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September 16, 2017

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival: Fall 2017 submissions are closed

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November 14-15, 2017 @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Lakeline

Thank you to all of you that have submitted your films and screenplays to the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival: Fall 2017 via Withoutabox, FilmFreeway and Festhome. Our 21 judges have completed their ratings and reviews. We will be posting the official selections very soon and will also have more information about the event which will take place on November 14-15, 2017 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Lakeline in Austin, Texas.

October 11, 2016

“The Party Pooper” Official Selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016

Summary: “A man is forced to go number two at a party and discovers that there is no toilet paper in the bathroom.”

Director Kurt Schneider
Kurt Schneider is a Director and a Producer at Eightfold Creative. Kurt graduated from Michigan State University with two separate degrees in film and business marketing. As a young child filmmaking became one of Kurt’s biggest hobbies. He is known for his sense of humor and comedic timing which translates directly into many of his films. Kurt is also known for his empathy and his ability to relate to others. This has allowed him to have great success in the cause marketing arena. During his time at Michigan State University, Kurt was a scholarship athlete on the Track and Field team. He was a 2-time All-American in the decathlon and was academic All-Conference.
October 2, 2016

“**IT HAPPENS” Official Selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2016

Summary: “Kyle has a daily schedule that keeps
him from encountering his fear of public restrooms.”

The Austin Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 will screen “**IT Happens”, a comedy short film from Dallas, Texas that is sure to entertain the audience at the Alamo Drafthouse – Lakeline on Monday October 24th, 2016.

Director Jesse Acosta

At 14 years old, Jesse Acosta was
inspired by YouTubers to create his own content and soon after found
filmmaking. Since then, he has been writing, directing, and editing:
films, documentaries, music videos, and web shows. Most of his work
has been school/student based; however, recently he completed his
first non-school short film: **IT HAPPENS (2016, Comedy). Outside his
personal projects, he has served as co-director, director of
photography, editor, and camera operator. Now, at 21 years old, he
founded Small Camera Pictures and is attending the University of
Texas at Austin to focus in directing while also studying World
History.

April 14, 2016

2016 Spring ACSFF Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Austin Comedy Short Film Festival: Spring 2016 Awards from April 19th, 2016 in Austin, Texas have been announced.
ACSFF Spring 2016 “Best Actor” Nominations
  1. Kevin Traynor in “Billy” (Michigan) – Winner
  2. Chris Kervick in “Sunday Funday”
    (Chicago, Illinois)
  3. James Enstall in “Call to Darkness”
    (Saint Charles, Missouri)
  4. Jose Ramallo in “What’s Up!”
    (Spain)
  5. Thomas van Luyn in “Lockbuster”
    (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Best Actress”
Nominations

  1. Paige Snider in “(UN)Sexy”
    (Richmond, Virginia)
  2. Wendy Raquel Robinson in “I’ll Text
    You” (Los Angeles, California) – Winner
  3. Jessica Serfaty in “Eiffel Tower”
    (Los Angeles, California)
  4. Vivian Bang in “Bipolar and Cheese”
    (Los Angeles, California)
  5. Natalie Palamides in “Burning
    Bridges: The Accidental Porn Star” (Hollywood, California)

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Best Supporting Actor”
Nominations

  1. Bryce Dannenberg in “Billy”
    (Michigan)
  2. Alastair James Murdeni in “Bipolar
    and Cheese” (Los Angeles, California)
  3. Dan Prevette in “Burning Bridges: The
    Accidental Porn Star” (Hollywood, California)
  4. Trey Huguley in “17 Minutes in Texas:The Zombie Apocalypse” (Austin, Texas) – Winner
  5. Casey Webb in “Jedi Club” (Newark,
    New Jersey)

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Supporting Actress”
Nominations

