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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival Presents: Comedy Short Shorts

Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival Presents: Comedy Short Shorts

Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival presents:

Comedy Short Shorts

Doors 12:00PM | Show 12:30PM

+19/ No Groupons or passes accepted for this screening.

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Nicola Pender (Thunderbird Films)
Jason James (Director, Entanglement)
Chris Kelly (Producer, This is That)
Erika Kumar (Creative BC)
Lizzy Karp (Telus Storyhive)
Jonas Woost (Telus Storyhive)

Jason James

JASON JAMES is an award winning producer/writer/director based in Vancouver and
Los Angeles. He recently directed/produced the indie drama/comedy ENTANGLEMENT
starring Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Jess Weixler (Teeth), and Diana Bang (The
Interview). The film will be released in North America on February 9th, 2018.

He also directed/produced the indie feature THAT BURNING FEELING (starring John
Cho, Tyler Labine, and Paulo Costanzo). The film played numerous festivals, won Best
Feature at VIFF, and was released in both the USA and Canada by eOne Films and
Search Engine Films in 2014.

Other projects include producing: THE STEPS by director Andrew Currie (starring Jason
Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, and Christine Lahti), MOUNTAIN MEN by
director Cam Labine (starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine), and the Carl Bessai
directed features REPEATERS, COLE, FATHERS & SONS, and UNNATURAL &
ACCIDENTAL. He also co-created and produced the CBC comedy series THIS SPACE

Jason has previously been invited to attend the Film Independent Producer’s Lab,
Telefilm/CFC/Just For Laughs Comedy Features Lab (three times), Toronto Film Festival
Talent Lab, the Rotterdam Talent Lab, a CTV Fellowship at the Banff Television Festival,
the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program, and The Academy of
Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Director Apprenticeship program.

Lizzy Karp

Meet Lizzy. She loves to laugh and is thrilled to be a part of the JFL Film Fest Jury. You may know Lizzy Karp from her work at STORYHIVE, supporting BC & Alberta-based creators to tell stories on screen. Or maybe you know her from events she has produced across Vancouver, as a part of creative studio Here There or her storytelling events Rain City Chronicles. But it’s probably because you’ve seen her walking her dog Farley through Mount Pleasant.

Jonas Woost

Jonas is a digital media and entertainment executive with experience working for start-ups as well as established corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Since 2015, Jonas has been the Executive Producer, Original Content & STORYHIVE at TELUS which provides millions of dollars funding as well as exposure to Canadian filmmakers. With over $12 billion of annual revenue, TELUS is one of the biggest telecommunications companies in Canada.

Previously Jonas was with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where he ran CBC Music, one of the most successful digital music services in Canada, attracting 1.2 million Canadians every month

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a video and podcast director. He is also a founding partner at Kelly&Kelly Creative, the company behind the critically acclaimed comedy podcast Dexter Guff Is Smarter Than You, and CBC’s award-winning satire series, This Is That.

Erika Kumar

Erika Kumar is a Business Analyst at Creative BC. She manages Development funding programs including Industry Initiatives (or Sponsorships) and the Interactive Fund. She is also responsible for the administration of the MPPIA Short Film Award and the Daryl Duke & William Vince Scholarships.
Erika graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and has an Entertainment Administration Certificate from the University of British Columbia. Prior to working at Creative BC Erika was a project coordinator for The Adbusters Media Foundation.

Nicola Pender

Nicola is the Director of Communications for Thunderbird Entertainment. She runs the Media and Marketing departments across the Thunderbird group of companies and is responsible for media relations, branding and communications. Thunderbird’s most recent credits include CBC’s hit comedy “Kim’s Convenience”, Netflix animated Original series “Beat Bugs”, “Somewhere Between” for ABC and “Blade Runner: 2049”. Nicola is on the board of Women in Film & Television Vancouver and runs her own company Pender PR.

The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival is proud to present the fourth edition of the Comedy Short Shorts competition. Comedy Short Shorts will once again shine a well-deserved spotlight on the talented filmmakers and comedians of the Pacific Northwest, as they compete for a first prize of $1000 and the chance to have their short screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal!

Comedy Short Shorts began as an event to bring together comedians and filmmakers that were creating short form comedic video content for internet release, and gave them a platform to view their work on the big screen in front of a live audience. In a time when so much video content is viewed on tiny screens by single viewers clicking through the never-ending scroll, Comedy Short Shorts brought people out of their homes and into the community, gathering them together in a venue where their laughter could be enjoyed in real-time by the talented filmmakers who created the work.

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