Friday, November 18, 2016

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2017 Submissions are now open!


Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
November 30, 2016 - Discount Deadline
December 31, 2016 - Early Deadline
January 31, 2017 - Regular Deadline
February 28, 2017 - Late Deadline
Notification Day - March 14, 2017
Event Date: Monday April 10th, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Comedy Feature Film
The ACSFF is looking for funny and engaging comedy feature films that are a minimum of 31 minutes, but are no longer than 100 minutes including all credits. All varieties of Comedy are accepted in this category including Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy, Animated Films, Mockumentary Films, Comedy Web Series, International Comedy and anything else that will bring laughter to our audience. All languages are accepted, but the subtitles must be in English.

Comedy Short Film
The ACSFF is looking for funny and engaging Comedy Short Films that are a minimum of 6 minutes, but are no longer than 30 minutes including all credits. All varieties of Comedy are accepted in this category including Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy, Animated Films, Mockumentary Films, Comedy Web Series, International Comedy and anything else that will bring laughter to our audience. We screen short comedy films in a back-to-back format that is fast paced, fun and a unique experience for our audience. All languages are accepted, but the subtitles must be in English.

Micro Comedy Short Film
The ACSFF is looking for funny and engaging Comedy Micro Short Films that are a maximum of 5 minutes in length including all credits. All varieties of Comedy are accepted in this category including Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy, Animated Films, Mockumentary Films, Comedy Web Series, International Comedy and anything else that will bring laughter to our audience. We screen short comedy films in a back-to-back format that is fast paced, fun and a unique experience for our audience. All languages are accepted, but the subtitles must be in English.

Funny Music Video
TheACSFF is looking for funny and engaging music videos that are thought provoking and make people laugh. Funny Music Videos must be 5 minutes or less in length including credits. Public music videos that are currently on youtube, Vimeo, or Vevo are eligible.

Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
The ACSFF is looking for funny and engaging writing that is thought provoking and makes people laugh. A Comedy Feature Film Screenplay must be a minimum length of 31 pages and a maximum length of 100 pages. All screenplays must be written in English. 12 different judges will read every word of every screenplay submitted.

Comedy Short Film Screenplay
The ACSFF is looking for funny and engaging writing that is thought provoking and makes people laugh. A Comedy Short Film Screenplay must be a maximum length of 30 pages. All screenplays must be written in English. 12 different judges will read every word of every screenplay submitted.

Our panel of 12 judges will present twelve different awards, at this festival.
  1. Best Texas Comedy Film
  2. Best Animated Comedy Film
  3. Best Micro Short Comedy Film
  4. Best Short Comedy Film
  5. Best Director
  6. Best Actor
  7. Best Actress
  8. Best Original Music
  9. Best Cinematography
  10. Best Ensemble Cast
  11. Single Funniest Moment
  12. Funniest Music Video
All films are screened on a giant theater screen on High Definition Blu-Ray Format at the Alamo Drafthouse - Lakeline in North Austin, Texas. If you are a filmmaker, looking to screen your film in an all-comedy format, then you've found the right place. If you are a film enthusiast that would like to have an exciting and fresh comedy film experience in a great venue, please join us at our next event. If you are a filmmaker that would like to request a film submission fee waiver to the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival please click here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 Fall "Austin Comedy Short Film Festival" Official Selections




Alamo Drafthouse  - Lakeline
14028 U.S. 183, Austin, TX 78717
Monday October 24th, 2016  @ 7:15 PM




Official Selections: Short Comedy Films
  1. "Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley" Directed by Trey Huguley & Garrett Hargrove (Austin, Texas)*
  2. “**it Happens” Directed by Jesse Acosta (Dallas, Texas)
  3. “7 Beds” Pedro Moreno del Oso (Spain)
  4. “A Family Affair” Directed by Marius Azokpota (France)
  5. “Accelerator” Directed by Sean Cabling
  6. “Church of Superman” Directed by Pete Bune (Brooklyn, New York)
  7. “CrashTest Dummies” ( I'm taking the Bus ) Directed by Lyn Caudie (Dallas, Texas)
  8. “Dr. Sunshine's Office - Episode 5: Dysfunction” Directed by Joel Salaysay (Canada)
  9. “Hawt Yoga” Directed by Lane Lyle (Orange, California)
  10. “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers (Chicago, Illinois)
  11. “Mission Accomplished” Directed by Claus Martin (Germany)
  12. “NAMCAR Night Race” music video Directed by Lance Khazei (Sherman Oaks, California)
  13. “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  14. “Phineas & The Professor” Directed by John Origlieri (Brooklyn, New York)
  15. “Real Friends” Directed by Andrew Melzer (Chicago, Illiinois)
  16. “Team Phil” Directed by Konrad Arnold (Cary, North Carolina)
  17. “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley and Andrew Porter (Austin, Texas)
  18. “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
  19. “The First Step” Directed by David Noblet & Arnaud Guez (Belgium)
  20. “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith & David Nobles
  21. “The Missing Hand” Directed by Daniel Harding
  22. “The Party Pooper” Directed by Kurt Schneider (Lake Orion, Michigan)
  23. “The United Guys Network” Directed by Tabatha Golat (Canada)
  24. “Token Support Group” Directed by Alex Thomas (Austin, Texas)
  25. “When Damon Met Angie ...” Directed by Hugo J. Mat (Arlington, Texas)
  26. “Wife And Death” Directed by Matt Wright (Canada)
 * Theme from "Fun with Hackley: Axe Murderer"

