Houston Comedy Film Festival 2009-2015

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2009

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2009It all started in 2009, the first ever “Houston Comedy Film Festival” (HCFF). When you present a film festival for the first time, it’s difficult to tell how many people are going to show up. To our surprise, the event was great, it started on a Friday Night with a short film showcase that was a complete sellout at the Studio Movie Grill in Houston, Texas.

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2009 Official Selections: Short Films
  1. “6 Minutes of Brian Watts” directed by Brian Watts
  2. “Attack of the Brown Paper Bags” directed by Patrick Crowley
  3. “Banana Bread” directed by Barton Landsman
  4. “Bent” directed by Max Ricci
  5. “Blood from a Stone” directed by Bill Palmer
  6. “Calzone” directed by VincentDos Reis
  7. “Crooks” directed by Garrett Cillo
  8. “Dirty Sex” directed by Greg Emmerth
  9. “Double Talk” directed by Randy White
  10. “Funky Pickles” directed by Will Moore
  11. “Generico presents: TheRecession-Proof Professional” directed by Steven Hoffner
  12. “Huntin’” directed byMatthew Gratzner
  13. “In a Pickle” directed byAdrian Carr
  14. “James K. Polk Was @#?!ingAwesome” directed by Adam Bertocci
  15. “Joey and Jerome’s ArtisticMeaningful Independent Film” directed by Josh Bass
  16. “Man’s Best Friend” directed by Luke Eve
  17. “Nemesis” directed by StianHafstad
  18. “Run Granny Run!” directed by Nikolaus von Uthmann
  19. “Siva the Insane: the Moral Crusader” directed by Siva M Sivakumaran
  20. “Skylight” directed by David Baas
  21. “Subterfuge” directed by Nicholas Urbano
  22. “Text Me” directed by Daniel Lir & Bayou Bennett
  23. “The Booby Trap” directed by Simon Pennekamp
  24. “The Disconnection of Cyrus Bent”directed by John Belbeck
  25. “The Dropout’ directed by Clayton Chaney
  26. “The Extraordinary Monday of Herman Brumby” directed by Ari Levinson
  27. “The Guacamole Rap” Directed by Brian Watts
  28. “The Mouse That Soared” Directed by Kyle Bell
  29. “Tighty Whiteys” Directed by Ryan Taylor
  30. “Tones!” Directed by Joshua Fraiman“
  31. Twelve Apples and a Wrench” Directed by Adrian Garcia
  32. “Twirl” Directed by Mira Lew
  33. “What Would Jesús Do?” Directed by Victor Martin
  34. “Who Don’t Like…? directed by Steven Katz

Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selections 2009: Feature Films

  1. “Frat Party” Robert Bennett(Dallas, Texas)
  2. “Israeli Intelligence Directed by Alon Gur Arye (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  3. “Laid Off” John Launchi (Morristown, New Jersey)
  4. “Scouts Honor_Badge To The BoneJesse Bryan (Seattle, Washington)
  5. “Sex, Drugs, and Stu”Directed by Jon Louis (San Francisco, California)
  6. “The Evolution of Andrew Andrews” Directed by Will Klipstine (Los Angeles, CA)
  7. “Tracy” Directed by Dan Scanlon (San Francisco, California)
  8. “Why Am I Doing This?”Directed by Tom Huang (Los Angeles, California)
Houston Comedy Film Festival 2009 Official Selection: Feature Film Screenplays
  1. “A Fool’s Reunion” by Wes Griffin (Corbett, Oregon)
  2. “Arty’s Treasure” by Amy Giaquinto (Parker, Colorado)
  3. “Carbon Dating” written by Louis Rosenberg (Pismo Beach California)
  4. "Couples Counseling” by Cliff Zamowski (Lisle, Illinois)
  5. “Fixing Jane” by Miki Kim (Chatsworlth, California)
  6. “Hipster Backlash” written by Micah Moses (Los Angeles California)
  7. “Lunch and Learn” by Cliff Zamowski (Lisle, Illinois)
  8. “Main Course”written by Lawrence Stern (Los Angeles California)
  9. “Motivational Speaking” written by Lauren Tunnel (Houston Texas)
  10. “Quacks” by Jerry Milburn (Avondale, Arizona)
  11. “Tattooligans” by Jon Louis (San Francisco, California)
  12. “The Fake Thug” written by Barry Ward (Elizabeth City North Carolina)
  13. “Wedding Knight” by Stephen Hoover (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2010

The 2010 HCFF was our first festival at the Alamo Drafthouse - West Oaks in Houston, Texas. We screened a ton of films over two days. It's good to know that the HCFF was not a one-hit-wonder, because our short film session was a sellout. Our judges did a great job selecting films, the HCFF was  one of the first festivals to accept "God of Love" which went on to win the Academy Award.

