GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 12, 2014 – The 3rd Annual Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest (LOLSFF) will screen its World Premiere as part of 2014 Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter.  Since its inception, LaughFest has averaged 55,000 attendees per year, with proceeds going to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. LOLSFF’s World Premiere event will be held at Grand Rapids Compass Arts Academy on Wednesday March 12th, at 8pm.

 

Making it in the film industry is tough.  While that is certainly true for actors, it’s equally difficult for filmmakers working behind the camera.  Film festivals are their best hope for getting noticed, but most of America will never see their work.  The Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest, screening at theatres throughout North America, aims to change that.

“Our film is a compilation of short comedies from some of the best undiscovered filmmaking talent in the world,” says Joe Edick, Founder of the Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest, now in its 3rd year. 

It’s an unusual spin to the typical film festival product.  Most festivals are held in a single location and show film over the course of several days, requiring a huge time commitment and expense.

“We’ve strung together 11 short comedies from 5 different countries,” adds Edick.  “The time commitment is under 2 hours and it screens at traditional movie theatres, not makeshift venues that are often found on the traditional film festival circuit.”

Filmmakers submit their work to festivals around the world hoping to gain notoriety that leads into a feature film career.

“Filmmakers dream of having their work seen at theatres across the country on the same screens as the big budget Hollywood blockbusters,” states Edick.  “We’re simply helping them get in front of traditional theatre audiences a little quicker.”

Two awards and $2,500 in cash prizes will be given to two filmmakers in this year’s Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest.  An award for BEST SHORT COMEDY is being judged by a panel of film-buying professionals from the motion picture industry.  Audiences attending the LOL Short Film Fest will also have a voice by determining the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD.

“At the end of the film, information appears on-screen telling movie-goers how to vote for their favorite short using their cell phone or other mobile device,” says Edick.  “Vote totals from each city will be added together to determine the winner.  It’s fun for the audience to actually take part in the event and affect the outcome of the award.”

Admission to the 2012 LOLSFF World Premier is FREE. For additional information and to watch the full length 2014 LOLSFF trailer go to www.lolsff.com.  For 2014 Gilda’s LaughFest ticketing information please visit www.laughfestgr.org or call (616)735-HAHA (4242).  The 2014 Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest opens April 18th at select theatres throughout the country and will complete its theatrical run by May, 29th.

 

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., in various schools and in five community centers. For more information, visit www.gildasclubgr.org.