LOCO has a simple mission: to kickstart the next generation of British-based comedy film-makers. The heart of this is our training programme, which runs events all year round, and kicked off for 2013 on the 24th – 26th January during LOCO London with a very high calibre of speakers, including Kenton Allen, boss of Big Talk, and Neil and Rob Gibbons, writers of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and V.E.E.P .
The next LOCO London Comedy Film Festival will take place 22nd – 25th January 2015 across London. Our sell out comedy training KICKSTART YOUR COMEDY CAREER will be returning during these dates at BFI Southbank – click here for more details and to apply.
What we’ve been up to…
9 May from 5pm, The Loft Bar at The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross Station, London
We’ll be heading to the Loft Bar at the top of The Parcel Yard (inside Kings Cross Station) after our Directing Comedy Performance training event and we’d love you to join us and other LOCO friends. This is an opportunity to meet comedy filmmakers, including previous LOCO trainees and guests. All very welcome!
LOCO presents: Directing Comedy Performance
9 May 10am – 5pm. 2 Northdown St, London N1 9BG.
LOCO are hosting a one day training course for up to 35 emerging film directors working with comedy performance. Directing Comedy Performance is supported by Creative Skillset.
Previous LOCO training events…
LOCO and BFI FutureFilm Festival presents: Super Brainy Zombies
22 February 1pm – 2.30pm. Blue Room, BFI Southbank
What would happen if a group of YouTube vloggers got caught up in a zombie apocalypse? … LOCO meets filmmaker and YouTuber Hazel Hayes and members of cast and crew of Super Brainy Zombies – a zombie film with a post-modern twist.
LOCO Training: Kickstart Your Comedy Career 2014
24/25 January 9am – 6pm (+ evening drinks) Blue Room, BFI Southbank
LOCO’s popular course for emerging comedy writers and filmmakers returns for a third year with two days of interviews, screenings and workshops. The course offers insider advice from TV commissioners, film-makers, development executives, distributors, exhibitors and more. Previous speakers include Ben Wheatley, Alice Lowe, Julia Davis, Shane Allen, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. Attendees will also be eligible for the 2014 LOCO comedy filmmakers’ mentoring programme.
Supported by Creative Skillset. In association with Domino Publishing. Full details coming soon.
LOCO and Underwire presents Challenging Comedy
Saturday 23rd September 12pm – 5pm, Hackney Attic, London
Comedy is there to entertain. But it’s also there to disrupt, provoke and question the way we see the world. In this packed afternoon of discussions, revelations, trade secrets and live workshops we’ll be looking at the ways in which women writer-performers challenge conventional ways of looking at others, and of presenting themselves. The event is part of Underwire Film Festival (19 – 23 November 2013) – the UK’s leading short film festival exclusively showcasing the talents of women working across the different crafts in filmmaking, including cinematography, producing, directing, writing, editing, composing, acting, and sound-design.
LOCO presents Inside Comedy: BBC Comedy
Thursday 26th September 9am – 5pm, Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Our Inside Comedy days give you a unique insiders’ view of a single film, TV show or organisation. For our second event in the series we’re delighted to be teaming up with BBC Comedy to provide a full day of invaluable insights into their commissioning, their programmes and the different platforms that they offer to help build your career. Beginning with an in-depth interview with Shane Allen, the Controller of Comedy Commissioning, this was a must for any aspiring comedy writers, directors and producers who’d like to work with Britain’s biggest broadcaster.
Tickets: £45 each. Application only.
LOCO presents Inside Comedy: Nina Forever
Saturday 18 May 10am – 5.30pm, Blue Room, BFI Southbank
On May 18th, we brought Nina Forever, the debut feature by the Blaine brothers, to BFI Southbank for a full day’s look at the funding, development, production design, rehearsal process and post-production of the film.
LOCO Training: Kickstart Your Comedy Career 2013
24/25 January 9am – 6pm (+ evening drinks) Blue Room, BFI Southbank
2013’s Kickstart Your Comedy career focused on collaboration: the heart of working in comedy. Speakers included writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the creative teams behind This Is Jinsy, Watson & Oliver, Wizard’s Way and Black Pond, as well as top commissioners from Sky, BBC and Channel Four, representatives from Warp Films, Domino Publishing, Shorts International, Curtis Brown, United Agents, Channel Five, Sony Pictures, PleaseFund.Us and more. Click here for more information.
LOCO and Underwire Festival present: Working Women with Benefit Cosmetics
26 January 9am – 6pm (+ networking drinks until 8.30pm) Blue Room, BFI Southbank
As part of LOCO’s focus on women in comedy, this was a day-long celebration of smart, funny women on screen. We heard from some of the UK’s top comedy talent, hearing how they have built their careers in comedy, advising men how to write better female roles, debating the opportunities – or lack of them – for women in the industry. With some very special guests that included writer and actress Julia Davis, actress, comedian and writer Katy Brand, actress and writer Isy Suttie, Sky’s Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden, Twenty Twelve star Sara Pascoe and performance artist Bobby Baker. Tickets included the UK premiere of Julie Delpy’s film Le Skylab and entry to the Working Women drinks hosted by Funny Women. The day was kindly sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics, whose mantra is “laughter is the best cosmetic, so grin and wear it”. To find out a little more about some of treats and surprises we had for participants, click here.
LOCO London and BFI Future Film present: Creating Your Own Funny World
27 January 10.30am – 1pm Blue Room, BFI Southbank
So you want to write comedy, but not sure where to you start? Just start with the world! This discussion and workshop event encouraged young writers and directors to learn about the importance of creating a fully-rounded fictictious universe for their personal brand of comedy to inhabit. Guest speakers include Mustapha Kseibeti (Writer/Director), Mawaan Rizwan (MalumTV), hosted by Iyare . For ages 16yrs+.
LOCO Filmmakers Brunch
Sun 27 Jan 11:00 – 14:00 Riverfront Bar & Kitchen
Soothe that I Give it a Year hangover and stiffen the sinews for the LOCO “Artists in Comedy” programme at our annual filmmakers’ brunch. We’ll provide the Bloody Marys and help you meet all the right people. You make connections, then make brilliant films and bring them back to screen next year. Job done.
LOCO Mentoring Programme
In addition to our year round training events, LOCO launched a mentoring programme with Sky in 2013, supported by Creative Skillset. Three brilliantly talented emerging comedy filmmaker teams have been selected for the programme and will be developing a short comedy film. Click here for more information.
Watch this space for more LOCO training events throughout the year!
LOCO Training is proud to be supported by The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund.