By Ebun Sessou
A short film, ‘Sweet Revenge’, directed by a Canadian/Nigeria film director, Pascal Atuma has made the 10 final shortlisted films for the ‘Just for Laugh Festival’ in North America.
The final winner is expected to emerge through an online popularity vote for the 10 shortlisted films. The film competition is aimed at selecting the funniest short comedy in the USA/Canada based on popular voting.
In a press statement, the organiser disclosed the film competition is organized by Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and global content leader Lionsgate.
The 10 films that made the final shortlist, in alphabetic order, include Behind Closed Doors by Bianca Armbruster (Director); Curious Georgina by Feral Ozel (Director); Eat My Shorts Film Submission by Eduard Witzke (Director); Fowl Play by Rachel Cairns and Brendan Jeffers (Directors); Lyfe Crushers by Trevor Williams (Director); Sweet Revenge by Pascal Atuma (Director);
Other are The Application by Brenda Saucedo (Director); The Call by Eric Toth (Director); The Prologue by Maxwell Michael Towson (Director); Worry Warts by Laura Rudnicki and Lexy Paul (Director).
According to the statement, from the voting of the above shortlisted, the top five most popular comedy films selected by fans would be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 26, by 7 pm at the Phi Centre, Montreal.
The online voting by fans which began last Saturday, July 14, by 9 am will end on Tuesday, July 17.
Fans can stream Sweet Revenge on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud’s YouTube page from Saturday, July 14 to Tuesday, July 17.
They can also vote by liking the video.
The winning ﬁlm will be announced at the screening with the winner(s) receiving exclusive distribution of their short ﬁlm as well as a ﬁrst look deal with Laugh Out Loud & LionsGate
Just For Laughs Comedy is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival.
It was founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group concentrates on three major focal points: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production and stand-up specials.
Sweet Revenge is Executive Produced by Mr Warren Beatty of AAB Talent & Management, Toronto, Canada and Produced By Ola George & Pascal Atuma for Diamond Pictures Inc, Toronto, Canada. Pascal Atuma Wrote & Directed. The cast includes Naomi Sundiata Nelson Morris, Lou Daniels, Bebe Obi- Okoye, Wendy German and Razie Brown- Stone