Sep 142011

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Aussie Comedy Film Honoured by Hollywood Screenwriter at Christopher Wetzel Comedy Film Awards Chicago

(PRWEB) May 11, 2005

The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of Art Institute of Chicago has announced that from a field of 50 international shorts and feature films, and judged by Hollywood screenwriter Dana Olsen (“Inspector Gadget”, “George of the Jungle”, “The Burbs”), that Aussie short film THE BALL showed “exceptional promise and creativity in the comedy genre” and would receive an honourable mention in the annual Christopher Wetzel Comedy Film Awards which will be presented in Chicago on 25 June 2005.

The awards, in honour of Chicago film critic Christopher Wetzel, were established to support independent filmmakers in their efforts to explore the art of comedy on film.

A 35mm print of THE BALL will screen at the awards ceremony before a star studded audience and ChicagoÂ’s film elite. The gala evening, which includes a reception following the show, is a benefit for the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center.

THE BALL starring Max Gillies as cricket loving Prime Minister Howard and Gabby Millgate as a soccer loving refugee has, since its release in 2003, screened at more than 60 international film festivals and received widespread acclaim. In 2004 the film was short listed for best short live action film in the 2004 Oscars race and nominated for a United Nations Media Peace award. More recently, the film was invited to screen for the Yale University film faculty in Connecticut, alma mater of Jodie Foster, the Cohen Bros and David Hyde Pierce, where the film was enthusiastically received. The film also recently screened along side director Vicky Jensen’s (“Shrek” “A Shark’s Tale”) first live action film at the River Run Film Festival in the U.S.

The film was written and directed by Anny Slater and co-produced with Lily Hamdan and Serafina Froio. Ms SlaterÂ’s second film The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim a 30 minute dance film will be released in July and has an impressive line up of Australian musical and comedic talent including a score by jazz impresario James Morrison. The film traces the antics of Roman Pilgrim as he leaves the Australian outback town of Hope down the Road of Life in search of his lost voice and the Songlines of the Earth. The film was shot in Tiboorburra 4 hours north of Broken Hill New South Wales Australia.

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Comedy Film Short is the Hot Ticket at Summer Film Festivals — Owning Mahowny Scribe, Maurice Chauvet

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

Screenwriter and now director, Maurice Chauvet has an enviable film festival schedule this summer with his comedic short film and has barely enough time to do laundry between festivals.

Chauvet, best known for the screenplay adaptation of the film Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003) and to live theater audiences as playwright, has a side-splitting comedy short film on the 2007 film festival circuit — “Three-Fifty.”

Recognize that number? It’s the classic charge for video late fees. Chauvet delivers the hilarious story of a guy who tries to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store only to discover their database has access to intimate details of his past — and his future. Backstage West called the stage version “screamingly funny” and “especially hilarious” and audience squeals at the film festivals agree.

Making its world-premiere this April in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen ShortsFest, comedy “Three-Fifty” was one of only 12 American films accepted into the prestigious festival. Indie Wire called it one of the two notable American films at the fest. Two weeks later, Nashville audiences were laughing it up at the Nashville International Film Festival and one week after that, comedy “Three-Fifty” had its Los Angeles premiere at Silver Lake Film Festival

The short comedy’s next film festivals:

July 12    Dances With Films, Los Angeles, CA

July 28    Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Napa, CA

August 4    Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

August 10 Hermosa Shorts Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We’ve found our audience and are having a great time building our fan base,” said writer/director Maurice Chauvet. “To take a comedy out into the world and hear people laugh and enjoy the film is what it’s all about. We got to make EXACTLY the film we wanted to make and that is a priceless experience.”

Chauvet used the actors who created the roles on stage for the short film: Evin Grensted, Michael Angelo Stuno, Melinda Augustina.

About Writer/Director Maurice Chauvet: Maurice Chauvet received a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003). He has written feature films for 20th Century Fox and Nickelodeon/Paramount. Maurice is a founding member of the Venice, CA-based theatre group Apartment A and is the company’s Co-Artistic Director. His produced plays include The Thing in the Corner, Ascension, A Safe Distance (Ovation Award nominee, best world premiere play, Backstage West Critics list), Sunday Morning, Suicide Sam, All Night Radio, Bobby Zero, The Chess Game and Wild Kingdom. Chauvet is repped by William Morris Agency

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Dec 122010

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) September 12, 2004

An Australian comedy short film The Ball that recently screened on Australian TV Network Ten as part of the “Just for Laughs” comedy series has been nominated by the United Nations for a Media Peace prize.

The short stars veteran Australian actor Max Gillies (“Gillies Report”) as a cricket loving Prime Minister Howard and Australian comedienne Gabby Millgate (“Babe Pig in the City”, “Muriel’s Wedding”) as a soccer loving boat person who washes ashore in Australia. The nomination is reportedly the first time a short film, and additionally a comedy short film, has been nominated for the award.

The film is the brainchild of Anny Slater, a Melbourne raised Sydney entertainment lawyer who wrote and directed the film, and who with fellow producers Lily Hamdan and Serafina Froio, has steered the film to success at more that 60 international film festivals since its release in April 2003 including the short listing at the 2004 Oscars as best live action short film and screening at The Hamptons and San Francisco Film Festivals. At San Francisco, the film was a finalist for best short film selected by a panel headed by international director Milos Foreman (“Amadeus”). It also played at the Santa Fe Film Festival alongside such films as Nicole Kidman’s “The Human Stain” and at the Montreal Comedy “Just for Laughs” Festival with Carl Reiner’s film “The Man with Two Brains”.

The St Johns Film Festival, Canada said of the film “Â…a sign of artistic maturity is the ability to look at the world with razor-sharp witÂ…. The Ball is a hilarious homage to and critique of Jane Campion’s The Piano, Â…. In a few brilliantly crafted images, The Ball manages to score major laughs of recognition, as the mute heroine, Ada, travels to New Zealand to meet her new husband with her Scottish terrier and her soccer ball. Mistaking refugee-challenged Australian Prime Minister John Howard for her husband, Ada must deal with his strange demands and the loss of her precious ball. Need we say more?”

Ms Slater said, “The Ball is a kind of ‘natural responseÂ’ for me to the distressing Australian and international events of the last 2 years. Comedy is most often the most effective method of highlighting serious issues. IÂ’m just glad it translates to audiences locally and in other countries so they can laugh today and think about the underlying issues tomorrow.”

The Media Peace Awards will be announced in October 2004

For production stills, further information or interviews, please contact Anny Slater on +61 (0)411 283 776 or .

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