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LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL AND FUNNY OR DIE ANNOUNCE SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR MAKE ’EM LAFF TALENT CONTEST

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced today the launch of the second annual Funny Or Die Make ’em LAFF contest, an internet talent search to discover content creators of color and underrepresented voices who specialize in comedy. Last year’s winner Suzi Yoonessi’s Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High was selected from over 300 submissions.

“We are so thrilled to work with Funny Or Die again,” said Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  “Our mission of discovering diverse talent gets amplified through their reach.”

Submissions are now open until May 8, 2015. This year’s jury will be comprised of Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell and comedians Jason Mantzoukas (Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation), Beth Stelling (@midnight, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Ron Funches (Kroll Show, Undateable)

The Los Angeles Film Festival and Funny Or Die invite content creators and comedians from underrepresented communities (i.e. artists of color, women and/or LGBT) to submit videos of under five minutes in length showcasing their diverse, unique and authentic comedic voices. Short films, webisodes, animation and music videos are welcome. Visit the Make ’em LAFF page on the Funny Or Die website for full competition details. The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2015.

10 short-listed videos will be announced and streamed on the Funny Or Die website on May 15, 2015. From those 10 short-listed films, Funny Or Die and Los Angeles Film Festival Curator Elvis Mitchell will select three finalists to screen their films in conjunction with a live comedy show during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 10-18 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles. The winner will be announced live at the Make ’em LAFF showcase at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The winner will also meet with a Funny Or Die producer where they’ll pitch ideas for their next comedy video and once Funny Or Die approves a concept, we will co-produce the video and have it distributed on Funny Or Die.

Passes to the Los Angeles Film Festival go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 21. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 5. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 19.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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