  1. "Ain’t a Thing But a Chicken Wing" - Houston, Texas
  2. “America the Beautiful” - Austin, Texas
  3. “Bad Language” - Sydney, Australia
  4. “Car Pool” - Houston, Texas
  5. “Channel 3 in HD” - Manhattan Beach, CA
  6. “Dolores” - Madrid, Spain
  7. “Falling Apart” - Palm Bay, Florida
  8. “Get Down Pat” - Portland, Oregon
  9. “God of Love” - Brooklyn, New York
  10. “Heels to the Pavement” - Omaha, Nebraska
  11. “I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu” - Los Angeles, CA
  12. "Itch" - Houston, Texas
  13. “I Want Him Dead” - Valley Village, CA
  14. “I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life With You” - Madrid, Spain
  15. “Infidel Pig” - Los Angeles, CA
  16. “Jon Wuz Here” - Houston, Texas
  17. "Kacie’s Got a Gun"- Houston, Texas
  18. “Los Four McNifikos” - Plentzia, Spain
  19. “Los Gritones” - Madrid, Spain
  20. “Maurine” - Berkeley, California
  21. “Morning Honey” - Lyons, Colorado
  22. “Ninjews” - Houston, Texas
  23. “Nontourage” - Los Angeles, CA - Houston Shout Out
  24. “Pen Pals” - Houston, Texas
  25. “Psyche on Melrose” - Los Angeles, CA
  26. “Ready to Pop” - Kansas City, Missouri
  27. “Seven Layer Dip” - Marina Del Rey, CA
  28. “Sid & Mel” - Long Beach, CA
  29. “Silverlake Video” - Los Angeles, CA
  30. “Simpatia Do Limao” - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  31. “Sudden Death!” - Burbank, CA
  32. “The Ballad of Ricardo Del Guapo”- Claremont, CA
  33. “The Bedroom Philosopher: SoHungover” - Sydney, Australia
  34. “The Buck Johnson Story” - Gainesville, Florida
  35. “The Candidate” - Apple Valley, Minnesota
  36. “The Jesus Workout” - Tujunga, CA
  37. “The Jogger” - Cable Beach, Australia
  38. "The More You Know" - Houston, Texas
  39. “The Newest Pledge” - Los Angeles, CA
  40. “The Overshare” - Tujunga, CA
  41. “The Package” - Los Angeles, CA
  42. "The Trixie Fixx" - Houston, Texas
  43. “Why Weed is Better Than Sex” - Los Angeles, CA
  44. “Wipe and Fold” - Chicago, Illinois
  45. “WTFU” - New York, New York

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Official Selections: Film

  1. “127 Seconds” - Directed by Chris Buongiorno
  2. “Abduct Me!” - Directed by Lucien Knotter
  3. “Air Sick Love” - Directed by Roderick Fenske
  4. “Appy Ever After” - Directed by Rupert Le Poer Trench
  5. “April” - Directed by Mike Piccirillo
  6. “Behave” - Directed by Don Worley
  7. “Bip, Bip” - Directed by Phillipe Gregoire
  8. “Brown Duck” - Directed by Ryan Becken
  9. “Chrysalis” - Directed by Zachary Mattson
  10. “Connected” - Directed by Chris Connatty
  11. “Deadbeat TV Vol. 2” (Selects) - Directed by Steven Katz
  12. “Earthbound” - Directed by Jose Asuncion
  13. "Face 2 Face" - Directed by Blake Van De Graaf
  14. “Fantasy Night” - Directed by John Bessolo
  15. “Flatmates 3.0” - Directed by Francesco Marisei
  16. “Friday Night Tights” - Directed by Joonki Park
  17. “GoldenBox” - Directed by Matt MacDonald
  18. “Graffiti Box” - Directed by Andreas Goldfuss
  19. “Hair Rules” - Directed by Ryan Becken
  20. “Half Hearted” - Directed by Max McGill
  21. “Hard Rubbish” - Directed by Steve Mitchell
  22. "How to Be a Good Listener” - Directed by Michael Ofenheim
  23. “Inside Out” - Directed by Taylor Rummell
  24. "Just Like Us" - Directed by Ahmed Ahmed
  25. "Left and Loose in THE LOT" (Sacramento, California)
  26. "Lost in Transition" - Directed by William Leonardo Melina
  27. “Oh My God” - Directed by Federico Calabuig
  28. “Remember Me?!” - Directed by Scott Sullivan
  29. “Roger, the Chicken” - Directed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
  30. “Seriously?” - Directed by Allison Czach
  31. “Squeeze” - Directed by Will Goodfellow
  32. “Swooped” - Directed by ShaunPaul Costello
  33. “The Elastic” - Directed by Eleanor Hutchins, Caleb Scott
  34. “The Goose” - Directed by Craig Knowles
  35. “The Oblique Sector” - Directed by Jason M. Reulet
  36. “The Truth About Average Guys” - Directed by Ken Gayton
  37. "The Wedding Party" (Australia)
  38. “Tomboys” - Directed by Gretchen Almoughraby
  39. “Vampire Vampire Vampire Vampire” - Directed by Brenton Stumpf
  40. “Wanting Alex” - Directed by Chris Akers
  41. “What’s Life Got To Do with It?” - Directed by Noah Weisberg
  42. "Whatever it Takes" - Directed by Trish Needom

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Award Nominations

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Picture: Feature Film

  1. “The Truth About Average Guys"
  2. “Hair Rules"
  3. “Just Like Us”
  4. “Swooped”
  5. “Dead Beat TV Vol.2”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Picture: Short Film

