LOCO: London’s Comedy Film Festival

For its 5th year, LOCO’s Comedy Film Festival, the UK’s only international comedy film festival, returns to BFI Southbank and selected cinemas in April 2016. Based on the belief that comedy bridges social divides, the festival celebrates and commemorates the genre with a diverse programme of filmmakers and events.

The programme includes silent comedies with live introductions, entertainment and music. Taking a look at silent comedy and slapstick techniques, LOCO interpret how music affects what makes us laugh, and introduce some of the greatest names in British and Hollywood silent film. As part of their Liberté, Égalité, Hilarité selection, a celebration of French comedy encompasses a screening of the complete adventures of Antoine Doinel, documenting the emotional teenage years through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. The non-profit organisation has also teamed up with the London Short Film Festival for a celebration of small movies: our favourite British short comedy films from the 21st century.

Other selections include iShorts + Funny Girls: An introduction of new female directors, Daisies: a 50th Anniversary Screening, Sophie Letourneur’s Gaby Baby Doll and Burn Burn Burn a touching road movie with an all British cast.

LOCO, BFI Southbank and other selected cinemas, 20 April – 1 May.

1. Still from Dir V?ra Chytilová, Daisies, (CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1966). Courtesy of  LOCO Film Festival