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Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival and Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition Calling For Entries

January 23, 2011 | By | 1 Comment

Terrence Flamm

The Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival and the Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition recently announced the deadlines for accepting submissions for their July, 2011 showcases. Both are sponsored by Wits’ End Productions, and are juried competitions restricted to Chicago-area filmmakers. Entries for the Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival must be under 10 minutes long, and need to be submitted by March 14th. The Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition deadline for entries, which should be between 20 and 30 minutes, is March 4th. Rules and entry forms can be found at the Wits’ End Productions website.

Now in its 14th year, the Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival was created by Marion Sours and Willy Laszlo, who had made comedy shorts together. Their quest to expand the market for their work resulted in the first Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival being staged before an audience of over 700 people at the Ivanhoe Theatre in 1998. After Laszlo moved to L.A. in 2005, he was replaced by local writer/performer M.T. Cozzola and James Gustin, who owns a production company called Fig Media. 2005 also saw the addition of the Best of the Festival Award, which is determined by a live jury. Over the years, the Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival has drawn celebrity guest appearances by people like SNL alum writer/performer Tim Kazurinsky, Annoyance Theatre and Second City director Mick Napier, Improv Olympic Director Charna Halpern, and filmmakers Dan and Paul Dinello.

Submissions to the Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition, which is now in its 5th year, are judged by a jury made up of entertainment industry executives. This year’s panel includes Jim Donnelly, Director of Development at CBS Paramount Network Television; television literary agent Lindsay Ferguson from the United Talent Agency; and Jim Sharp, the Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development – West Coast, at Comedy Central. The judges don’t attend the competition; entries are sent to them on DVDs. The winner will receive a $500 prize from Optimus, a Chicago-based post-production house.


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  1. Great, thanks for the info!

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