by Hogan Short
Many of the best stand-up comedians in the world will be West Coastin’ it in February for Vancouver’s annual JFL NorthWest comedy festival. Also returning for its second year will be the Vancouver Just for Laughs Film Festival.
Taking place over the course of six days and screening nine hilarious movies from around the world, the film portion of JFL NorthWest is another incredible aspect to look forward to. The films will be showing at VanCity Theatre from February 15 to 20, starring incredible and recognizable talent like Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta). There is also a competitive short film program, which is a unique and appealing way to digest comedic films.
This year’s JFL Film Festival will build on the success of last year, not just with some of the year’s best comedies, but by hosting events and creator talks. This year JFL will have Seth Rogen back in his hometown to speak to an audience at the Vogue Theatre on Feb. 15 with his long-time writing and producing partner, Evan Goldberg. They will talk about their wildly successful partnership, their long history making movies together and what is next to come from them both. There also promises to be a hilarious In-Conversation on Feb. 19 with none other than the scene stealing Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Crazy Rich Asians).
If all of that wasn’t enough to already have you laughing with what is on the program for this year, there will also be creator talks from the screenwriters from some of the best recent comedies, such as Mark Perez (Game Night). If you are a filmmaker yourself there will be tickets available for talks with industry experts on how to do everything from financing your film to pitching your script.
So for Valentine’s Day this year, wait an extra day and go to Vancouver’s Just For Laugh’s Film Festival, something that is actually going to be enjoyable for everyone.
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