WHY WE ARE HERE
LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world’s most original comedy film-makers. We champion the craft of comedy film-making through training, screenings, outreach and funding. We also run the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the UK’s only international comedy film festival, which returns to BFI Southbank and selected cinemas in April 2016.
More than any other genre, comedy bridges social divides. Since the beginning of film, comedy has united generations, cultures and classes: the Lumiere Brothers included a comedy in the first ever public film screening in 1895. And more than any other country, Britain has a great tradition of film comedy, from Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Cary Grant through to Ealing, Carry On and Monty Python, and to Sacha Baron Cohen, Edgar Wright, Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris.
Comedy is also at the heart of our independent film industry, with movies like Skeletons, Sightseers and our LOCO Discovery Award winners SuperBob, Gone Too Far!, Black Pond and Wizard’s Way creating distinctive, original takes on British life. But for all its artistic and commercial success, comedy is critically overlooked; only five comedies have ever won Best Picture at the Academy Awards: It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take It With You, The Apartment, Annie Hall and The Artist.
LOCO campaigns for better recognition of the craft of comedy film-making by illuminating the techniques behind the movies, by celebrating great work, and by helping to train the next generation of comedy film-makers.
WHY GO LOCO?
LOCO offers the world’s most original comedy films and film-makers, and the opportunity to share an unforgettable film experience.
If you’re a comedy film fan…
LOCO offers a chance to meet and interact with your comedy film heroes and to share your love of comedy film with other fans.
If you’re an established filmmaker…
LOCO offers the chance to promote your work, build a lasting relationship with your audience, and the space to network with other filmmakers and industry members.
If you’re an emerging filmmaker…
LOCO offers the opportunity to learn at first-hand from established talent, connecting you to those who can help you to hone your craft.
If you’re a producer or distributor…
LOCO are specialists in comedy, working with a wide range of actors, writers, distributors, exhibitors and other areas of the industry. As the only British feature film festival that specialises in comedy, the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival gives comedy films a chance to shine, and to attract extra public and media attention. We also create one-off events around comedy film screenings, and of course have a large network of comedy film lovers.
Partnership can be anything from co-promoted products or services to co-producing events, sharing TV rights or becoming headline sponsors: we’re happy to discuss a wide range of options and commitments, rather than confine you to a pre-packaged deal. For more information, get in touch with us here.