  1. Amy Vorpahl in “We’ll Get It” (Los
    Angeles, California)
  2. Laura Leroy-Alcantara in “Ellipsis”
    (Paris, France)
  3. Brittney Timmons in “Yes and I Do”
    (Los Angeles, California)
  4. Suki Peters “Call to Darkness”
    (Saint Charles, Missouri) – Winner
  5. Kimberly Bigsby “We’ll Get It” (Los
    Angeles, California)
ACSFF 2016 “Best Ensemble Cast”
Nominations
  1. “Eiffel Tower” (Los Angeles,
    California)
  2. “Jedi Club” (Newark, New Jersey)
  3. “Putting Yourself Out There”
    (Austin, Texas)
  4. “Rent Money” (Casselberry, FL) – Winner
  5. “17 Minutes in Texas: The Zombie
    Apocalypse” (Austin, Texas)

ACSFF 2016 “Best Cinematography”
Nominations

  1. “Lockbuster” DP Thijmen Doornik
    (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Winner
  2. “Jedi Club” DP Tony Calentino
    (Newark, New Jersey)
  3. “Paper Thin” DP Kevin A. Fraser
    (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  4. “Red Handed” DP Joshua C. Fry
    (United Kingdom)
  5. “The Locksmith” DP Yiannis
    Papanastasopoulos (Greece)

ACSFF 2016 “Best Texas Film”
Nominations

  1. “Kenny’s Last Day” Directed by
    Andrew Brooks (Austin, Texas)
  2. “Putting Yourself Out There”
    Directed by JJ Pollack (Austin, Texas)
  3. “17 Minutes in Texas: The Zombie
    Apocalypse” (Austin, Texas) – Winner

ACSFF 2016 “Best Comedy Short Film”
Nominations

  1. “(UN)Sexy” (Richmond, Virginia)
  2. “Jedi Club” (Newark, New Jersey) – Winner
  3. “Rent Money” (Casselberry, FL)
  4. “Bipolar and Cheese” (Los Angeles,
    California)
  5. “Native Immigration” (United
    Kingdom)

ACSFF 2016 “Best Micro Short Comedy
Film” Nominations

  1. “Billy Goat” (Chicago, Illinois)
  2. “Yes and I Do” (Los Angeles,
    California)
  3. “ArachNO!”(St Marys , Ohio)
  4. “Burning Bridges: The Accidental Porn
    Star” (Hollywood, California)
  5. “I’ll Text You” (Los Angeles,
    California) – Winner

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Single Funniest Moment”
Nominations

  1. “ArachNO!”  (St Marys , Ohio) – Winner
  2. “Martin Just Wants to Be Beautiful” (United Kingdom)
  3. “Cake” (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  4. “Burning Bridges: – The Accidental
    Pornstar” (Los Angeles, California)
  5. “I’ll Text You” (Los Angeles,
    California)

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Best Original Music”
Nominations

  1. “Passing History” Composed by Joel
    Moss Levinson (Yellow Springs, Ohio)
  2. “Native Immigration” Composed by
    David Mackay (United Kingdom)
  3. “Billy” Composed by Ryan Harder
    (Michigan) – Winner
  4. “Red Handed” Composed by Toni
    Martin Dobrzanski (United Kingdom)
  5. “Lockbuster” Composed by Juho
    Nurmela (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

ACSFF 2016 “Best Editing”
Nominations

  1. “Red Handed” Edited by Edward
    Andrews (United Kingdom)
  2. “Lockbuster” Editing by Xander
    Nijsten (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  3. “Jedi Club” Edited by Josh Duncan
    Simmons (Newark, New Jersey) – Winner
  4. “Putting Yourself Out There” Edited
    by JJ Pollack (Austin, Texas)
  5. “Ellipsis” Edited by Guillaume
    Dalibert (Paris, France)

ACSFF Spring 2016 “Best Director”
Nominations

  1. “Putting Yourself Out There”
    Directed by JJ Pollack (Austin, Texas)
  2. “Martin Just Wants to Be Beautiful”
    Directed by Alastair Clayton (United Kingdom) – Winner
  3. “Oh Henry” Directed by Sterling
    Sulieman (Los Angeles, California)
  4. “Paper Thin” Directed by Jeff
    Parker (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  5. “Red Handed” Directed by Edward
    Andrews (United Kingdom)

March 27, 2016

2016 Official Selections: Austin Comedy Short Film Festival

The following films are the official selections for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival selected from 313 submissions by filmmakers from around the globe. These films will screen on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM at the Alamo Drafthouse – Lakeline in Austin, Texas. Ticket information and more are coming soon. Please bookmark this page, it will be updated with posters, award nominations, trailers, ticket info and more over the next week. Congratulations! See you there!