  1. “Half Hearted"
  2. “Inside Out”
  3. “Chrysalis”
  4. “Appy Ever After”
  5. “The Goose”
  6. “What’s Life Got to Do with It?”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Texas Film

  1. “Deadbeat TV. Vol. 2”
  2. “Seriously?”
  3. “Lost in Transition”
  4. “Behave”
  5. “How to Be a Good Listener”
  6. “Whatever it Takes”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Director

  1. “April” Directed by Mike Piccirillo
  2. “Swooped” Directed by Shaun Paul Costello & Joe Gariffo
  3. “Hair Rules” Directed by Ryan Becken
  4. “Air Sick Love” - Directed by Roderick Fenske
  5. “The Truth About Average Guys” - Directed by Ken Gayton
  6. “Vampire, Vampire, Vampire, Vampire” directed by Brenton Stumpf

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Actor

  1. Richard Ruiz in “Whats Life Got to Do With It”
  2. Septimus Caton in “Appy Ever After"
  3. Matthew-Lee Erlbach in “Roger the Chicken"
  4. Zachary Mattson in "Chrysalis”
  5. Jason Schaver in “The Truth About Average Guys”
  6. Greg Bell in “Swooped”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Actress

  1. Mallory Portnoy in “Roger, the Chicken"
  2. Eleanor Hutchins in "The Elastic"
  3. Anna Skellern in "Half Hearted”
  4. Alyson Weaver in “Vampire, Vampire, Vampire”
  5. Katharine Brandt in “Wanting Alex”
  6. Marina Dimitra Yele in “Delivery Boy”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Ensemble Cast

  1. “Seriously?”
  2. “April”
  3. “The Truth About Average Guys”
  4. “Dead Beat Club TV Vol. 2”
  5. “Swooped”
  6. “Hair Rules”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Editing

  1. “Goldenbox”
  2. “The Goose”
  3. “Appy Ever After”
  4. “Inside Out”
  5. “April”
  6. “Abduct Me!”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Screenplay

  1. “Roger the Chicken”
  2. “Swooped”
  3. “The Truth About Average Guys”
  4. “The Elastic”
  5. “Vampire, Vampire, Vampire, Vampire”
  6. “Wanting Alex”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Original Music

“Chrysalis”
“Hair Rules”
“Vampire, Vampire, Vampire, Vampire”
“Swooped”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Best Cinematography

  1. “Squeeze” - DP James Brown
  2. “Goldenbox” - DP Sean Conaty
  3. “April” - DP Roman Zenz
  4. “Inside Out” - DP Alan Dean
  5. “Appy Ever After” - DP Steve Arnold
  6. “Half Hearted” - DP John Waters

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2011 Single Funniest Moment

  1. “The Elastic”
  2. “The Goose”
  3. “Abduct Me!”
  4. “Fantasy Night”
  5. “Hard Rubbish”
  6. “Appy Ever After”

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2014 Official Selections: Film

“17 Minutes in Texas: The Zombie Apocalypse” Directed by Trey Huguley (Austin, TX)
“A Hard Day” Directed by Ryan Becken (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
“A Welshman’s Guide to Breaking Up” Directed by Keri Collins (United Kingdom)
Brunch Bitch” Directed by Hannah Cheesman (Toronto, Canada)
“Campo de Fuerza” Directed by David Pareja (Spain)
“City of Dreams” Directed by Jacolby Percy, Seckeita Lewis (Dallas, Texas)
“Favorite Flower” Directed by Jeremy Sender (Los Angeles, California)
Forget Me Not” Directed by Michael Beddoes (United Kingdom)
“Girl in a Coffee Shop” Directed by Shane Estep (Little Rock, Arkansas)
“Guinea Pigs” Directed by Scott Sullivan (Los Angeles, California)
Hypothetical” Nic Barker (Surrey Hills, Australia)
“Iniciacion a la fotografia” Directed by Nico Aguerre (Spain)
“L’Appuntamento” Directed by Gianpiero Alicchio (Rome, Italy)
“Lima Syndrome” Directed by Ryan Becken (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
Little Man of Steel” Directed by Larry Ziegelman (Chicago, Illinois)
“Man Card” Directed by Nathan VonMinden (Houston, Texas)
“Merkin Penal” Directed by Mitch Rouse (Chicago, Illinois)
“Miedo a las Alturas” H.J Leonard (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)
“Minimus” Directed by Jonathan Hopkins (United Kingdom)
“Parent Pep Talk” Directed by Nathan VonMinden (Houston, Texas)
“People With Issues” Directed by Daniel Siegelstein (Austin, Texas)
“Push Up” David Galan Galindo (Spain)
Scat Porn” Directed by Jon Merchen & Nick Oberlander (Sherman Oaks, CA)
“Sensei Clyde” Directed by Michael Fodera (Syosset, New York)
“Smithston” Directed by Craig Melville, (Australia)
“Sunday Rush” Directed by Nathan VonMinden (Houston, Texas)
“That Fucking Elevator” Directed by Jim Garvey (New York, New York)
“The Golden Ticket” Directed by Patrick Hagarty (Toronto, Canada)
“The Greatest Gatsby” Directed by Jeremy Sender (Los Angeles, California)
“The Henchmen” Directed by Nathan VonMinden (Richmond, Texas)
“There is No God And We All Die Alone” Directed by Harrison Givens (Los Angeles)
“Upstairs” Directed by Montana Mann (Los Angeles, California)
“Valse” Directed by Chris Keller (London, United Kingdom)
“Waiting Room” Directed by Nathan VonMinden (Houston, Texas)
“Water Lords” Directed by Henry Barrial (Venice, Florida)
“Worst Date Ever” Amy Wang (Sydney, Australia)

