Monthly Archives: October 2016
Monthly Archives: October 2016
Nominations for “Most Original Concept”
Nominations for “Best Animated Comedy Film”
Nominations for “Best Comedy Short Film”
Nominations for “Best Micro Comedy Short Film”
Nominations for “Funniest Music Video”
Nominations for Best Cinematography
Nominations for Best Editing
Nominations for Best Original Music
Nominations for Best Actress
Nominations for Best Actor
Nominations for Best Supporting Actress
Nominations for Best Supporting Actor
Nominations for Single Funniest Moment
Nominations for Best Texas Film
Nominations for Best Director
Nominations for Best Ensemble Cast
|Director Kurt Schneider|
|Director Stanley Sievers|
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.
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.
|Director Mark Jackson|
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
Summary: “Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.”
|Actor Brian George|
Starring Brian George (Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld), “Fanny Pack” is a fun film about the ridiculous double standard of the TSA and the challenges that minorities face when trying to get through security at the airport.
|Director Utter Singh|
Harold attempts to save his failing relationship by dragging his girlfriend to the fair. The couple gets a lot more than they bargained for when they’re mistaken for mob informants and kidnapped. The couple will have to use their wits to escape, if they ever realize they’re in danger!
|Grant Moore, Director|
Grant Moore is an award-winning filmmaker hailing from Dallas, Texas. Grant graduated with a B.S. in Film-Television-Digital Media from Texas Christian University and is currently earning his MFA in Directing at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Grant enjoys making people laugh and making his mother second guess her parenting skills through his art.
Dutch-American filmmaker Heather Fink came to filmmaking from comedy. She has been making funny videos since she was a kid, growing up in a small town in New Jersey. She started performing standup comedy in NYC in 2005, and continued making funny videos, doing improv, and sketch comedy. In 2009 she began NYU’s Grad Film program as Writer/Director. As a filmmaker she’s directed top comedy talents, including Hannibal Buress, Zach Cregger, Angela Trimbur, Will Hines, Kevin Allison, Sara Benincasa, Curtis Gwinn, Bobby Tisdale, Slovin and Allen, and Ann Carr. Before entering NYU’s Graduate Film Program as writer/director, she was educated at GWU in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, as well as training in theatre and the arts. Her upcoming MFA thesis film, “Inside You,” is her feature debut. Heather and “The Focus Group” writer/star Sara Benincasa have collaborated on various projects for eight years.
One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect…
Phil Lowe has a twin background in creative arts and business psychology: after reading English at Cambridge University, he trained as an actor at The Drama Studio London, and worked as a writer and performer in young people’s theatre, and in radio comedy for the BBC and Capital Radio. He also holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from London University and an MA in Screenwriting from the University of the Arts London. Much of his writing work draws on his business background: he has co-authored two business books and was co-deviser and writer of seven series of The Board Game for BBC Radio 4. He has featured as a business expert on BBC Breakfast (BBC1) Today (Radio 4) and Newstalk (Radio 5 Live) and is a leadership consultant for a number of international companies. Phil is the author of two novels, The Mouth of the Fleet and Dying to Be Famous. He is currently developing a touring comedy theatre show and several scripts for the screen, including the dark RomCom Get Happy! which won the Grand Prize for comedy in the New York Screenplay contest.
I like to use comedy as a vehicle to get audiences to engage with themes that are more substantial than they might have expected; they think they’re watching a comedy, then on their way home find themselves having a serious discussion about what they’ve seen. This film started as a fairly light comic premise – a middle aged couple deciding to have sex in their car – but as I worked on the script, and then rehearsed with the actors, we found that we were exploring something quite fundamental about long term relationships. I hope that audiences will also find it equally funny and thought provoking.