  1. “17 Minutes in Texas: The Zombie Apocalypse” Directed by Trey Huguley
  2. “ArachNO!” Directed by Alex Mangen
  3. “Billy Goat” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  4. “Billy” Directed by Tyler Holme
  5. “Bipolar & Cheese” Directed by Scarlet Perez
  6. “Bugman” Directed by Don Eke
  7. “Burning Bridges – The Accidental Pornstar” Directed by Joe Zohar
  8. “Cake” Directed by Michael Ribbens & Josh Tyron
  9. “Call To Darkness” Directed by Chris Ferguson
  10. “Clean Break” Directed by Tim Butcher
  11. Croissant” Directed by Louis Hudson
  12. “Eiffel Tower” Directed by Aynsley Bubbico
  13. “Ellipsis” Directed by Guillaume Dalibert
  14. “Flushed” Directed by Richard Eames
  15. “I’ll Text You” Directed by David Lasdon
  16. “Jedi Club” Directed by Trey Albright & Casey Webb
  17. “Kenny’s Last Day” Directed by Andrew Brooks
  18. “Lockbuster” Directed by Jonathan Elbers
  19. “Martin Just Wants to be Beautiful” Directed by Alastair Clayton
  20. “Native Immigration” Directed by Eric Romero
  21. “Oh Henry” Directed by Sterling Sulieman
  22. “Paper Thin” Directed by Jeff Parker
  23. “Passing History” Directed by Joel Moss Levinson
  24. “Putting Yourself Out There” Directed by JJ Pollack
  25. “Red Handed” Directed by Edward Andrews
  26. “Rent Money” Directed by Harrison Carr
  27. “Spunkle” Directed by Lisa Donato
  28. “Sunday Funday” Directed by Bobby Richards
  29. “The Locksmith” Directed by Miltiades Christides
  30. “(UN)SEXY” Directed by Paige Snider
  31. “We’ll Get It” Directed by Kyle Hansen
  32. “Yes, And I Do!” Directed by David Monster & Nathan Edmondson 
  33. “What’s Up?” Directed by Vasni Ramos

March 27, 2016

“Eiffel Tower” was highly rated by the ACSFF 2016 judges.

The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival will screen the short film “Eiffel Tower” on April 19th, 2016 in Austin, Texas. We are excited to screen films that are directed by women and Aynsley Bubbico did a great job with this film. All of our judges loved the humor, acting and overall production value of this film.
Director Aynsley Bubbico statement about the film. I found it to be a really smart choice to bring on a female director for this piece. The funny and sexual nature of the script could have easily turned into a sexist farce about an unwitting woman being led into the lion’s den, but Ross and Matt wanted more than just a college humor sketch. We agreed that we didn’t want the sexuality to overshadow the comedy of the awkwardness between the characters, (and vice versa) but we didn’t want to shy away from it either.
I particularly felt protective of our actress, Jessica Serfaty, being the only female actor on set as well as the object of both male characters’ affection. We discussed her comfort level and where her “line” was and then she went balls to the wall right up to that line. She was game for anything.
The guys were generous and open to my take on their script, making the whole process far more collaborative than any of us had anticipated. It was important to the writers and myself to keep everything grounded in reality while telling a story about a crazy night in the lives of otherwise “normal” guys, and I feel like we achieved that.

December 31, 2015

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2015: Screenings were a huge success!

