LOCO aims to champion emerging comedy film talent and there is no place better to see this than in our selection of comedy shorts. This year the LOCO Discovery Awards returns with our biggest ever haul of awards on offer covering performances as well as filmmaking crafts

We are very proud to have our greatest number of awards for LOCO 2019. Short-form is where some of the most exciting talent lies. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore and test new ideas, scenarios, characters and of course gags. A short can act as a testbed for development into a feature or serialised for TV, or purely to exist as it is, a brief moment in time and flash of inspiration.

Nominated shorts this year include films from up and coming talent such as Florence Keith-Roach (A FAMILY AFFAIR) and Freddie Waters (LUGER) as well as seasoned writers and directors such as Jamie Demetriou & Joseph Pelling (JARRESSEY).We are delighted to welcome many of them back as alumni from previous LOCO training courses and look forward to watching their work develop.

Judging the shorts is harder than ever as the quality improves year on year. Our expert jury members include the sharpest minds in comedy including Kate Herron (Sex Education), Sophia Di Martino (Flowers) and script editing guru Kate Leys. Whoever wins, we know we’re looking at a hugely promising year of comedy creatives and we feel privileged to introduce them to you.

All nominated films will be shown on a special Closing Night Screening on Sunday 14th July with the winners announced at the end of the screening.

Best Short Film

Taking Stock
Cabin Pressure
Down From London
The Director

Best Short Film Script

Taking Stock
The Director
Gruel Intro Video
Down From London

Best Performance in a Short

Lobsters – Steve Oram
Taking Stock – Duncan Cowles
The Director – Anna Maguire
A Family Affair – Florence Keith-Roach
Jarressey – Jamie Demetriou

Best Ensemble Performance in a Short – in Partnership with Backstage

Last Dates
Asparagus Tips
Down From London

Best Short Short

Dog Pianist
Men Don’t Cry
Tales From Pussy Willow – Coming Into The Station
Gruel Intro Video
The Cabinet

Grand Jury

Kate Leys 

Hughie Phillips 

Christopher Granier-Deferre 

Lara Singer


Discovery Jury 

Kate Herron 

Elizabeth Sankey 

Matt Roberts 

Sophia Di Martino