIES
Up to 10 minutes per episode and may submit up to 3 episodes for a total running time of 15 minutes.
ANIMATION
Up to 30 minutes.
MUSIC VIDEO
Up to 30 minutes
FEATURE SCREENPLAY
30-130 pages.
SHORT SCREENPLAY
No longer than 32 pages.
TV PILOT SCRIPT
Up to 32 pages.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
LA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL provides a showcase for the best SHORTS, FEATURES, TV PILOTS, WEB SERIES, FILMED SKETCH COMEDY and ANIMATION. Additionally, our SCREENPLAY COMPETITION awards the best FEATURE, SHORTS and TV PILOTS. Our dual emphasis is on “discovering” great comedic talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the LA public, as well as, showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and well-known stars.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The LA COMEDY FESTIVAL is the largest FILM and LIVE COMEDY festival in the U.S.. The past THIRTEEN festivals have been great fun, featuring over 2000 performers and 900 films from LA, across the country and around the world, performer and filmmaker networking, sold out shows, amazing films, great press and killer comedy!

28 AWARDS were handed out at the last festival, honoring the BEST in SHORT and FEATURE FILMS, SCREENPLAYS and LIVE COMEDY.

Past participants have gone on to win the OSCAR, LAST COMIC STANDING, have their Web Series developed for Network TV, Feature Film Theatrical Distribution and join the cast of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! Many already well-known performers have had films screened at the festival as well. Among them LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS, MICHAEL RICHARDS, HENRY WINKLER, CINDY WILLIAMS, BUSY PHILLIPS, JOE MANTEGNA, JONATHAN SILVERMAN, JAMES VAN DER BEEK, CHERI OTERI, JON HEDER, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, TIM DALY, CHRISTINA RICCI, ERIC ROBERTS, JASON ALEXANDER, ELIJAH WOOD, CHRISTOPHER TITUS, CHRIS KATTAN, MANDY MOORE, EMMANUELLE CHIRQUI, AMY MADIGAN, BRUCE DAVISON, KATE BOSWORTH, ANTHONY LAPAGLIA, STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, DAWN WELLS, LEE MERIWETHER, ZOE SALDANA, DONALD FAISON, BARRY BOSTWICK, PATRICK WARBURTON, GARY COLE, FRED WILLARD, CHRIS COLFER, T.J. MILLER, FRANK CALIENDO, SETH MEYERS, HOLLAND TAYLOR, MISSI PYLE, ANN-MARGARET, KURTWOOD SMITH, SCOTT THOMPSON and many, many more.


LACF has brought out the industry in force, with attendance by ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, FOX TV, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, COMEDY CENTRAL, COMEDY CENTRAL FILMS, E! ENTERTAINMENT, MTV, WARNER BROTHERS, WORLDWIDE PANTS, SONY, OXYGEN, SPIKE TV, BRILLSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS, CAA, UTA, ICM, PARADIGM and many production companies, agents, managers, casting directors and more.

The FESTIVAL has embraced COMEDY FILMMAKERS featuring SHORTS, EXTENDED SHORTS, FEATURES, TV PILOTS, WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEO, ANIMATION and FILMED SKETCH COMEDY. Additionally, the COMEDY SCREENPLAY COMPETITION features prominently in this rapidly growing festival.

The Festival will run from NOVEMBER 7-17, 2013. This is a biannual event running in APRIL/MAY and NOVEMBER.

www.LAComedyFest.com


ORGANIZERS
Joe Salazar (Screenplay Competition Director) ; Lawrin Goulston Salazar (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES
LA COMEDY FESTIVAL - LOS ANGELES, CA -NOVEMBER 7-17, 2013 - Submissions Rules

LA COMEDY FESTIVAL accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from LA COMEDY FESTIVAL.