The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival launched in 2015 with two different screenings. Both were a huge success and were sellouts at the Alamo Drafthouse – Lakeline.  Here are a list of the films that were screened. Thanks to all of the filmmakers that travelled to Austin for the event and a big thanks to the film enthusiasts that showed up for an evening of fun. In 2016, the ACSFF will be growing even more.

ACSFF 2015 Official Selections (May 12, 2015)
  • “#hugme” Directed by Tania Romero (Round Rock, Texas)
  • A Dark Night at the Wrong House” Directed by Tyler Meyer (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • “All You Do is Shag” Directed by Manu Bueno (Madrid, Spain)
  • Bad Connections” Directed by Romina Schwedler (New York, New York)
  • Bless You Baby (Round Rock, Texas)
  • Blue Division” Directed by Sergi Marti (Spain)
  • Brainstorm (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Busted” by Steven Hirst (Australia)
  • Bwown Bugg (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Coffee Grinder” Directed by Derek Barnes (Toronto, Canada)
  • Death Bed” Directed by Ryan Becken (Minnesota)
  • “Drop It” Directed by Tania Romero (Round Rock, Texas)
  • Framed by a kid: Lollipop Masscare
    (Viimsi, Estonia)
  • Glad You Got a Cat” Directed by Tom Burkhardt (Burbank,
    California)
  • Granny Smith (Australia)
  • Hellth Food (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • “It’s Cold and It’s Dark” Directed by Adam Rosenberg (Boulder,
    Colorado)
  • Jerico (Dallas, Texas)
  • Love Sick Lonnie (Austin, Texas)
  • Monsieur du Lit (Germany)
  • My Kingdom (New York, New York)
  • Online U (Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Pint” Directed by Nic Barker (Australia)
  • Positive Visualization (Los Angeles,
    California)
  • Practice (Alphareta, Georgia)
  • Runner (Spain)
  • Shoe” Directed by Eric Fisher (Los Angeles, California)
  • Sleep Fighter” by Bjorn Tobiasson (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Smithston (Australia)
  • That’s Not Mine (Brooklyn, New York)
  • The Adventures of Meow Meow (Toronto,
    Canada)
  • The Hold Up (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • The Last Post (United Kingdom)
  • The Meet Cute (New York, New York)
  • The Platinum Plan” Directed by Chris Pickenpauh (Monrovia,
    California)
  • “The Real Truth Behind the Real TrueStory: Donnie Miller” (Woodland Hills, California)
  • The Serenader (Los Angeles, California)
  • Tinder in Real Life” Directed by Eliaz Rodriguez (Chicago, Illinois)
  • We Got Your Back (Sweden)
ACSFF 2015 Fall Official Selections (October 27th, 2015)
  • “Abducted! A Tale of Childhood” Directed by Patrick Basquill
  • Acting 101” Directed by Rene Rhi
  • Blind Date Rules” Directed by Christine Chen
  • Bloody Mary” Directed by Jono Freedrix
  • Chickland” Directed by Stanislas Graziani
  • Holloway Heights: The Grenade Directed by Jon Hoeg and John F. Beach
  • Hostiable” (Absolute Honesty) Directed by David Galan Galindo
  • “Just Cause It’s a Tweet, Don’t Make it a Joke” Directed by Eliaz Rodriguez
  • “Kowalski” Directed by Jason O’Mara
  • “Mystery Weight” Directed by Craig April
  • “Nature RX, Part 1” Directed by Justin Bogardus
  • “Smart Puppets: Harvest Moon” Directed by Casey Pyke
  • “Suck it, Boss” Directed by Joe Rendon
  • “Tara Lupenetti, Dog Matchmaker” Directed by Sunday Boling
  • “The Grandson” Jan Van Gorkum
  • “The Hand Job” Directed by Hart and Devin Perez
  • “The Moose Emergency” Directed by Becky and Thomas Nicol
  • “Wise Guy” Directed by Frank Victor
  • “Yikes” Directed by Michael Fedora