Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival
The Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival is a new event coming to Manchester on October 31st and November 1stat the Comedy Store in Deansgate, Manchester. The idea behind the event is to allow those who want to break into the comedy film and T.V. production a chance to do just that.
The beauty of this event is that it’s not only aimed at finding new writers, but also actors, producers, comedians and directors, which really opens up the realms of opportunity for those who have the talent.
People wanting to get into the industry can submit a short comedic film to a leading panel of judges. Over the course of the two days, there will also be a programme of panel discussions and workshops held by experts in the industry.
The judges who will be eyeing up new talent are:
- Charlie Hanson, BAFTA winning producer
whose recent credits include Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant�s TV
series Extras, as well as their film Cemetery Junction
- Jon Mountague, BBC Comedy North executive producer
- Leslee Udwin, East is East and soon-to-be-released sequel West is West producer
- Don Ward, founder of The Comedy Store
- Lindsay Hughes, Executive Producer and Head of Talent, Baby Cow
- Andy Baker, Managing director of global filmmakers community Mofilm
- Henry Normal, co-founder of Baby Cow
There will also be a selection of well known and talented associates who have partnered with Cofilmic, contributed work and may even help out with judging. One of their new partners is 2entertain, one the UK's leading independent publishers of video and music. Having already published the likes of Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers, 2entertain already have some impressive names under their belt.
Stuart Snaith, Managing Director of 2entertain, was 'very excited to be able to support a new digital platform which promotes upcoming comedy talent in the UK by creating short form content. Cofilmic will provide a platform that inspires aspiring comedians to take a step in to this exciting world.' With the height of attention that the festival has already gained, Cofilmic is well on its way to becoming that significant platform. 2entertain will also be offering exclusive opportunities to Cofilmic participants.
On the evening of 1st November an awards ceremony will be held to celebrate the winning films as chosen by the judging panel. This ceremony will also be held at the Comedy Store.
On the evening of 1st November an awards ceremony will be held to celebrate the winning films as chosen by the judging panel. The audience will have the chance to view the shortlisted films and vote for four of their favourites to be shown alongside those selected by the judges. These films will be shown as part of the Cofilmic 'Best of the Festival' UK tour. Awards to be given include Best Comedy Film, Best Sitcom Pilot, Best Sketch and Best Performer (newcomer), as well as a collection of impressive prizes including face-to-face sessions with some leading industry experts. This ceremony will also be held at the Comedy Store alogn with all of the other events. As with all of the events tickets are necessary to attend, and can be booked here: http://tinyurl.com/cofilmic.
A Little Bit of Background…
The Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival is the brainchild of Manchester businesswoman Janet Harrison; she produced her first short comedy film in 2010, and whilst working on new comedy features of her own, was eager to give others the chance to also find their way up the comedy ladder. After finding a lack of a dedicated comedy festival and wanting to encourage a heritage of comedy in the North West, Janet was eager to create something new. Collaborating with comedy and film professionals in the North West, the Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival was born.
She hopes that this will kick start a new Comedy Era in the North West, and so far its popularity – tying in with the recent Manchester Comedy Festival – is giving it a good head start. Janet recently proclaimed: ‘we’ve been amazed by the number of entries in our first year. It is shaping up to be fantastic event, with a fantastic range of films full of talent and originality. The quality of the films has been incredible and includes work from some well known names.’