All Funny Business Here: Comedy Film Fest Hits STL Tomorrow

By Amanda McCubbins
In Culture
Courtesy of Sham Film Festival

Courtesy of Sham Film Festival

The Sham Film Festival will hold its inaugural event tomorrow at 7pm at the Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University (470 E. Lockwood). The festival is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will screen 15 short films from a variety of comedic fields.

In a field over-saturated with dramatic works and serious films, talented and established filmmakers have hundreds of opportunities to show their work at film festivals. The Sham Film Festival founder Matt Newlin saw an untapped market of talent: The thousands of filmmakers who dedicate themselves to making us laugh.

Inspired by internet humor videos on sites like YouTube and CollegeHumor, Newlin wanted to create a festival to celebrate the wealth of mockery, spoofs, satires and comedic films that are often overlooked by “real” film festivals. “I want to celebrate these filmmakers and give their work the proper theatrical viewing they deserve,” he says. “We’re showcasing films that are funny, intelligent and extremely well done.”

These talented filmmakers will be competing for The Sham Film Festival’s top honor: The Palm’d Oar. Apart from the lineup of hilarious films, attendees will enjoy a Tosh.0 style introduction to each piece by talented funnyman Graham Eason Nolan.

Newlin and his team have put together a truly special event to celebrate funny films and the artists who make them. “We have three filmmaking teams who will be in attendance,” he says. “It will be great to be a part of their special night, because in the end this is all about the filmmakers.”

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, check out shamfilmfestival.com.

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