HIGHLIGHTS – MARCH 2020 COMEDY Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST COMEDY FILM: WORD ON THE STREET
BEST PERFORMANCES: VERITAPHOBIA
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: RICK THUNDER IN…LOOK BACK TOMORROW
BEST MUSIC: THE INTERVIEW

Theme of night: Reality isn’t what it seems.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE WRONG SWIPE, 3min., UK, Comedy

festival posterTHE INTERVIEW, 10min., Ireland, Comedy

festival posterWORD ON THE STREET, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterVERITAPHOBIA, 9min., USA, Comedy

festival posterFRENCH FLY, 4min., USA, Comedy/Animation

festival posterRICK THUNDER IN…LOOK BACK TOMORROW, 6min., USA, Comedy

festival posterKILLING CHRISTMAS, 12min., USA, Drama/Family

festival posterALL THIS TIME, 7min., Czech Republic, Drama/Family

festival posterA MISSING PIECE, 16min., USA, Drama/Family

festival posterDAMNED IF I DO, 7min, USA, Drama/Dark Comedy

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Jason Harris (RICK THUNDER IN…LOOK BACK TOMORROW)

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Jason Harris is a storyteller out of Las Vegas, NV. He has written for names including Gordon Ramsay, The Backstreet Boys, Ronda Rousey and Kim Vo. He is the personal writer / director for The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Harris is a standup comedian who has toured nationally and internationally. He writes about food, music and pop culture for multiple magazines and is currently working on his first cookbook. Harris has sold multiple screenplays. He adapted an article he wrote based on his efforts to feed the Las Vegas community after the 10/1 tragedy for Image Comics “Where We Live” anthology. Harris is the father to Scarlett who is the sunshine of his life.

Director Statement

Rick Thunder is part of a larger content project called “Copper Creek.” It’s one of a series of eight comedy shorts all set in the titular apartment complex. Shooting eight separate stories, the goal was to showcase as many styles as possible and play within as many sub-genres as we could.

A hot desert night is a perfect backdrop for a film noir and we figured the more tropes we played with and the more of an homage we made towards both classic and b-level film noirs, the funnier the short would be. (Play it real, don’t play it for laughs!) To get the vibe we wanted, we cast working theater actors who could adapt to everything we threw at them. We had less than a day for the entire production and had to shoot within the time frame of open office hours for the apartment office staff. That crunch really gave the day a kinetic energy and excitement that I think shines through in the film.

Short Film: WORD ON THE STREET, 5min., USA, Comedy

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For the duration of this creation, a pair of mobsters engage in a wordplay-filled conversation. The combination of Noir-style confrontation and a rhyme infatuation makes the film an inspiration. The filmmakers hope it garners your appreciation and earns a hearty recommendation.

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Director Biography – Brendan Cleaves (THE WRONG SWIPE)

Brendan is a UK MVA nominated, award-winning writer and director.

Brendan’s directed his first short film ‘ROGER’ in 2017, starring John Bradley (Game Of Thrones) and comedian Seann Walsh, it was screened at over thirty five film festival and has secured distribution with Shorts International. It had its US premiere at the St Louis International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying) and UK premiere at Foyle International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifying, BAFTA & BIFA recognised).

In 2018 the feature film script for ‘ROGER’ was selected for the Hollywood Black List’s Top Comedy Scripts. (www.blcklst.com), It also made the semifinals of the Script pipeline, Scriptapalooza and WeScreenplay competitions, and quarterfinals of the Blue Cat Competition. It was also a semifinalist of the 2018 Austin Film Festivals Screenplay Competition.

In 2019 Brendan was selected for the Directors UK ‘Inspire’ mentor scheme.

Brendan is currently in pre-production for his first feature film based on the ‘ROGER’ Short. John Bradley and Tom Bell are attached to the project.

During 2019 Brendan wrote and directed a trilogy of short comedy films called ‘Three Shit Dates’, consisting of three films ‘The Wrong Swipe, ‘Coldplay and ‘End Credits’. He is releasing them throughout the year. Also, in 2019, Brendan directed another new short film ‘Living Next Door to Alex’ starring Tom Bell (The Mash Report, Project Greenlight) and Richard Rycroft (Game of Thrones, Apple Tree Yard), the film will be launching on the 2020 film festival circuit.

Brendan was nominated for ‘Best Interactive Video’ at the 2014 UKMVAs. In 2015, the commercial Brendan directed for Hewden’s World Cup Campaign won at the Brand Republic Digital Awards and shortlisted for a Drum Marketing Award. Brendan has directed over thirty music videos.

In 2016, Brendan won ‘Best UK Screenplay’ for his script ‘Building Bricks’ at the London Independent Film Festival.

His short film script ‘Sam and Doug’ has been officially selected for multiple film festivals around the world, it recently made the quarter-final of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition and was selected for ‘Best of the Postroom 2016’ by the BFI’s Net.Work website.