September 30, 2016

“Flight Fright” Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016

“Flight Fright” will screen at the Portland Comedy Film Festival on October 14, 2016. A lot of people say they have a fear of flying-but this guy has a GREAT reason! A spoof on the Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 feet,” This one will keep you on the edge of your chair…and wanting a hamburger? An airline passenger with a fear of
flying starts to see strange things after taking his nerve medicine.
Comedy spoof of the Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare At 20,000
Feet”.

Jim Politano is a
director/producer/writer based out of Chandler, Arizona and is the
owner of Dreamlook Productions LLC.
September 30, 2016

Nominations for Best Screenplay: Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016

The following are the nominations for the Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016. 12 Judge read every page of every submission and determined that these three were the best comedy short screenplays. The winner will be announced on October 14, 2016 after the films have screened at the PCFF. Good luck screenwriters, we hope to see these films on the big screen one day.

“1-800-WITCHES
Gotta Burn”
by Tim Carpenter and Matt White

Summary: After
his pregnant wife is kidnapped by a coven of witches, Irvin Ajax
starts a witch hunting business to track down his wife and
exterminate those responsible.

Writer Biography: Tim Carpenter and Matt White have been writing and making comedy skits, short films and music videos since sophomore year in high school. They are shamelessly still doing the exact same thing in their 30’s just with a hell of a lot more experience and skill. 

Tim Carpenter and Matt White
“Becoming Bigfoot” by Sean Whitley (Allen, Texas)

Summary: Jeff
Stevens no longer identifies as a man, but as a Sasquatch, and with
the aid of a plastic surgeon, his journey to Squatchhood is portrayed
on the reality series “Becoming Bigfoot.”

Writer Biography: Sean
Whitley is a producer and scriptwriter who’s worked in such diverse
media genres as documentary, reality TV, animation, travel, and
cooking series. Some of the networks for which he’s written and
produced include Spike TV, SPEED Channel, The Cartoon Network, MTV,
Turner Classic Movies, TLC, HGTV, GAC, REELZ, Chiller, and The
Cooking Channel. He’s
also written hundreds of English-language adaptations of such anime
series as “One Piece,” “Darker Than Black,”
“Ghost In The Shell: Arise” and “Trinity Blood,”
to name just a few. Sean
also wrote and directed “Southern Fried Bigfoot” – no not a
recipe – but a documentary about the Bigfoot legends of the American
South. It’s currently in broadcast rotation on Destination America.

“Pen and Pixel” by Devone Jones (San Diego, California)

Summary: On
the day of a pop quiz, Pen and Pencil meet each other on a classroom
desk. Meanwhile Samantha has been juggling between work and school,
she misplaces the cap to her favorite pen.

Screenwriter Devone Jones
September 29, 2016

“Marigolds” Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016

Director Jillian Acerman’s film “Marigolds” was well received by the PCFF Judges and will screen on October 14, 2016. Below are some of the reviews:

“Interesting concept dealing with legacy/immortality. clever writing, very funny …”
“… this film was very funny, visual and the cinematography was a home run.”
September 29, 2016

“I Do Yoga” Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016

The Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016
is proud to screen a very funny music video directed by Natasha Pearl
Hansen and Nardeep Khurmi. Jari Aanestad and Radhika Vekaria have a
natural talent for capturing some of the ridiculous character types
that do Yoga and creating a fun video that will entertain those that
know of someone that takes their Yoga way too seriously. Funny
performances with Natasha Pearl Hansen, Courtney Arnett, Briana
Hansen, Dana MoonKey, and Jaclyn Marfuggi will get plenty of laughs
at the first PCFF on October 14, 2016.

January 1, 2016

MOUSSE, a Swedish Comedy Short Film with a lot of awards.

Mousse trailer from John Hellberg on Vimeo.

I was recently contacted John Hellberg from the Comedy Film “Mousse” that has been on the independent festival circuit for a few years. This 41 minute film is too long for our current format, and will not screen at PCFF, but I have seen the film and it is amazing. The cinematography, color, acting and overall production value of this film are outstanding and you can tell that a lot of deep thought and hard work was put into this film. Please support this film and go see it, if it happens to play in your area. Here are a list of awards and screening so far.