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2014 Official Selections: Screenplays

“Ambulance” by Todd Selleck (Byron Center, Michigan)
“All Day and All Night” Written by Isabelle Brizec
“Baked Off” Written by Dana Whitney
“Batter Up” Written by Nathan Goldman
“Beyond the Pale” Written by Judy Klass
“Can't Mumbai Me Love” Written by Andrew Abdou
“Cuda” Written by Jeffrey Thomas
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: Accident” by David Schroeder (Miami, Florida)
“Customer Choice” by Steve Deery (Nottinghma, United Kingdom)
“Dad’s Right” by Tim Snook and Christopher Obal (Los Angeles, California)
“Disc Golf: The Legend of the Albino Squirrel Written by Tim Heflin
“eDisharmony" Written by Lorraine Portman
“Glazed” by Timothy Zollins (Mount Laurel, New Jersey)
"Grass Over The Fence" Written by Guia Peel
"I'm With the Band" written by Dana Whitney
"Leader Of The Pack" Written by Bruce Rose
"Lookin Up" Written by Marvin Kaplan
"Love Unscripted" Written by Judy Klass
“Mr. Rashid Turns 76” by Mohammad Zarafshan Araki (Australia)
"Men at Work" Written by Robert Griffith
“One Small Step for Neil” by Tracie Laymon (Houston, Texas)
“Sailbad the Sinner" Written by Jeffrey Thomas
“Sandy Mills” by Nathan Goldman (Houston, Texas)
“Saturday Afternoon at Bushwood” by Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri (San Antonio, Texas)
“Susan and the Company Picnic” by Julia Radochia (Arlington, Massachusetts)
“Teachers: The Movie” Written by Evan Lancia
“The Big Idea” by David Schroeder (Miami, Florida)
“The Golden Parachute" by Carl Keitz (Fountain Valley, California)
“The Heckler” Written by Mike Hanson
“The Want Ads” Written by Michael Rhodes
“Tornadic Activity Written by Austen Brauker
“Triple Threat” by Tracey Maye (Tempe, Arizona)
“Tyler Parody's Medeus' Diary of a Mad Black Woman's Big Happy Family Reunion's Witness Protection Christmas in Jail Written by Mike Reid

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2015

February 16-19, 2015 at the Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park in Houston, Texas.

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2015 Award Winners

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2015 Official Selections

The Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016

Friday Night, May 6th, 2016
14 Pews Theater, 800 Aurora St Houston TX 77009

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Feature Film Official Selections

“Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer” Directed by T.E Sanders - Trailer

“Just like in the Movies” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines - Trailer

“Driving While Black” Directed by Paul Sapiano - Trailer

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Short Film Official Selections

“6 Trillion Dollar Man” Directed by Jeff Wish
“A Piece of the Pie” Directed by Bryan Brooks
“Accelerator” Directed by Sean Cablining
“Action, Inc.”Directed by Julia Myers
“ArachNO!'” Directed by Alex Mangen
“At Last”
“Bad Connections” Directed by Romina Schwedler
“Batttered N Bruised Gooch” Directed by Muza Del Rey and Draz De Marco
“Be Yourself Cafe” Directed by Mark Kiefer
“Blind Date Rules”
“Bwown Bugg”
“Chiefin' for Charity”
“Chinese Treachery” Directed by Jake Balfour-Lynn
“Get the Hell Out”
“Hardscrabble Woman” Directed by Olga and Vira Ishchuk "Mad Twins"
I Am Fairy” Directed by James Vinson
“Introducing Courtney"
“Jinxed”
“Lanky Scoliosis” Directed by Tim Murray
“Lion's Den (Dr. Lee)"
“Military Men: Seize the Snow Mountain Castle” Directed by Philip and Gottfrid Helander
“Mirror Lies” Directed by Adam Rosenberg
“Morning Shift” Directed by Gary Weeks
“Mystery Weight” Directed by Craig April
“Name Drop” by Songo Adoki
“Native Immigration”
“Shoe”
“Tara Lupenetti, Dog Matchmaker” Directed by Amanda Jaros
“The Holy Cave”
The Other Kennedys: Tennis” Directed by Shane Tilston
“The Problem with Group Texts” Directed by Cody Tidmore
“The TokeBuddy” Directed by Miles Dahl
“That´s Why I Don´t Have brothers”
“Think Twice”
When He Loves” Directed by Cecilia G
“You're an Idiot”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Feature Film Screenplay Official Selections

