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LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

Date posted: 23.07.2019

More than any other genre, comedy bridges social divides. Since the beginning of film, comedy has united generations, cultures and classes: the Lumiere Brothers included a comedy in the first ever public film screening in 1895. And more than any other country, Britain has a great tradition of film comedy, from Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Cary Grant through to Ealing, Carry On and Monty Python, and to Sacha Baron Cohen, Edgar Wright, Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris.

LOCO campaigns for better recognition of the craft of comedy film-making by illuminating the techniques behind the movies, by celebrating great work, and by helping to train the next generation of comedy film-makers.

Earlier this month our BFI NETWORK London Region Exec, Jo Cadoret, was invited to speak on a panel at The 2019 LOCO London Comedy Film Festival. 

The panel, How to Get Started in Producing Comedy was part of Money Talks - a day-long programme of talks and workshops open to filmmakers with a good eye for comedy, with the aim of learning how to source ideas, gain momentum with marketing and publicity and negotiate for their next project.

Delegates were invited to hear from industry experts on various funding programmes and ask burning question about their qualification. Jo joined a panel with Jude Lister and Tariq Wahr, chaired by Carolina Duarte.

The panel members covered the opportunities they are currently offering including Shortflix from Creative England, BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund and Early Development Fund here at Film Hub London and across England and the various initiatives being promoted by ScreenSkills encouraging representation and tackling skill shortages in the industry.

LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world's most original comedy film-makers. LOCO champions the craft of comedy film-makingthrough training, screenings, outreach and funding, and runs the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the UK's only international comedy film festival. 

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