The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the largest comedy film festival in the USA, will head East to Hartfiord's Mark Twain House & Museum this month.
The "Festival Encore" will run Friday, Feb. 24; Saturday, Feb. 25; and Sunday, Feb. 26 and will be presented by the Connecticut Film Festival, which since 2005 has been offering edgy and innovative filmmaking in the state, including a major annual festival in Danbury.
The event will include the presentation of a "Commie" award for comedic writing and producing excellence to Bristol-native Mike Reiss, who has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his 21 years writing for"The Simpsons." Reiss recently premiered his new play "I'm Connecticut" at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
The festival will also kick off a monthly series of independent films at the museum on the fourth Friday of every month, also presented by the Connecticut Film Festival. The series will include the inaugural Viva Cinema Film Festival in July, an offering of films highlighting Latino arts, ideas and cultures
The L.A. Comedy Shorts East Coast Encore is described as one that is "dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent in a non-stop smackdown of more than 80 comedic short films with screenings, industry panels, and lots of filmmaker networking."
L.A. Comedy Shorts East Coast Encore will include receptions, parties, the "Commie" awards presentation, and other day and evenuing events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The heart of the festival is the films themselves, shown in 90-minute "blocks" of 8-10 films each: the Opening Night Celebrity Shorts Block; As Seen on TV; Boys, Toys & Goys; Male Pattern Badness (featuring Atom.com); Best Of The 2009 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival; East Vs West - Show Us Your Best Short; Better Than Birth Control; Shut Your Wormhole; Stone-Cold Busted; Best Of The 2010 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival; Mo' Money, Mo' Ninjas; Fish & Chicks; Liars and Tigers and Bears; and Best Of The 2011 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Panels include Paper to Pitch to Gettiní Rich; Let's Get Digital, Digital; Famous People Talking about S&*%; and If You Want Something Done 'Write.'
For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.ctfilmfest.com.
Admission to individual screenings and workshops is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. An All Access Pass, which gets you into all screenings, workshops, receptions Friday through Sunday, is $125. A VIP All Access Pass is $175.
A Day Pass for Friday or Saturday -- which includes all screenings, workshops and that evening's reception -- is $45. A Sunday Day Pass is $35.
An Evening Film & Party Pass is $25. It's is good Friday and Saturday nights and includes screening and pre- and post-film receptions catered by Executive Chef Michael Bick's Some Things Fishy Catering.
Seating for this weekend event is extremely limited and it is recommended that attendees purchase their tickets and passes ahead of time.
All special passes and tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ctfilmfest.com and clicking on the "L.A. Comedy Shorts East Coast Encore" link. Tickets and passes will be available the week of the festival at The Mark Twain House & Museum box office.
Because of the adult nature of much of the material, the event is PG-13/R-Rated.