Finalists Announced for 2018 Laugh Out Loud Presents: 
Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts

July 12, 2018


Finalists Announced for Laugh Out Loud Presents: 
Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts

Top 5 Short Films Selected by Fans to Screen At the Just For Laughs Festival
On Thursday, July 26, 7 pm at the Phi Centre, Montreal

Fans Can Stream and Vote for the Top 10 Films
Starting Saturday, July 14, 9 am (PDT) at

Montreal, QC [July 12, 2018]Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and Just For Laughs ComedyPRO today announced the 10 finalists selected for Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a competition in search of the funniest short films.

In alphabetical order, the 10 short films selected are:

* Behind Closed Doors — Bianca Armbruster (Director)
* Curious Georgina — Feraz Ozel (Director)
* Eat My Shorts Film Submission — Eduard Witzke (Director)
* Fowl Play — Rachel Cairns and Brendan Jeffers (Directors)
* Lyfe Crushers — Trevor Williams (Director)
* Sweet Revenge — Pascal Atuma (Director)
* The Application — Brenda Saucedo (Director)
* The Call — Eric Toth (Director)
* The Prologue — Maxwell Michael Towson (Director)
* Worry Warts — Laura Rudnicki and Lexy Paul (Directors)

Fans can stream all 10 short films on Laugh Out Loud’s YouTube page starting Saturday, July 14 and ending Tuesday, July 17. They can also vote for their favorites by liking the video.

The five films with the most likes will screen at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm at Old Montreal’s Phi Centre (407 Saint-Pierre Street). The winning film will be announced at the screening with the winner(s) receiving exclusive distribution of their short film as well as a first look deal with Laugh Out Loud.

Winners of last year’s inaugural competition were Marina Squerciati (Chicago P.D.) and Patrick Webb for their short film, Special Skills: Episode 3 Hot Tea.

A partnership between Laugh Out Loud and the Just For Laughs Festival, Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts is all about discovering the next generation of diverse filmmakers. This is the second year for the US/Canada-wide competition.

Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts is free to all Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pass holders. Tickets to the screening can be purchased through the Phi Centre Box Office.

About Laugh Out Loud Network:
Laugh Out Loud is a comedy brand and multi-platform network founded by the world’s top comedian Kevin Hart, in partnership with Lionsgate. Through his network Hart delivers his vision for the future of comedy: social, mobile, multicultural and seriously funny. From stand-up legends to globally-recognized digital influencers, Hart and LOL curate comedy’s boldest voices to produce original scripted and unscripted series, stand-up specials, live broadcasts and special events. Hart brings the groundbreaking social-first strategy that earned him 100 million+ followers to Laugh Out Loud, with one core mission: keep the world laughing. Dope Comedy. Delivered Daily. Always On. Always Loud. Directly from Kevin Hart and his hand-picked crew of comedic rockstars.

About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer to the people who truly make comedy happen than at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group concentrates on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials, most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines; and live shows, including Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, Danny Bhoy, and North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few. The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which celebrates its 36th edition in 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

About the Phi Centre:
Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.

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