Official Selections: Short Comedy Screenplays
  1. “Adrift” written by Stuart Creque - Download Screenplay
  2. “Becoming Bigfoot” written by Sean Whitley (Allen, Texas)
  3. “Candidate Christ” written by David Mair (Vadnais Heights, Minnesota) - Download Screenplay
  4. “Central Incompetence” written by Grant Carson & Lindsey Parodi (Omaha, Nebraska)
  5. “Deli Takeout” (Pilot Episode of Brooklyn Deli) written by Jim Norman
  6. “Donating In Vein” written by Joey P Fama
  7. “Dougie Dog” written by Montgomery Burt (Vancouver, Canada)
  8. “First Kill” written by Elisabeth Howard (Sherman Oaks, California)
  9. “God's Psychiatrist” written by Stephen M. Hunt
  10. “Just Life” written by Jeff Ahearn
  11. “Lovin' It” written by Stuart Creque - Download Screenplay
  12. “Princess Pussy” written by Renee Sevier
  13. “The End” written by Kelly Jean Karam
  14. “The Hitchhiker” written by Phil Stokes
  15. “The Poor Man's Agent” written by Tyler Cochran (Euless, Texas)
Nominations for “Most Original Concept”
“Real Friends” Directed by Andrew Melzer
“When Damon Met Angie...” Directed by Hugo Martinez
“Accelerator” Directed by Sean Cabling
“Token Support Support Group” Directed by Alex Thomas - Winner!
“The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III

Nominations for "Best Animated Comedy Film"
“Phineas and the Professor” Directed by John Origlieri - Winner!
“Church of Superman” Directed by Pete Bune

Nominations for "Best Comedy Short Film"
“Token Support Support Group” Directed by Alex Thomas
“The United Guys Network” Directed by Tabatha Golat - Winner!
“Hawt Yoga” Directed by Lane Lyle
“When Damon Met Angie...” Directed by Hugo Martinez
“The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley and Andrew Porter

Nominations for "Best Micro Comedy Short Film"
“Dr. Sunshine's Office Ep 5: Dysfunction” Directed by Joel Salaysay
“Team Phil” Directed by Konrad Arnold
“The Party Pooper” Directed by Kurt Schneider - Winner!
“Real Friends” Directed by Andrew Melzer
“Mission Accomplished” Directed by Claus Martin

Nominations for "Funniest Music Video"
“One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
“NAMCAR Night Race” Directed by Lance Khazei
“Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley” Directed by Trey Huguley and Garrett Hargrove - Winner!
“The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith

Nominations for "Best Cinematography"
“7 Beds” DP Daniel Gonzalez
“The United Guys Network” DP Grant Baldwin
“Mission Accomplished” DP Jan Merlin Friedrich
“The Missing Hand” DP Jonathan Taylor
“A Family Affair” DP Dominique Marion Peredone - Winner!

Nominations for "Best Editing"
“The Government is Watching” Edited by Skyler Smith
“One Champion” Editing by Zachary Mattson
“Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley” Edited by Trey Huguley
“**it Happens” Edited by Jesse Acosta - Winner!
“Accelerator” Edited by Austin Anderson

Nominations for "Best Original Music"
“The Government is Watching” by Skyler Smith
“The Missing Hand” by Jack Blume
“NAMCAR Night Race” music video Directed by Lance Khazei - Winner!
“Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley” by MC Chunky & Sugar Duke
"Wife and Death" by Dan Goldman 

Nominations for "Best Actress"
Laynie Mitchell in “Hawt Yoga”
Meryl Griffiths in “The Misssing Hand”
Mindy Neuendorff in “When Damon Met Angie...” - Winner!
Jamie Taylor in “Dr. Sunshine: Dysfunction”
Danielle Dallas Roosa in “Love and First Latte”

Nominations for "Best Actor"
Nico Romero in “7 Beds”
Patrick Shivers in “Party Pooper”
Aaron Green in “When Damon Met Angie...”
Esteban Gomez Navarro in “The First Step”
Matthew Pettigrew in “**it Happens” - Winner!

