Margate-based media company Beeping Bush hosted the 2 Days’ Laughter April Fools’ comedy short film screening on 2nd April 2011 with over 250 comedy fans packing out The Theatre Royal Margate to watch the 46 films made by filmmakers from all over the UK.
2 Days’ Laughter bills itself as the ‘World’s Most Accessible International Comedy Short Film Festival’. This is because of the unique production challenge to make the film in only two days. Submissions to 2 Days’ Laughter have often come from first-time filmmaking teams. Films have to be less than 5 minutes long and this year had to include at least three of the following unique identifiers – an egg, a hat, the word Margate, a current event, a work of art, and the phrase “ I haven’t seen one of those in years!”, to prove they were made especially for the festival. This year, entries came in from across the UK and Europe.
Although relatively new, the 2 Days’ Laughter Short Comedy Film Festival is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the country’s best comedy festivals. The judges included actress Brenda Bleythn and Film 4’s Development Editor, Lila Rawlings, as well as other top film and entertainment industry professionals.
Kent filmmakers won in 6 of the 11 categories, including a team of three who recently trained at the Theatre Royal Margate Youth Theatre. Their film, Emergency Exorcism, scooped the award for best Matinee Screening. A polished action film entry from Rochester, The Lovers Tiff, won Best Cinematography and Best Editor, with Ed Hall nominated for Best Director.
The competition is now in its 5th year and was sponsored by Screen South, Kent County Council Arts Investment and Local Schemes Grant.
More information and a list of the winners can be found at the Beeping Bush website: http://www.beepingbush.co.uk/