FUNNY: Carrie Barrett and Herbert Russell in an image from the 2014 short film Open House (USA) by Deb Hiett and Marisha Murkujee.
FUNNY: Carrie Barrett and Herbert Russell in an image from the 2014 short film Open House (USA) by Deb Hiett and Marisha Murkujee. Contributed

Film festival full of comedy shorts

OVER The Fence Comedy Film Festival is the longest running touring comedy film fest in Australia (this is their 18th edition) and it is coming to Nimbin.

Over The Fence strives for excellence in curating and presenting comedy films that change the way we view the world.

This year's theme is It's a Big Bad World Out There.

This year's variety of 14 entries cover a range of both light and adult only shorts.

The festival kicks off with the wonderful Open House (USA), created by Deb Hiett and Marisha Murkujee, and involving a little too-honest real estate deal, which is imaginative and original.

The Ballad of Thundercluck is an animation penned by American filmmaker Paul Tillery and features the legacy of Thor's chicken made in true Dr Seuss style.

One of the highlights of this year's festival is Puerto Rico's Till Jail Do Us Part, involving a couple on the run who are desperate to tie the knot before they are apprehended.

Australian entry Noddy, by Ann Murison and Ben Plazzer, tells the story of a Prime Minister's PA who becomes so good at blending in, he finds himself ignored by everyone around him.

Other shorts in the line-up are The following shorts Flowers (UK), Gumtree (Australia) and Love & Commando (France) cover various genres such as romantic, black and war comedy.

Festival director Greg Coffey was pleased with the final selection.

"It's a Big Bad World Out There is proof that there are some real talented writers, producers and directors out there who are striving to make an original and of course funny film," he said.



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