Nominations for "Best Supporting Actress"
Jessica Kozak in “One Champion”
Meghan Hemingway in “The United Guys Network”
Laura Flannery in “Token Support Group” - Winner!
Dana Salah in “Accelerator”
Kim Drake in “Wife and Death”

Nominations for "Best Supporting Actor"
Christopher J. Gutierrez in “The Box Boy”
Greg Malone in “Wife and Death”
Kyle Talley in “Real Friends
Kenneth Wayne Bradley in "The Bitters Truth" - Winner!

Nominations for "Single Funniest Moment"
“Hawt Yoga” Directed by Lane Lyle
“Team Phil” Directed by Konrad Arnold
“Mission Accomplished” Directed by Claus Martin
“**it Happens” Directed by Jesse Acosta - Winner!
“Church of Superman” Directed by Pete Bune

Nominations for "Best Texas Film"
“**it Happens” Directed by Jesse Acosta
“Token Support Support Group” Directed by Alex Thomas
“When Damon Met Angie...” Directed by Hugo Martinez
“The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III - Winner!
“The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley and Andrew Porter

Nominations for "Best Director"
“Mission Accomplished” Directed by Claus Martin
“The Missing Hand” Directed by Daniel Harding
“7 Beds” Directed by Pedro Moreno del Oso - Winner!
“A Family Affair” Directed Marius Azokpota
“Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley” Directed by Trey Huguley and Garrett Hargrove

Nominations for "Best Ensemble Cast"
“The United Guys Network”
“Accelerator”
“Token Support Support Group” - Winner!
“One Champion”
“Ain't No Stoppin' Hackley”

Nominations for “Best Comedy Short Screenplay”
“Central Incompetence” written by Grant Carson & Lindsey Parodi
“Just Life” written by Jeff Ahearn - Winner!
“The End” written by Kelly Jean Karam
“Dougie Dog” written by Montgomery Burt
"Princess Pussy” by Renee Sevier
“Lovin' It” written by Stuart Creque

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"The United Guys Network" Official Selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016

"The United Guys Network" is the winner of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016 "Best Comedy Short Film Award." It was the highest rated comedy short film by the judges with excellent production value, good laughs and great acting. Here is the official tagline, "Loving newlywed husband Paul Seger is making the other guys in the neighborhood look bad. Time for The United Guys Network to step in and teach him how to be a 'real' husband." The films was directed by Tabatha Golat, a producer, writer, director, editor (and wearer of many hats). Tabatha is an award-winning filmmaker for her short film 'Ten Thousand Steps.' She has written and directed a feature and two shorts, as well as several music videos and corporate videos. "The United Guys Network," was funded by Telus Storyhive and the full film is available on youtube.


The United Guys Network

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"CrashTest Dummies (I'm Taking the Bus)" Official Selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016

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Spec Commercial Spot in which our subjects decide the life of a crash test dummy is just too grueling and is not not transportation after all.
Director Lyn Caudle
Director:
Lyn Caudle took up Photography at an early age leading to many areas of interest as it is a union of science and art, a specific set of particularities to which his mind seems to be tuned into. He mowed just about every yard in his neighborhood to afford his first camera. He began shooting anything and everything that would sit still for a photograph, and some that wouldn’t. This led to an interest in filmmaking which is still fruitful to this day. He is a Visual Effects Supervisor, and has recently begun Directing as well. He has been in the film industry for over 25 years. He spent the first several years working freelance on film and television productions, then he went on to building and running his own company CFX Special Effects. In 2000, Lyn jumped the fence into post production and took his experience from the set to the computer, at Janimation He worked there for almost 12 years. His work also includes but is not limited to: on-set supervision, design and implementation of effects for any given shot or project, and effects animation (i.e. smoke, fire, wind, cloth, hair, explosions, dust and debris). He is now a Director working on “special” projects that are both technically challenging and creatively demanding. He works on commercials, video game trailers and shots for feature films. He is an avid traveler and photographer. Currently he is a Lighting / Compositing Artist, and VFX Supervisor at ReelFX Creative Studios. Lyn started his carrier on the effects crew of live action productions. Some of his most recognizable projects are: “Lonesome Dove” trilogy, “Problem Child”, “Ace Ventura II – When Nature Calls”, “Dallas” television series and the “Walker – Texas Ranger” series. Some notable accomplishments include an Emmy nomination for his first large scale project which was “Lonesome Dove”; he was the only crew member to work on the entire “Lonesome Dove” trilogy.”