“Ark of Dreams” Written by Stephen James Thomas

“Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biopic” Written by Phillip Hardy
“Don't Forget Plan B.” Written by Todd Selleck
“Eli's Dream” Written by Ken Ross
“Just Like In The Movies” Written by Gonzalo Ladiness
“Man Seeking Monkey” Written by Steve Milkas
“Misprints” Written by Adam Preston
“Pearland Pizzeria” Written by Jeremy George
“Renaissance Man” Written by Robert Tolz
“Scufflegrit” Written by Joseph Colby Doler
“Shut Up & Twirl” Written by Draven Gonzalez
“The Audit” Written by Vince Grittani
“The Body” Written by Sally Shepard
“The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio” Written by Marc Lalonde
“Walking Speed” Written by Frank Frattini

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Short Film Screenplay Official Selections

“A Mild Space Invasion” by Jennifer Renner
“Adrift” by Stuart Creque
“Bad Heir Day” by Jeffery Field
“Bad PUSSY” by Lester Mingo
“Baggage” by Andrea Behring
“Becoming Bigfoot” by Sean Whitley
“Craig's List” by W. Mark Dendy
“Doorlocker” by Tony DiSibio
“Everybody Has a Thing” by Allan George
“Gas Station Condoms” by Wynn Riechert
“Happy Accidents” by Nathan Zoebl, Ben Bailey and Eric Boso
“Happy F!*#ing Valentine's Day” by Sheila Schroeder
“If These Walls Could Talk' by Troy Graham
“Kosher Delicate Lesson” (Pilot Episode of Max's Deli Series) by Jim Norman
“N.E.E.T. Freak” by Kristin Ruff-Frederickson
“Quarantine“ by Wesley Mullins
“Riley“ by Tracey Maye
“Schedule Change” by Scott Patterson
“Terms and Conditions” by Bradford N. Smith
“The Plan” written by Srihari Saravanan
“The Wordsmith” by Matthew Holy
“This Is Not A Mugging” by Mike O'Dowd
“Toledo Brown and the Trinket of Time” by Troy Graham
“Village Bakery” by John Zeng
“When Life Gives You Lemons” by Michael Brian Montgomery

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Micro Short Film

"Be Yourself Cafe" Directed by Mark Kiefer (Boston, MA)
"6 Trillion Dollar Man" Directed by Jeff Wish
"Action Inc." Directed by Julia Myers (Silver Springs, MD)
"Chinese Treachery" Directed by Jake Balfour-Lynn (London, UK)
"Lanky Scoliosis" Directed by Tim Murray (New York, NY)

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Short Film

Get the Hell Out” Directed by Regan Arevalos, Jess Castro, Larry Garza (Selma, Texas)
Native Immigration” Directed by Eric Romero (Barcelona, Spain)
Think Twice” Directed by Eliaz Rodriguez (Chicago, Illinois)
At Last” Directed by Anna Skrypka (Los Angeles, California)
Blind Date Rules” by Directed Christine Chen (Austin, Texas)

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Feature Film

“Driving While Black” Directed by Paul Sapiano (Los Angeles, California) - Trailer
“Just like in the Movies” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines (Lima, Peru) Trailer
“Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer” Directed by T.E Sanders (Austin, Texas) - Trailer

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Actor

Charles Ancelle in “At Last”
Tim Murray in “Lanky Scoliosis”
Allen Hackley in “Fun with Hackley: Axe Murderer”
Manuel Gold in “Just Like in the Movies”
Dominique Purdy in “Driving While Black”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Actress

Lisa Goodman in “At Last”
Brie Eley in “Blind Date Rules”
Arianna Danae in “Be Yourself Cafe”
Cheronda Gunn in “Introducing Courtney”
Tamara Chambers in “Think Twice”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: for Best Supporting Actress

Natasha Ong in "Native Immigration"
Stephanie Minchew in “Blind Date Rules”
Gloria Garayua in “Driving While Black”
Gisela Ponce de Leon in “Just Like in the Movies”
Michelle Ellen Jones in “Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

Jess Castro in “Get the Hell Out”
Omar J Lewis “Introducing Courtney”
Ryland Johnson in “Blind Date Rules”
Trey Huguley in “Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer”
Chris Grace in “Lanky Scoliosis”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Cinematography

Gavin Blyth for “Jinxed”

Bryant Janson for “Driving While Black”
Alex Walker for “Blind Date Rules”
Hector Bojorquez “Get the Hell Out”
Larry McKee "Fun With Hackley"

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Director

Paul Sapiano “Driving While Black”

Tim Sanders “Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer”
Christine Chen “Blind Date Rules”
Eric Romero “Native Immigration”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Editing

“6 Trillion Dollar Man” by Jeff Wish
"ArachNO!” By Alex Mangen
“Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer” by Trey Huguley and Tim Sanders
“Hardscrabble Woman” by Olga and Vira Ishchuk
“Military Men: Seize The Snow Mountain Castle” Philip and Gottfrid Helander

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Original Music

Ben Frankhauser for “Lanky Scoliosis”

Nami Melumad for “At Last”
Nick Longoria for “Blind Date Rules”
Christopher Doucet for “Shoe”
Mark Derrico for “Think Twice”

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016:Nominations for Best Comedy Short Screenplay

“Riley” by Tracey Maye (Houston, Texas)

