The upcoming COFILMIC comedy film festival has announced some pretty stellar new prizes and has extended the submission deadline accordingly. With the event itself taking place on the 29-30 th October, prospective filmmakers now have until the 5 th September to get their entries in.
The first exciting new development is that top digital channel Comedy Central has thrown their support behind the festival. Comedy Central’s Director of Development and Content Sarah Farrell joins the COFILMIC judging panel which already boasts BAFTA winning producer Charline Hanson (Extras, Life’s Too Short) and BBC Comedy Commissioning editor Krisitan Smith. Comedy Central will sponsor an ‘Industry Choice’ award which will go to one lucky sitcom pilot with the winning entry being showcased on the Comedy Central Website and it’s creators enjoying a one-to-one meeting with Comedy Central.
COFILMIC founder Janet Harrison adds: “We’re delighted that Comedy Central has chosen to support our festival in this way. Not only does Sarah bring her expertise, but the prizes they offer are fantastic – and add real value to the other opportunities already available.”
Comedy Central’s Sarah Farrell, said: ““We’re always hungry to find the next writing star and are pleased to be working with the good people at COFILMIC.”
Read the full press release here: http://www.cofilmic.co.uk/2012/08/comedy-central-prize-announced/
The second big COFILMIC announcement is that the festival has also teamed up with Picturehouse Cinemas who themselves are now offering two prizes at the event. Firstly they will choose a ‘Picturehouse Pic’ which will be a short comedy film or sketch selected by their experienced team of programmers which will then be showcased on the main page of their website for a period of 12 months, along with a short profile of the winning team behind the film. Secondly, Picturehouse will sponsor a ‘Best of the Festival tour’ which will see the winners and runners up from the 2012 festival being showcased at selected Picturehouse Cinemas across the country.
Madeleine Mullett, programmer at Picturehouse Cinemas said: “Picturehouse Cinemas are delighted to collaborate with and support COFILMIC, an organisation that is bringing wonderful talent to our screens across the country and a breath of joy to the film industry! For future funny people it starts here. We also hope to build on our relationship by hosting workshops with COFILMIC later in the year, and to roll-out any successful models across the country.”
Read the full press release here: http://www.cofilmic.co.uk/2012/08/cofilmic-announces-exciting-new-opportunities-and-prizes-with-picturehouse-cinemas/
The COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival 2012 will be held at The Comedy Store, Manchester on 29 – 30 October, offering a programme of panel discussions, showcases and the COFILMIC Awards.