Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The 10th Houston Comedy Film Festival is open for submissions!

14 Pews Theater
800 Aurora Street
Houston, TX 77009
Event Date: April 8th, 2017

November 30th, 2016 - Discount Deadline
December 31st, 2016 - Early Deadline
January 31st, 2017 - Regular Deadline
February 14th, 2017 - Deadline
February 28th, 2017 - Final Deadline
Notification Date - March 12, 2017

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The Houston Comedy Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers from around the world to showcase their creative works in Houston, Texas. The Houston Comedy Film Festival is searching for funny and engaging films to entertain a comedy loving audience. All films are compiled and screened on Blu-Ray DVD 1080p.
Our panel of 12 judges will give out 18 different awards:
  1. Best Actor
  2. Best Actress
  3. Best Animated Comedy Film
  4. Best Cinematography
  5. Best Comedy Micro Short Film
  6. Best Comedy Short Film
  7. Best Comedy Short Film Screenplay
  8. Best Feature Film
  9. Best Feature Film Screenplay
  10. Best Dark Comedy Film
  11. Best Director
  12. Best Ensemble Cast
  13. Best Music Video
  14. Best Original Music
  15. Best Supporting Actor
  16. Best Supporting Actress
  17. Best Texas Comedy Film
  18. Single Funniest Moment
Comedy Feature Film
The HCFF 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 PCFF 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 HCFF 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
The HCFF 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 HCFF 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 HCFF 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.

If you are requesting a submission waiver for your film, please click here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall 2016: Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selections & Awards

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016
HCFF Fall 2016 Official Selections
  • “A Bumpy Ride”Directed by Chang Shu
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip”Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “Complimentary Breakfast” Directed by Conner Keesling
  • “Doomsday Ready' Directed by Mark Jackson
  • “Doucheahoilcs” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Dr. Sunshine's Office - Episode 5: Dysfunction” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “El Audífono (The Earpiece)” Directed by Samuel Quiles Palop
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “Fair Games”Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Fanny Pack” Directed by Uttera Singh
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Honey Pot” Directed by Merve Tekin
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian Acreman
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Music Video Directed by Lance Khazei
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Directed by Yishan Lin
  • “Notorious Corn”Directed by Mallory Grolleau
  • “Now's A Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by Brian Kohne
  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  • “Smooth Moves” Directed by Chris Beauchamp & Cris Seppola-Podsada
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
  • “The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines & Bruno Alvarado
  • “The Driving Seat” Directed by Phil Lowe
  • “The Focus Group” Directed by Heather Fink
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith & David Nobles
  • “The Party Pooper” Directed by Kurt Schneider
HCFF Fall 2016 Screenplays
  • “Actors Anonymous” written by Marilyn Swick
  • “Bad Weather” wrtten by Troy Graham
  • “Deli Takeout (Pilot Episode of Brooklyn Deli)” written by Jim Norman
  • “God's Psychiatrist” written by Stephen M. Hunt
  • “The Poor Man's Agent” written by Tyler Cochran - Download Screenplay
  • “Jaguars” written by Adrienne Dawes
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson
  • “Princess Pussy” written by Renee Sevier
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura Koons
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly” written by Troy Graham
  • “The End” written by Kelly Jean Karma
Nominations for “Most Original Concept”
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis - Winner!
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
Nominations for "Best Animated Comedy Film"
  • “Notorious Corn” Directed by Mallory Grolleau
  • “A Bumpy Ride" Directed by Chang Shu - Winner!
Nominations for "Best Comedy Short Film"
  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp - Winner!
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian Acreman
  • “Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Now's a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst
Nominations for "Best Micro Comedy Short Film"
  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • "The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines and Bruno Alvarado
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • "The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III - Winner!
  • “Now's a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst
Nominations for "Funniest Music Video"
  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Directed by Lance Khazei - Winner!
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by Brian Kohne
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith
Nominations for Best Cinematography
  • “Business Trip” DP Anoop Lokkur
  • “El Audifono” DP Marc Milo - Winner!
  • "The Cinephiles” DP Cesar Vallejos Cheng
  • “Doucheaholics” DP Mikul Eriksson
  • “The Driving Seat” DP Adrian Brown
Nominations for Best Editing
  • “NAMCAR” Edited by Alan Wagner - Winner!
  • “McClane” Editing by Stanley Sievers
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Edited by Yishan Lin
  • “Doucheaholics” Edited by Dustin Strocchia
  • “The Cinephiles” Edited by Chino Pinto
Nominations for Best Original Music
  • “A Bumpy Ride” by Corey Wallace 
  • “The Government is Watching” by Sizzle 
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical” by Andy Byrd - Winner!
  • "Party Pooper" by Gabriel Sayre 
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith
Nominations for Best Actress
  • Elizabeth O'Callaghant in “Business Trip”
  • Maria Alfonsa Rosso in “El Audifono”
  • Kim Shaw in "Exit Survey”- Winner!
  • Janie Dee in “The Driving Seat”
  • Sara Benincasa in "The Focus Group"
Nominations for Best Actor
  • Patrick Shivers in “Party Pooper”
  • Nick Bezmaterny in “McClane”
  • Bradley James Duffy in “Dr. Sunshine's Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Kyle Holsinger in "Fair Games"
  • Ryan O'Toole in "Marigolds"- Winner!
Nominations for Best Supporting Actress
  • Jamie Taylor in “Dr. Sunshine's Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Abby Webb in “Smooth Moves”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell in “Doucheaholics”
  • Kristy Lussier in “Gynecologist: The Musical”
  • Brianna Oppenheimer in "Honey Pot”- Winner!
Nominations for Best Supporting Actor
  • Jesse Salazar IV in “The Box Boy”- Winner!
  • Wlliam Woods in “McClane”
  • Blake Cooper Griffin in “Exit Survey"
  • Kenneth Wayne Bradley in "The Bitters Truth" 
  • Guy F. Wicke in Ninja Kitchen
Nominations for Single Funniest Moment
  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon - Winner!
  • “Now's a Bad Time" Directed by Michael Oberst
  • “Dr. Sunshine” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
Nominations for Best Texas Film
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III 
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey 
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis 
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter - Winner!
  • "Fair Games" Directed by Grant Moore
Nominations for Best Director
  • "Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • "Fair Games" Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd - Winner!
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • "The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
Nominations for Best Ensemble Cast
  • “McClane”
  • “Now's a Bad Time”
  • “Doucheaholics”
  • "Ninja Kitchen"
  • "The Bitters Truth" - Winner!
Nominations for "Best Comedy Screenplay"
  • “The Poor Man's Agent” written by Tyler Cochran - Download Screenplay
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly” written by Troy Graham
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson - Download Screenplay
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura Koons - Winner!
  • “Actors Anonymous” written by Marilyn Swick