“Happy F!*#ing Valentine's Day” by Sheila Schroeder (Englewood, Colorado)
“If These Walls Could Talk” by Troy Graham (Australia)
“Everybody Has a Thing” by Allan George (New Zealand)
“The Plan” by Srihari Saravanan (India)

Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2016: Nominations for Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay

“Misprints” by Adam Preston (United Kingdom)
“Man Seeking Monkey” by Steve Mikals (Redvale, Colorado)
“Ark of Dreams” by Stephon Thomas (Los Angeles, California)
“Dirty Real, The Bukowski Biopic” by Phillip Hardy (Austin, Texas)
“Shut Up & Twirl” by Draven Gonzalez (San Antonio, Texas)
 

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Official Selections: Film

  • “A Bumpy Ride”Directed by Chang Shu
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip”Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “Complimentary Breakfast” Directed by Conner Keesling
  • “Doomsday Ready' Directed by Mark Jackson
  • “Doucheahoilcs” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Dr. Sunshine's Office - Episode 5: Dysfunction” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “El Audífono (The Earpiece)” Directed by Samuel Quiles Palop
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “Fair Games”Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Fanny Pack” Directed by Uttera Singh
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Honey Pot” Directed by Merve Tekin
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian Acreman
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Music Video Directed by Lance Khazei
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Directed by Yishan Lin
  • “Notorious Corn”Directed by Mallory Grolleau
  • “Now's A Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by Brian Kohne
  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  • “Smooth Moves” Directed by Chris Beauchamp & Cris Seppola-Podsada
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
  • “The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines & Bruno Alvarado
  • “The Driving Seat” Directed by Phil Lowe
  • “The Focus Group” Directed by Heather Fink
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith & David Nobles
  • “The Party Pooper” Directed by Kurt Schneider

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Official Selections: Screenplays

  • “Actors Anonymous” written by Marilyn Swick
  • “Bad Weather” wrtten by Troy Graham
  • “Deli Takeout (Pilot Episode of Brooklyn Deli)” written by Jim Norman
  • “God's Psychiatrist” written by Stephen M. Hunt
  • “The Poor Man's Agent” written by Tyler Cochran - Download Screenplay
  • “Jaguars” written by Adrienne Dawes
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson
  • “Princess Pussy” written by Renee Sevier
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura Koons
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly” written by Troy Graham
  • “The End” written by Kelly Jean Karma

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for “Most Original Concept”

  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis - Winner!
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp
  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for "Best Animated Comedy Film"

  • “Notorious Corn” Directed by Mallory Grolleau
  • “A Bumpy Ride" Directed by Chang Shu - Winner!

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for "Best Comedy Short Film"

  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp - Winner!
  • “Marigolds” Directed by Jillian Acreman
  • “Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • “Now's a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for "Best Micro Comedy Short Film"

  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon
  • "The Cinephiles” Directed by Gonzalo Ladines and Bruno Alvarado
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • "The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III - Winner!
  • “Now's a Bad Time” Directed by Michael Oberst

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for "Funniest Music Video"

  • “One Champion” Directed by JohnMark Triplett
  • “NAMCAR Night Race” Directed by Lance Khazei - Winner!
  • “Only Wanna Party” Directed by Brian Kohne
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Cinematography

  • “Business Trip” DP Anoop Lokkur
  • “El Audifono” DP Marc Milo - Winner!
  • "The Cinephiles” DP Cesar Vallejos Cheng
  • “Doucheaholics” DP Mikul Eriksson
  • “The Driving Seat” DP Adrian Brown

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Editing

  • “NAMCAR” Edited by Alan Wagner - Winner!
  • “McClane” Editing by Stanley Sievers
  • “Ninja Kitchen” Edited by Yishan Lin
  • “Doucheaholics” Edited by Dustin Strocchia
  • “The Cinephiles” Edited by Chino Pinto

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Original Music

  • “A Bumpy Ride” by Corey Wallace
  • “The Government is Watching” by Sizzle
  • “Gynecologist: The Musical” by Andy Byrd - Winner!
  • "Party Pooper" by Gabriel Sayre
  • “The Government is Watching” Directed by Skyler Smith

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Actress

  • Elizabeth O'Callaghant in “Business Trip”
  • Maria Alfonsa Rosso in “El Audifono”
  • Kim Shaw in "Exit Survey”- Winner!
  • Janie Dee in “The Driving Seat”
  • Sara Benincasa in "The Focus Group"

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Actor

  • Patrick Shivers in “Party Pooper”
  • Nick Bezmaterny in “McClane”
  • Bradley James Duffy in “Dr. Sunshine's Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Kyle Holsinger in "Fair Games"
  • Ryan O'Toole in "Marigolds"- Winner!

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Supporting Actress

  • Jamie Taylor in “Dr. Sunshine's Office: Episode 5 Dysfunction”
  • Abby Webb in “Smooth Moves”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell in “Doucheaholics”
  • Kristy Lussier in “Gynecologist: The Musical”
  • Brianna Oppenheimer in "Honey Pot”- Winner!

