Submissions Now Open for 2016 LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

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Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival is back for its fifth year at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas in 2016 with new dates and a new programming strategy, and the festival is looking for comedy films with brains, heart and courage.

The London Comedy Film Festival is accepting submissions.New British shorts and feature films that have not had theatrical distribution, and new international comedy feature films that have never been screened in the UK are all eligible for inclusion. Last year's LOCO’s Discovery Award winner for best new feature film by Brett Goldstein and Jon Drever's SuperBob went on to secure an international theatrical and on-demand release.

Denise Hicks, co-founder and director of LOCO said, "LOCO has always believed that comedy can do more than make you laugh: at its best it’s a way for film-makers to look at social issues, ethical dilemmas and universal human experiences in an entertaining way. Now in it's fifth year, I can't wait to hear from comedy film-makers with something to say". 

Jonathan Wakeham, co-founder and programmer of LOCO said, "Comedy can be a safe space for dangerous ideas. And this can be just as true of a Hollywood blockbuster as it is of a low budget independent film. So, inspired by The Wizard of Oz, we’re looking for comedy films with brains, heart and courage".

Submissions are open until November 30. The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival will run April 14-24, 2016, so LOCO can host the UK premieres of new films from Sundance, Berlin and SXSW for the first time. The full program of screenings, live events and training will be announced on February 1, 2016.

For more information and how to submit, please visit