The LOCO Discovery Awards are given to a new comedy short film and feature each year. They’re an important part of our mission to kickstart the next generation of British comedy film-makers, and together with our year-round training programme are helping to build a remarkable community of new British talent.
We’re particularly pleased to be partnering with Curzon Home Cinema to bring one of the Discovery films to a wider audience.
Although comedy is the most popular genre of British film with audiences, independent comedies can struggle to get cinema distribution, as they’re neither traditional arthouse nor conventionally mainstream movies. But the LOCO Discovery Award winners have all been films of real cinematic ambition: Black Pond went on to be nominated for BIFA and BAFTA awards; Wizards Way was originally shot for £300 and is now being remade in Hollywood by Jack Black; and Gone Too Far! won the Audience Award at the Africa International Film Festival and had a successful cinema run.
This year’s nominees are all first features, two of them supported by crowdfunding campaigns. Spy caper MLE, superhero romcom SUPERBOB and a dystopian satire THE FITZROY, they show the variety of theme and tone that comedy can embrace, as well as introducing three promising new directors. The winning short and feature will be announced on 21st January.
The LOCO Discovery Feature Award is judged by a panel of industry experts. The panel also includes the director of last year’s winning film. Thank you to all our judges for their time, their analysis and their commitment to developing new British comedy talent.
Catherine Bray (Film Four)
Tilly Coulson (Working Title)
Isabella de Rosario (Bleeding Heart Films)
Cynthia de Souza (The Works)
Destiny Ekaragha (director, Gone Too Far!, winner of the 2014 LOCO Discovery Feature Award)
Humphrey Elles-Hill (Independent Talent)
Ailsa Ferrier (Curzon)
Simone Pyne (The Hospital Club)
Paul Ridd (Picturehouse Cinemas)
Kevin Maynard (LOCO)
Our short film award is judged by Katie Steed (Whirlygig Cinema) and Tom George (director).
For 2015, LOCO have teamed up with Curzon Home Cinema to bring audiences a selection of LOCO Discovery Award nominees including 2014 winner Gone Too Far! and 2015 nominee MLE, which will have its world premiere at the Festival.
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