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Supporting Actor

  • Jesse Salazar IV in “The Box Boy”- Winner!
  • Wlliam Woods in “McClane”
  • Blake Cooper Griffin in “Exit Survey"
  • Kenneth Wayne Bradley in "The Bitters Truth"
  • Guy F. Wicke in Ninja Kitchen

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Single Funniest Moment

  • “Business Trip” Directed by Anthony Dillon - Winner!
  • “Now's a Bad Time" Directed by Michael Oberst
  • “Dr. Sunshine” Directed by Joel Salaysay
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Exit Survey” Directed by Thom Harp

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Texas Film

  • “The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III
  • “A Toast” Directed by Sam Casey
  • “Invisible Men Invade Earth” Directed by David Davis
  • “The Bitters Truth” Directed by Trey Huguley & Andrew Porter - Winner!
  • "Fair Games" Directed by Grant Moore

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Director

  • "Doucheaholics” Directed by Sean McCarthy
  • "Fair Games" Directed by Grant Moore
  • “Gynecologyst: The Musical” Directed by Andy Byrd - Winner!
  • “McClane” Directed by Stanley Sievers
  • "The Box Boy” Directed by Jesse Salazar III

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for Best Ensemble Cast

  • “McClane”
  • “Now's a Bad Time”
  • “Doucheaholics”
  • "Ninja Kitchen"
  • "The Bitters Truth" - Winner!

Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016 Nominations for "Best Comedy Screenplay"

  • “The Poor Man's Agent” written by Tyler Cochran - Download Screenplay
  • “The Day The Earth Stood Awkwardly” written by Troy Graham
  • “Kites” written by Derrick Ferguson - Download Screenplay
  • “Sweet Therapy” written by Laura Koons - Winner!
  • “Actors Anonymous” written by Marilyn Swick

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Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017 Official Selections: Film

 

The Houston Comedy Film Festival Spring 2017 screened 21 films at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Mason Park on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 @ 2:00pm - 6:00pm.

“Andy's Venture” Directed by Pirie Martin (Australia)
“Art Sale” Directed by Jeff Gentner
“Dollar King” Directed by Andrew Pollins (Toronto, Canada) - Watch the Trailer
“Fratino” Directed by Stanley Sievers (Chicago, Illinois)
“Growing Apart” Directed by Eitan Loewenstein
“Imaginary Friends” Directed by Jason C. Brown
“Instapocalypse” Directed by Martin Sofiedal (Norway)
“Kara” Directed by Paul Griffin (United Kingdom)
“LeSeurdmin” Directed by Nicholas De Fina (Chicago, Illinois) - Watch the Trailer
“Maria Fernanda in Time” Directed by Xavier Pijuan (Spain) Watch the Trailer
“Mission Accomplished” Directed by Claus Martin (Germany) - Watch the Trailer
“New Roommate” Directed by Victor Yerrid
Normal Behavior” Directed by Corey Craig
“Oh Baby” Directed by Rory Rooney
“Pajero” Directed by Javier San Román (Spain)
“Philosurfers” Directed by Monk Hooper and Paul Sauline (New York City)
“Radio Silence” Directed by Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh (Burbank, California)
“Smooth Talk” Directed by Zachary Isenberg (Los Angeles, California)
“Uniforms” Directed by Ross Vivian (Toronto, Canada)
“Woman of my Dreams” Directed by Millan Luis Vazquez Ortiz (Spain)
“You're Alive” Directed by W. Alex Reeves

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017 Award Winners

"Best Actor"Award: Diego Sanchez in "Fratino"
"Best Actress" Award: Natalie Lynch in "Imaginary Friends"
"Best Cinematography" Award: "Philosurfers" Cinematographer Paul Sauline
"Best Comedy Short Screenplay" Award: "The Drop" Written by Jarrod Austin
"Best Editing" Award: "Fratino" Editor Stanley Sievers
"Best Dark Comedy Film" Award: "Instapocalypse"
"Best Director" Award: "LeSeurdmin" Directed by Nicholas De Fina
"Best Ensemble Cast" Award: "Art Sale"
"Best Feature Film" Award: "LeSeurdmin" Directed by Nicholas De Fina
"Best Feature Film Screenplay" Award: "Operation Chaos" Written by Steve Bensinger
"Best Microshort Film" Award: "Smooth Talk"
"Best Original Music" Award: "Smooth Talk" by Jason Lesner and Gregg Allen
"Best Short Film" Award: "Art Sale"
"Best Supporting Actor" Award: James Mathis III in "Imaginary Friends"
"Best Supporting Actress" Award: Angie Dick in "Smooth Talk"
"Most Original Concept" Award: "Radio Silence" Directed by Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
"Single Funniest Moment" Award: "You're Alive"

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017 Official Selections: Feature Screenplays

