Aussie Comedy Short Wins at L.A. Film Festival

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Atonement Tonight, the latest comedy short from Sydney film maker Anny Slater has won a Columbine Award for Best Short Screenplay at the Moondance Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Following on from recent selection at the Broad Humor Comedy Film Festival in Los Angeles Atonement Tonight, the latest political comedy short from Sydney film maker Anny Slater, has won a Columbine Award for Best Short Screenplay at the Moondance Film Festival in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles awards ceremony was attended by actors and celebrities including William Hurt, Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch and screened films featuring Susan Sarandon, Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Phylis Diller and Brad Garrett

Atonement Tonight written, directed and produced by Slater and her first foray into animation is voiced by Sydney comedian Simon Kennedy and scored by Melbourne comedian Stephen Blackburn with storyboards by Peter Sheehan. The film was produced at Complete Post, Melbourne where Slaters’ next comedy film The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim is in post. Roman Pilgrim has been invited to screen at the 2007 River Run Film Festival in North Carolina, a festival started by actor Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order”) and his family

Slater said Atonement Tonight, which spoofs U.S. entertainment program Entertainment Tonight was a joy to work on.

“..When one works with exceptional comedic talent like Simon Kennedy and Stephen Blackburn and creatives such as Peter Sheehan and the crew at Complete Post it very easy to garner awards. It’s wonderful to receive an acknowledgment of the work but it is also a load of fun to work with great people….”

In the last year, Slater was a freelance comedy writer for the Australian Nine Network comedy program Comedy Inc-The Late Shift. In 2004, her first film The Ball was short listed for nomination in the best live action short category of the 2004 Academy Awards, was nominated for a United Nations Media Peace Prize and won a Christopher Wetzel comedy award from Chicago's Gene Siskel Center. The Ball screened at more than 60 film festivals around the world and was sold to Australian TV and released on DVD in Europe.

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