Filmmakers, screenwriters and industry guests speak out about their experience at LA Comedy Shorts:
Thank you for screening "Guaranteed Sex" at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. I had an amazing time and made a great friend with an incredible animator. We're already in the critical stages of planning for world domination, and on the side are collaborating on my next short film which requires animated sequences. I was blown away at how professional, classy, packed to the gills and all around awesome the whole festival was. I made tons of contacts and feel incredibly inspired and motivated to work on my next film.
Also! After "Guaranteed Sex" screened, it was invited to submit to The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival and the Orlando Film Festival. LA Comedy Shorts popped my festival cherry, and I'm hooked now. I can't stop. I woke up this morning jonesing for another and my wife had to lock me in the room with canned soups and porno until I calmed down. It didn't matter. I was on my smart phone manically trying to score more. You've turned me into a twisted creature, an obsessed man. A film monster. Thank you.
- Torrey Meeks, Guaranteed Sex
LACS is our favorite film festival of all time. We've found many talented comedy filmmakers since year-one, and only expect to find more in the years to come. It's always an honor to meet with the annual winners of the festival, and we will continue to do so until the festival finally gets sick of us.
There are many comedy festivals out there, but few of them respect and embrace the true form of short-comedy-video to the proportions LACS does - an art form that has risen in the age of YouTube and Funny or Die, proving to be the most watched popular culture in the history of video in just 6 years. It's probably not too bold of a statement to predict that the next great generations of comedy creators in Hollywood will emerge from the world of comedy filmmakers that just-make-it-on-their-own anyway. For this reason, we are always front and center to meet the winners of this festival EVERY year.
- Tom Hoffman, Director of Comedy Development & New Media, FremantleMedia
A huge congrats for a wildly successful weekend.Thanks so much for all the hard work each of you did in creating, organizing, and maintaining such an amazing event. Just awesome work... I was so honored to be a part of this year's event and can't help but come away focused, inspired, and ready to get to work on new stuff. Thank you so much for allowing my film to be part of this festival. I'm going to work my tale off to try and get in again next year.
- Greg Bro, A Cock Tale
I hope you are as happy with how the fest came off as I was! I can't even begin to imagine the hours you put into this. I greatly appreciate everything you did for us poor filmmakers. It's only going to get bigger & better each year... I feel soooo inspired!
- Eric Krasner, Bobby Visits the Library
Thank you for encouraging me to jump on a plane and do this! From the minute I arrived, your staff was accommodating and helpful. It was a little intimidating going in alone especially when I wasn't even screening a film, but Kelly #1, Kelly #2 and Sam all made me feel right at home. The films were amazing, the parties were a blast and I made tons of new contacts from all over the world. I appreciate all the hard work you put in to this festival and hope you continue to for the next hundred years or so.
- Steve Gast, Scallywag Entertainment
Thank you for putting together a great event. I had a great time. I met a lot of wonderful actors, filmmakers, producers, etc. My 1st LA film festival, and I had a blast. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one, and being on stage answering questions at the end.
- Arthur Johnson
I remain humbled by, and grateful for, the opportunity to meet you and be recognized by your excellent festival. Can't thank you enough.
- Screenwriter Bob Yates, "High Noon-ish"
Winner, Comedy Half-Hour TV Pilot Script Competition
I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for screening my short on Saturday. This is such a fantastic festival you've created and I'm so happy I got to be a part of it. I had a blast and am talking you guys up all over town!
- Jessie McCormack, The Antagonist
Josh and I wanted to congratulate you again on a fabulous and fun festival! Thanks so much for including us and making it such a memorable weekend. It was a pleasure getting to know you, your staff and the other filmmakers. Hopefully our paths will cross again sooner than later. Until then, we wish you all the best.
- Josh & Robi Levy, 4 Pounds and 42 (starring Scott Thompson)
...You guys threw one hell of a film fest!
We had so much fun and saw so many terrific films. We met and mingled with a ton of wonderful people, and we were also able to learn important lessons about our tolerance for free booze and its effects on us the following day. So it was like a laugh-fest and an after-school special all in one.
Thanks again for inviting us to be part of your inaugural venture. We know that if it was this successful in its first year, it's going to be bigger than Sundance by 2012, and we're glad we can say "we knew you when..."
- Screenwriters Kate Luhr & Eric Frost-Barnes, "The Karate Kat"
(Ed. Note: It's 2012, and we are way bigger than Sundance. At least in our heads.)