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18-Apr-2014 1:05am PDT  

 

L.A. COMEDY SHORTS (and LA Comedy Scripts)

6 Annual May 15, 2014 to May 18, 2014

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3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
#910
Studio City CA 91604
USA
info@lacomedyshorts.com
http://www.lacomedyshorts.com

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Comedy Shorts
5-30 minutes. Web series and TV pilots also accepted in this category.
Comedy Shortie Shorts
Under 5 minutes. Animated and Student shorts under 5 minutes may submit under this category to receive discount.
Animated Comedy Shorts
30 minutes or less. Animated shorts 5 minutes and under may submit under Shortie Shorts to get the discount.
Student Comedy Shorts
Must be a student film from an accredited university. 30 minutes or less. Student Films 5 minutes or less may submit under the Shortie Shorts category to get the discount.
Feature Comedy Screenplays
80-130 pages.
Short Comedy Screenplays
30 pages or less
Half-hour Comedy Pilot Scripts
Page count may vary according to style.
Spec Comedy TV Scripts
Half-hour spec scripts for any comedy currently airing on network or cable TV.
Web Series/Webisodes
New Media, web series, etc. Single webisodes with a total runtime of under 5 minutes may submit as a Shortie-Short to get the discounted fee.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The number one stop for Comedy Short Films and all Comedy Scripts! 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 five 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, 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) 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. Over a dozen filmmakers have been hooked up with deals 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. Over a dozen filmmakers and writers have gotten development deals DIRECTLY from the festival!

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 2009 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


ORGANIZERS
Gary Anthony Williams ; Jeannie Roshar (Director) ; Jeannie Roshar (Director) ; Kelly Frazier (Producer) ; Ryan Higman

GENERAL RULES
L.A. Comedy Shorts Rules and Regulations:

1. The 2014 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is sponsored by L.A. Comedy, LLC (a California Limited Liability Corporation).
2. Employees of L.A. Comedy LLC and their immediate families are not eligible, nor any competition judge and their immediate families
3. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission or have written permission from a parent or guardian.
4. Only films in the genre of comedy are eligible.
5. All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
6. A winner will be chosen for each category. The Best of Fest winner and Audience Award winner may be from any category.
7. If a winning film has more than one recipient for the award, all recipients will be responsible for dividing or distributing the prize amongst themselves.
8. Each film may win only one award.
9. Films must be submitted on DVD Region 0 or Region 1 or submitted electronically online.
10. Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they are completed prior to the Festival.
11. DVDs must be labeled with name, title, running-time, contact phone, email, and tracking ID# (received after you complete the submission process).
12. Do not send DVDs in fiber-filled envelopes! Those nasty little fibers can ruin both your screeners and our equipment.
13. All films selected for the Festival grant L.A. Comedy Shorts the rights to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
14. You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.
15. If you would like a delivery confirmation, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard in with your submission.
16. All fees are non-refundable.
17. Filmmakers will be notified by email of acceptance into the festival.
18. L.A. Comedy LLC is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions.
19. The Sponsors reserve the right (a) to suspend or cancel the Contest in their sole discretion if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration or security of the Contest, and (b) to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation date. The Sponsors further reserve the right to modify the rules of the Contest in any way or at any time, as long as reasonable notice is given.
20. Winner Selection: One (1) Grand Prize Winner, one (1) Comedy Short Award Winner, one (1) Comedy Shortie-Short Award Winner, one (1) Comedy Animated Short Award Winner, one (1) Student Comedy Short Award Winner and one (1) Audience Award Winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received.
21. In order to collect the relevant prize, each winner will be required to execute (a) an affidavit of eligibility, (b) a promotional release and (c) any relevant tax documentation. Each winner must complete and return all legal documents within five (5) business days after receipt. Noncompliance will result in disqualification of the winner and an alternate winner will be selected by the Sponsors from remaining eligible entries. Prizes will be delivered to each legally qualified winner within 60 days of the Sponsor's receipt of all necessary legal documents.
22. Prizes are subject to change without notice.

LA Comedy Scripts Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations:

Rules and Regulations:

1. Only scripts in the genre of comedy are eligible.
2. All entries must be in English.
3. All entries must be 80-130 pages for the feature competition and 30 pages or less for the short competition. Pilot page counts will vary depending on style.
4. All scripts must be original screenplays, and the property of the applicant.
5. Screenplays that have been produced, purchased or optioned are not eligible.
6. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission or have signed permission by a parent or guardian.
7. Screenplays written by two or more writers are eligible, but if the screenplay wins an award, it will be split evenly between all the writers.
8. Multiple entries will be accepted, but must be submitted individually.
9. We strongly suggest you register your screenplay with either the Writer's Guild (www.wga.org), the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov) or ProtectRite (www.protectrite.com).
10. All finalists will be announced by email.
11. Submissions will not be returned.
12. No substitution pages or new drafts will be accepted after entry.
13. We prefer online PDF submissions, but if you do submit a hard copy, it must be in standard industry screenplay format on white paper with two or three brads. A4 paper is acceptable.
14. Scripts must be in Courier 12pt. font, and pages must be numbered.
15. If you are submitting a hard copy, do not include your name or contact information anywhere within the screenplay, apart from the title page, which should include your name, contact email, phone, and Submission ID#.
16. All fees are nonrefundable.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