“23 Hours” Written by Wynn Reichert
“A Snowballs Chance in Hell” Written by Gregory Lane
“Bad Hair Day” Written by Richard Geiwitz
"Black Firday” Written by Mikhael Bassilli
“Franz Kafka: Golf Pro” Written by Brian Weakland
“Hal The Spud King of Japan” Written by John Thibault
“It's a Job” Written by Emmett Raitt
“Kpop” Written by Brendan Vogel & Matthew Clingempeel
“Love in Kilnerry” Written by Brian Hedenberg
“Malingerers” Written by Chastity Lively
“Maybe Shower” Written by Lex Lybrand
“Operation Chaos” Written by Steve Bensinger - Winner!
“Roadtrippers” Written by Rebecca de Fargues
“Royally Duped: A Fairytale Gone Askew” Written by Winnie Khaw
“St. Patrick Saves Boston” Written by Vince Grittani
“The Brothers Pornovsky” Written by David Bertoni
“The Drop” Written by Jarrod Austin
“The Mountain” Written by Phillip O'Sullivan
“The Obsolete Child” Written by Stefano Jay Bozzo
“We're Men of Old Age” Written by Scott Dissinger

 

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017 Official Selections: Short Screenplays

“A Most Unusual Birth” Written by Shawn Harmon
“Anatomically Modern Human for President” Written by Amanda R. Martinez
“Azalea” Written by Zachar Weik
“Bantam Bloom” Written by Cory Zerbe & Michael Garza
“Dill We Meet Again” (Pilot Episode of "Max's Brooklyn Deli") Written by Jim Norman
“Eleventh Earl of Getzford” Written by Jess Grant
“From Schmear To Eternity” (Pilot Episode for Max's Brooklyn Deli) Written by Jim Norman
“GCC Strong” Written by Keegan Moore
“MUSED” Written by James M Martin
“Paper Sunday” Written by Rachel Napolitano
“Pickled Red Herring” ("Brooklyn Deli Pilot Episode") Written by Jim Norman
“Remedy” Written by Margina Sisson
“Slam Fest” Written by Jeff Hoferer
"The Drop" Written by Jarrod Austin
“The Adventures of Kitty Zombie” Written by John Laflamboy & Mike Bradecich
“The Mother Lode” Written by Marc Lalonde
“The New Girlfriend” Written by David Samuels
“Three Legged Dog” Written by Joshua Magor
“We're Bros Right?” Written by David Samuels
“Welcome to America” Written by Richard Geiwitz
“Witch Way Love” Written by James M Martin

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Actress Award Nominations

"Imaginary Friends" Natalie Lynch
"New Roommate" Lana McKissack
"Instapocalypse" Cecile Svendsen
"Woman of my Dreams" Marian Aguilera
"Growing Apart" Lynn Chen

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Actor Award Nominations

"Fratino" Diego Sanchez
"Instapocalypse" Patrick Finzi
"Radio Silence" Max Allen
"Growing Apart" Evan Arnold
"You're Alive" Michael Palascak

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Cinematography Award Nominations

"Radio Silence" Tim Harbour
"Dollar King"
"Fratino" Taylor Russ
"Philosurfers" Paul Sauline
"Uniforms" Collin Morrison

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Dark Comedy Film Award Nominations

"Instapocalypse"Directed by Martin Sofiedal
"Andys Venture" Directed by Pirie Martin
"Growing Apart" Directed by Eitan Loewenstein
"Woman of my Dreams" Directed by Javier San Román
"Mission Accomplished" Directed by Claus Martin

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Director Award Nominations

"Growing Apart" Eitan Lowenstein
"Art Sale" Jeff Gentner
"Imaginary Friends" Jason C. Brown
"You're Alive" W. Alex Reeves
"LeSeurdmin" Nicholas De Fina

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Editing Award Nominations

"Fratino" Stanley Sievers
"LeSeurdmin" Nicolas De Fina
"Maria Fernando in Time"
"Dollar King" Rafael Nur
"Mission Accomplished" Nils Dunsche

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Ensemble Cast Award Nominations

"Art Sale"
"Dollar King"
"Mission Accomplished"
"Philosurfers"
"Uniforms"

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Feature Length Comedy Screenplay Award Nominations

“Kpop” Written by Brendan Vogel & Matthew Clingempeel
“Malingerers” Written by Chastity Lively
“Operation Chaos” Written by Steve Bensinger
“Roadtrippers” Written by Rebecca de Fargues
“The Mountain” Written by Phillip O'Sullivan

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Micro Short Film Award Nominations

"You're Alive"
"Instapocolypse"
"Kara"
"Mission Accomplished"
"Smooth Talk"

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Original Music Award Nominations

"Smooth Talk" Jason Lesner and Gregg Allen
"LeSeurdmin" Sam Pink
"Andy's Venture" Christopher Jazzcat
"Pajero" Jl Roman
"Uniforms" Parker Bossley

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Short Film Award Nominations

"Uniforms"
"Normal Behavior"
"New Roommate"
"Art Sale"
"Philosurfers"

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Supporting Actress Award Nominations

"Smooth Talk" Angie Dick
"Art Sale" McKenzie Almire
"Maria Fernando in Time" Mercè Carrió
"You're Alive" Sam Howard
"Oh Baby" Sonya Eddy

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: Best Supporting Actor Award Nominations

"Imaginary Friends" James Mathis III
"Oh Baby" Andy Goldenberg
"New Roommate" Nathan Moore
"Pajero" Juanan Bilbao
"New Roommate" Victor Yerrid

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2017: "Single Funniest Moment" Award Nominations

"Kara"
"You're alive"
"Oh Baby"
"New Roommate"
"Mission Accomplished"