1. Film Entries must be postmarked by SEPTEMBER 6, 2013. Screenplays must be postmarked by SEPTEMBER 20, 2013.
2. All Films and Screenplays must be in the genre of COMEDY.
3. Film Entrants must submit TWO (2) DVD (NTSC, Region 0 or 1) viewing copies for consideration or a withoutabox ONLINE SCREENER. Features may not submit an online screener.
4. Screenplay Competition Applicants must submit ONE (1) copy of their screenplay or PDF file.
5. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants.
6. All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.
7. Please write Title, WAB Tracking ID, Running time, Contact Email on DVDs.
8. All films selected for screening at the festival grant LA COMEDY FESTIVAL the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
9. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
10. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.
11. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
12. Submissions will not be returned.
13. All fees are nonrefundable.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to LA COMEDY FESTIVAL will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Terms and Conditions for FILM SUBMISSIONS (Scroll down for SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Terms and Conditions) I/We wish to have our film/animation/TV pilot/web series/music video/filmed sketch comedy entry(ies) hereby known as “ENTRY” included in the 14th LA Comedy Festival 2013 (Fall) hereby known as “LACF”. I/We grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and sponsors the right to show for promotional purposes on television, on the LACF website (www.lacomedyfest.com, www.lacomedyfestival.com), on sponsors websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. any material including the ENTRY and/or stills submitted by me/us with this application. No more than two minutes or up to the length of the trailer submitted by the filmmakers may be used. I/we understand that no materials included with this application will be returned. If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately. I grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and its sponsors the full and free right and permission to use my ENTRY for broadcast, duplication, and advertising in association with LACF, for the purpose of viewing on television, in theatres, on the internet, on the LACF website, on sponsors’ websites, podcasting and/or for archival purposes and for any other valid, lawful purpose in any and all media now known or hereafter developed or devised, worldwide and in perpetuity. I may opt-out from any future use after NOVEMBER 17, 2013 by providing a written notice within thirty days after the final date of the festival, that my ENTRY may no longer be used. A copy of ENTRY may still be kept for archival purposes. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished videotape, sound track, photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual use that it may be applied. I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies employees and sponsors, and Let Live Theatre, its officers, agencies and employees, from and against any liability as a result of any use, distortion, blurring or alteration that may occur or be introduced in any use or broadcast of the material. I grant LACF permission to give a copy of the ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors, press and others that can aid in securing of future work and/or distribution for my ENTRY. I waive any and all rights to compensation for any broadcast, duplication, and advertising of any ENTRY presented at the festival. All ownership of all ENTRY remains with the personnel who contributed to the ENTRY. I own all material submitted with application and that will be viewed at LACF. I understand that LACF, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors. I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me/us will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative. This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto. In exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY shown at LACF and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this production. This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief. I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. If I am signing on behalf of an organization, I certify that I have authority to do so and that my signature binds the organization and its performers to all elements of this contract. I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof. I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone (including but not limited to performers, writers, directors, technical crew, distributors) who contributed to all ENTRY(IES) and all materials submitted with this application to the 14th LA COMEDY Festival 2013 (Fall). We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion. TERMS and CONDITIONS (Screenplay Competition) 1. I/We wish to have our screenplay hereby known as "ENTRY" included in the 14th LA Comedy Festival: Screenplay Competition 2013 (Fall) hereby known as “LACF”. I/We grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and the festival’s sponsors the right to use for promotional purposes on television, on the LACF website (www.lacomedyfest.com, www.lacomedyfestival.com), on sponsors websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. my/our name(s), screenplay title and logline. 2. If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately. 3. My ENTRY has not been optioned, produced or purchased. If it does become optioned or produced or sold during the judging period then the ENTRY will be disqualified and the entry fee will be forfeited. It is my obligation to let the festival know that it has been optioned, sold or produced. 4. I understand creative revisions may be required prior to setting up meetings and therefore agree to the process as outlined by the LACF staff. I also understand that if chosen as a finalist it is a requirement to sign a W-9 tax form to receive any prizes. I understand and accept without reservation that I am an independent contractor and that LACF is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal. Prizes will be delivered to each legally qualified winner within ninety (90) days of LACF receipt of completed W-9 Tax form. Prizes are subject to change without notice. LACF reserves the right to amend these rules and regulations at any time. 5. I grant the LACF permission to give a copy of my ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors and others that can aid in securing future work or funding to make my ENTRY into a film or TV show. 6. I/We own and am the only authors of the material submitted with application and are the only people that can lay claim to this work. I further claim that the submitted material is not adapted from work of any other author. 7. I have kept at least two copies of the screenplay and I understand that no materials included with this application will be returned. 8. I understand that LACF may decide to increase or decrease the number of finalists at its sole discretion and reserves the right to grant less than or no awards, at its sole discretion, if a lesser number of, or no entries meet the submissions requirements and/or industry standards of excellence. 9. I understand that it is my sole responsibility to register Script with the U.S. Copyright Office or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in my country. 10. I understand that LACF, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors. 11. I have read, understand, and agree to the rules and regulations stated for LACF: Screenplay Competition and in exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY read, evaluated and judged by LACF as part of its Screenplay Competition and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this screenplay. If my ENTRY wins an award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers. 12. I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative. 13. This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto. 14. This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by LACF, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief. 15. I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. 16. I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof. 17. I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone who contributed to all materials submitted with this application to the 14th LA COMEDY Festival: Screenplay Competition 2013 (Fall). 18. We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.