L.A. Comedy Shorts Terms & Conditions (You must agree to these terms in order to submit your film.) 1. I hereby grant LA Comedy, LLC (a California Limited Liability Corporation) (hereinafter "LAC") and its agents and assigns, the right to view and assess the comedy short film (the "Film") that I hereby submit to the LAC short film competition (the "Contest"). I acknowledge that the only obligation undertaken by LAC in consideration of my submission is to accept the material for review and consideration for the contest. No further duties or obligations shall arise from or be implied by my submission. 2. I understand that the copy of my Film submitted to LAC will not be returned, and that the Film may, but is not guaranteed to be, shown to third parties. I reserve the right to submit the Film to any persons or organizations other than LAC. 3. I warrant that I have the legal right to enter my Film to the Contest. As the Director/Producer of the Film, I represent and warrant to the Contest that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that I own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Contest. I warrant that the Film is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation. I acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between myself and the Contest, and I further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Film, or by the Contest's acceptance, review or retention of the Film. 4. I attest that I am at least 18 years of age and hereby affirm that my submission of the Film to LAC is voluntary and hereby agree to pay the non-refundable submission fee that is enclosed with my submission. 5. I guarantee that to the best of my knowledge, the Film does not invade or defame the rights of any person, living or dead. 6. I fully understand the prize specifications. 7. I understand the following contest procedures and agree to adhere to them accordingly: Should I become one of the winners of the Contest, I hereby grant LAC the right to use the name of the Film as well as a production still, story synopsis, and up to 3 minutes of footage, in all forms of communication and publicity that LAC may decide, in its sole discretion. 8. I fully understand the following stipulations: The LAC website(s) may contain facts, views, opinions, statements, and recommendations of third party individuals and organizations. LAC does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any opinions, statements, or any other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the LAC website. I acknowledge that any reliance upon any such opinion, statement or information shall be at my sole risk. LAC makes no warranty regarding any content, services or products provided through or in connection with their website(s). LAC expressly disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, including, without limitation: (a) any warranties as to the availability and accuracy of content or information, products or services which are a part of the LAC website; and (b) warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, or merchantability or against infringement. In no event will LAC, its affiliates, licensors, employees, agents or contractors be liable for any damages or losses, including without limitation indirect, consequential, special, incidental, or punitive damages resulting from or caused by the Contest, LAC website, its content or any errors or omissions in its content, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Any liability of LAC, its affiliates, licensors, employees, agents or contractors, including without limitation any liability for damages caused or allegedly caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to alteration of, or use of records, whether for breach of contract, tortuous behavior, negligence, or any other cause of action shall be strictly limited to the amount paid LAC by or on behalf of you in connection with the Contest. Notice of termination or disqualification to LAC is the only remedy afforded contestants dissatisfied with the content, or changes in policies, terms of this agreement or services fees relating to the Contest. 9. I understand and acknowledge that LAC considers a large number of films, and accept that many narratives can contain similar story elements including, without limitation, character types and locales, and that even dissimilar stories and concepts may share one or more ideas or themes, or elements or aspects which are not new, novel or unique. Accordingly, I acknowledge that if and to the extent the material is protected by copyright law, I am not granting you the right to use the material unless you and I enter into an agreement regarding such use. I acknowledge, however, that by LAC accepting and reviewing the material, LAC is not agreeing to refrain from, or to compensate me for, the use of any of these elements or the material which are not protected by copyright law, including, by way of illustration, ideas, historical or factual matters or other public domain elements or aspects of the material. The foregoing shall apply whether or not LAC has obtained such ideas and/or other elements from other sources. 10. I hereby agree to hold LAC, its affiliated companies, employees, readers, agents, and third-party information providers harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, whether or not groundless, with respect to the contest or based on the Film submitted to LAC or on any project developed out of such submissions. I also agree not to assert against LAC and said related parties any claim or action based on plagiarism, infringement, confidential relationship, implied contract, idea theft or any other theory arising out of LAC's review of the submitted materials or any alleged use by the related parties of the submitted materials. If, notwithstanding my release hereunder, I should bring any action against LAC or its related parties and am unsuccessful in such action, I hereby agree to pay LAC and/or its related parties all of their costs and expenses in defending such an action. 11. I attest that I have read all of the Terms and Conditions of this agreement and understand and agree to all of its provisions, and that no other promises or agreements, either written or oral, have been offered by LAC or entered into between myself and LAC, and that no confidential relationship is established by my submitting the material to LAC. 12. This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of California, with venue in Los Angeles County. L.A. Comedy Scripts Terms & Conditions (You must agree to these terms in order to submit your screenplay.) 