WHY ARE WE 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.