Monday, October 10, 2016

"The Party Pooper" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

A man is forced to go number two at a party and discovers that there is no toilet paper in the bathroom.

Director Kurt Schneider
Kurt Schneider is a Director and a Producer at Eightfold Creative. Kurt graduated from Michigan State University with two separate degrees in film and business marketing. As a young child filmmaking became one of Kurt's biggest hobbies. He is known for his sense of humor and comedic timing which translates directly into many of his films. Kurt is also known for his empathy and his ability to relate to others. This has allowed him to have great success in the cause marketing arena. During his time at Michigan State University, Kurt was a scholarship athlete on the Track and Field team. He was a 2-time All-American in the decathlon and was academic All-Conference.

"McClane" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

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When a renegade cop employs unconventional methods, does the end justify the means?

Director Stanley Sievers
Director:
Stanley Sievers is a writer/director based in Chicago, IL. Previously, his short "Billy Goat" was nominated for best short under five minutes at Austin Comedy Film Festival. He directs shorts with his sketch group, PVRTY WOLF. Combined, the members of PVRTY WOLF have training at renowned Chicago comedy theaters iO Chicago, Annoyance Theater, and Second City as well as Columbia College Chicago. Stanley's favorite thing to do is write/direct comedy and make his friends laugh.

Director Statement
McClane was born out of my love/hate for the "rogue cop" stereotype that's ever so prevalent in movies & tv today. On one hand, I love to watch action packed scenes where one person is throwing everything to the wind and following their instincts. On the other hand, I couldn't help but imagine what that would look like in real life. Directing McClane helped me find the inherent comedy in that idea.

"Gynecologist: The Musical" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

An unsuspecting Sarah Peters is in for the surprise of her life when she visits her new gynecologist's office for the first time. The doctor is in ...



"Doomsday Ready" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016

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Homemade movie from a Doomsday survivalist and prepper, as he prepares for the impending collapse of civilisation, which maybe sooner then he thinks.

Director Mark Jackson

Saturday, October 8, 2016

"Honey Pot" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016



Summary: "After picking up a dippy blonde on the side of the road, Frank; a lonely yet affable livestock inseminator, throws caution to the wind by using his professional skills for a more pleasurable pursuit."
Director Merve Tekin
Merve Tekin, the director, is born and raised in Istanbul/Turkey. She is working in film/TV industry for 14 years. She has shot TV shows in New York and mostly in her original country Turkey. She directed 600 episodes of TV show which is sold to 22 countries all over the world. She has shot a feature documentary about the big riot in Turkey in 2013 which is in post production process. After shooting this documentary, she moved to Los Angeles to study film.