Director Statement
I am fascinated with Art and Science, and their symbiotic relationship. We create new technology then use it to produce art and that in turn pushes the science, and the cycle repeats. I love this relationship. I observe and use this to my advantage, when attempting to create an image. I work in many mediums but most notably, photography, computer generated imagery, film and television. When photographing a place, I try and capture a space, and the feeling of what it is to be there. I want to feel what it must be like to have been there at the moment of inspiration for the Architect or Designer. I want to communicate that to the viewer. I use a variety of techniques to accomplish this, such as High Dynamic Range Photography, Panoramic Photography, as well as the more traditional techniques of light, shadow, and composition. In broader terms, photography as art for me means sharing my vision, how I see the world. I want the viewer to see these things through my eyes, because when I put the camera to my eye the "noise" stops, the would slows down, sound get muted and I am in a place that is special and important. I feel I have to share that.











"Phineas & The Professor" Official Selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016


The Professor and his sidekick Phineas are stuck in the woods. Will they make it out?

"NAMCAR Night Race music video" Official Selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2016

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This is a mock rock, Journey inspired music video set to the original theme for NAMCAR Night Race, a "surreality show" depicting a model car racing league. Drivers push the limits of their toy cars, friendships and bitter rivalries as they brave extremely fake conditions and the final frontier in racing, a frontier of plastic, plaster and diecast metal. A "NASCAR on acid," the show introduces itself as a mock sports presentation before giving way to more and more bits of surrealistic comedy. Written, directed and executive produced by Lance Khazei. Original theme song by Lance Khazei and Michael Sherwood. For full credits, please see the IMDB listing. NAMCAR stands for the National Association of Model Car Auto Racing

Director Lance Khazei
Director:
Lance Khazei is an Emmy nominated writer, producer and director with produced credits in television, feature film and new media. A prolific writer and creator, Lance has developed and written television comedy for Fox, ABC, MTV, Dreamworks, Disney Animation, Klasky Csupo, Jim Henson Productions, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, and NBC Studios. He has written late night and sketch comedy for John Leguizamo, Bill Maher, and Chevy Chase, as well as animated shorts for Robin Williams. Lance has sold original screenplays to and written feature films for MGM, New Line, Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, working primarily in the comedy and action genres. Lance sold his action comedy graphic novel “Dionysus” to Archie Comics Entertainment. Lance produced HuffPost Live for its run in Los Angeles. The show was named Mashable’s Best Media Innovation of 2012 and earned a Webby Award in 2013. Lance was named a producer to watch in 2015 by Indie’s UNITE! Lance Khazei is breaking through as a director of ascending comedy talent. Fox Digital hired Lance to write and direct the sports competition comedy “BRA League” featuring Rob Delaney (Amazon’s “Catastrophe”) and Brittany Furlan (the Queen of Vine). “NAMCAR Night Race”, an independent television comedy Lance wrote, directed and produced premieres in 2016. The show features Theo Von (Netflix’s “Theo Von: No Offense”), Scout Durwood (MTV's "Mary + Jane"), Whitney Rice (host, The Tiny, Tiny Talk Show), Ian Abramson (named L.A. Weekly’s Best Up and Coming Comedian in 2015) and Dat Phan (winner, NBC's Last Comic Standing). Lance is the son of an Iranian-American surgeon and an Italian-American nurse who met in the operating room in Pittsburgh. Lance was born in Boston and raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. Before his work in the entertainment industry, Lance graduated from Harvard with honors and worked for City Year, a domestic Peace Corps.




"The Government is Watching" Official Selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2016

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We all know the government is watching us. We just didn't know exactly what that meant.

Director 
Director:
The two of us(Skyler Smith and David Nobles) write and direct under the production company Urbana Ave.

Director Statement
Most of our videos are comedic and adventurous. Urbana Ave which is a place for filmmakers to collaborate on larger scale productions. Aside from that, we both have successful free-lance film careers.