  1. Winner of “Best Comedy” –
    Honolulu Film Awards 2013, Hawaii, US, 2013-04-13
  2. Winner of Platinum Remi Award Best
    Short Comedy – 46th Annual International Independent Film Festival
    (Worldfest Houston), Texas, US, 2013-04-12/21
  3. Best Short Drama – Twin Rivers Film
    Festival 2013, Asheville, US, 2013-05-17/24
  4. Best Director of a Feature Film –
    Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2013, US, 2013-10-03/04
  5. Best Actress in a Feature Film
    (Marienette Dahlin) – Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2013, US,
    2013-10-xx
  6. Nominated in 9 categories – Maverick
    Movie Awards 2013, US, 2013-11-xx
  7. Best Picture – Maverick Movie Awards
    2013, US, 2013-11-xx
  8. Best Screenplay – Maverick Movie Awards
    2013, US, 2013-11-xx
  9. Nominated to Golden Reel Award –
    Tiburon International Film Festival 2014, US, 2014-04-10/18
  10. Best Film – WILDsound Toronto Film
    Festival 2014, Canada, 2014-04-30
  11. Best Overall Performance (actors) –
    WILDsound Toronto Film Festival 2014, Canada, 2014-04-30
  12. Best Cinematography (Johan Helmer) –
    WILDsound Toronto Film Festival 2014, Canada, 2014-04-30
  13. Best Original Score (Adam Hagstrand) –
    WILDsound Toronto Film Festival 2014, Canada, 2014-04-30
  14. Founder’s Award (Best of Fest) –
    ReelHeART International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada,
    2014-06-30.
  15. Best Short – ReelHeART International
    Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada, 2014-06-30.
  16. Best Cinematography (Johan Helmer) –
    ReelHeART International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada,
    2014-06-30.
  17. Best Actress (Marienette Dahlin) –
    ReelHeART International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada,
    2014-06-30.
  18. Best Actor (Stéphane Bertola) –
    ReelHeART International Film Festival 2014, Toronto, Canada,
    2014-06-30.
  19. Best Short Professional – Real to Reel
    International Film Festival 2014, North Carolina, US, 2014-07-09/12
  20. Best Film – 3rd Kolkata Shorts
    International Film Festival, Calcutta, India, 2014-08-09
  21. Audience Award “Vezenina” –
    Kočevje Film Festival 2014, Kočevje, Slovenia, 2014-08-30
  22. Best Cinematography (Johan Helmer) –
    Indian Cine Film Festival-14, Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), India,
    2014-09-27
  23. 1st Place Winner – Highway 61 Film
    Festival 2014, Pine City, Minneapolis, US, 2014-10-03/05
  24. Best Short Narrative – The Jersey City
    International Television and Film Festival 2014 – JCITFF –
    2014-10-17/19, New Jersey, US
  25. Best Director – The Jersey City
    International Television and Film Festival 2014 – JCITFF –
    2014-10-17/19, New Jersey, US
  26. Nominated to Cinematic Achievement
    Award – Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival 2014,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014-10-25/29
  27. Winner Outstanding Foreign Language
    Film – 2014 Weyauwega International Film Festival, Wisconsin, US,
    2014-11-12/15
  28. Winner Award of Excellence –
    International Film Festival Documentary and Short, Djakarta,
    Indonesia, 2014-11-26
  29. Winner Special Mention Screenplay –
    LECCE Film Fest, Italy, 2014-12-26/29
  30. Best Picture Feature Honorable Mention
    – Flathead Lake International Cinefest, Polson, Montana, US,
    2015-01-23/25
  31. Winner of Founder’s Award – North
    Carolina Film Awards, US, 2015-01-01-/30
  32. Winner of the Kinova, award for Best
    Cinematography – Semana Internacional del Cortometraje de San Roque,
    Cádiz, Spain, 2015-02-02/06
  33. Winner of “Best Short” –
    Beloit International Film Festival, Illinois, USA, 2015-02-20/03-01
  34. “Special Mention” – The Byron
    Bay International Film Festival, Australia, 2015-03-06/15
  35. Best Screenplay – Brooklyn Audience
    Now, New York, US, 2015-03-21/25
  36. Short Film Winner – The Buenos Aires
    Festival of New Cinema, Argentina, 2015-03-30
  37. Award for Best Short Narrative –
    Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, Mississippi, US, 2015-04-09/12
  38. Best Story Writing, Darbhanga
    International Film Festival, India
  39. Navi Mumbai International FilmFestival,
    India, 2015-05-29/31 Best Film in Fiction
  40. Winner of Delani Award. – Alaska
    International Film Awards, US, 2015-06-15
  41. Opening Film – Winner of 2 Sylvias:
    “Best Foreign Film” (Juried Award) + “Best in Show
    Narrative” (Audience Choice Award) – Rome International Film
    Festival, Georgia, U.S.A, 2015-09-10/13
  42. Best Short Film: Silver Award – Best
    Director: Bronze Award – Best Screenplay: Bronze Award – L.A. Shorts
    Awards, Los Angeles, U.S.A, 2015-09-25
  43. Feature – Honorable Mention –
    Underfunded FF, Pleasant Grove, Utah, U.S.A, 2015-10-06
  44. Best Foreign Film – Nominations: Best
    Foreign Country; Best Director; Best Male Supporting – Red Dirt FF –
    Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.A, 2015-10-09/10
  45. Special Mention – Filmmaker IFF,
    Marbella, Spain.
  46. Special Prize – PRVI KADAR-IFF, East
    Sarajevo, Bosnia.
  47. Winner Best Short Film – Just4Shorts,
    LA, US
  48. Winner Best Foreign Short; Best
    International Short Comedy – Wendy’s Shorts, Austin, Texas, US
  49. Winner Best Narrative Short – Cutting
    Edge FF, Florida, US
  50. BaNeFF doc:short 2015, Kungsängen,
    2015-12-21- Speciellt Pris (kortfilm)

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