1. I hereby grant LA Comedy, LLC (a California Limited Liability Corporation) (hereinafter "LAC") and its agents and assigns, the right to read and assess the comedy screenplay (the "Screenplay") that I hereby submit to the LAC screenplay competition (the "Contest"). I acknowledge that the only obligation undertaken by LAC in consideration of my submission is to accept the material for review and consideration for the contest. No further duties or obligations shall arise from or be implied by my submission. 2. I understand that the copy of my Screenplay submitted to LAC will not be returned, and that the Screenplay may, but is not guaranteed to be, shown to third parties. I reserve the right to submit the Screenplay to any persons or organizations other than LAC. 3. I warrant that I have the legal right to enter my Screenplay to the Contest. As the Author of the Screenplay, I represent and warrant to the Contest that the Screenplay and all parts thereof are original; that the Screenplay does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that I own or control the Screenplay and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Screenplay to the Contest. I warrant that the Screenplay is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation. I acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between myself and the Contest, and I further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Screenplay, or by the Contest's acceptance, review or retention of the Screenplay. 4. I attest that I am at least 18 years of age and hereby affirm that my submission of the Screenplay to LAC is voluntary and hereby agree to pay the non-refundable submission fee that is enclosed with my submission. 5. I guarantee that to the best of my knowledge, the Screenplay does not invade or defame the rights of any person, living or dead. 6. I fully understand the prize specifications. 7. I understand the following contest procedures and agree to adhere to them accordingly: Should I become one of the winners of the Contest, I hereby grant LAC the right to use the name of the Screenplay as well as a story synopsis in all forms of communication and publicity that LAC may decide, in its sole discretion. 8. I fully understand the following stipulations: The LAC website(s) may contain facts, views, opinions, statements, and recommendations of third party individuals and organizations. LAC does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any opinions, statements, or any other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the LAC website. I acknowledge that any reliance upon any such opinion, statement or information shall be at my sole risk. LAC makes no warranty regarding any content, services or products provided through or in connection with their website(s). LAC expressly disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, including, without limitation: (a) any warranties as to the availability and accuracy of content or information, products or services which are a part of the LAC website; and (b) warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, or merchantability or against infringement. In no event will LAC, its affiliates, licensors, employees, agents or contractors be liable for any damages or losses, including without limitation indirect, consequential, special, incidental, or punitive damages resulting from or caused by the Contest, LAC website, its content or any errors or omissions in its content, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Any liability of LAC, its affiliates, licensors, employees, agents or contractors, including without limitation any liability for damages caused or allegedly caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to alteration of, or use of records, whether for breach of contract, tortuous behavior, negligence, or any other cause of action shall be strictly limited to the amount paid LAC by or on behalf of you in connection with the Contest. Notice of termination or disqualification to LAC is the only remedy afforded contestants dissatisfied with the content, or changes in policies, terms of this agreement or services fees relating to the Contest. 9. I understand and acknowledge that LAC considers a large number of Screenplays, and accept that many narratives can contain similar story elements including, without limitation, character types and locales, and that even dissimilar stories and concepts may share one or more ideas or themes, or elements or aspects which are not new, novel or unique. Accordingly, I acknowledge that if and to the extent the material is protected by copyright law, I am not granting you the right to use the material unless you and I enter into an agreement regarding such use. I acknowledge, however, that by LAC accepting and reviewing the material, LAC is not agreeing to refrain from, or to compensate me for, the use of any of these elements or the material which are not protected by copyright law, including, by way of illustration, ideas, historical or factual matters or other public domain elements or aspects of the material. The foregoing shall apply whether or not LAC has obtained such ideas and/or other elements from other sources. 10. I hereby agree to hold LAC, its affiliated companies, employees, readers, agents, and third-party information providers harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, whether or not groundless, with respect to the contest or based on the Screenplay submitted to LAC or on any project developed out of such submissions. I also agree not to assert against LAC and said related parties any claim or action based on plagiarism, infringement, confidential relationship, implied contract, idea theft or any other theory arising out of LAC's review of the submitted materials or any alleged use by the related parties of the submitted materials. If, notwithstanding my release hereunder, I should bring any action against LAC or its related parties and am unsuccessful in such action, I hereby agree to pay LAC and/or its related parties all of their costs and expenses in defending such an action. 11. I attest that I have read all of the Terms and Conditions of this agreement and understand and agree to all of its provisions, and that no other promises or agreements, either written or oral, have been offered by LAC or entered into between myself and LAC, and that no confidential relationship is established by my submitting the material to LAC. 12. This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of California, with venue in Los Angeles County.