Chicago Comedy Film Fest to go virtual this month

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We will still laugh. Just virtually. The Chicago Comedy Film Festival was scheduled to take place March 19th-22nd, 2020 at Columbia College Chicago. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and mandatory shut down of events and non essential business in the city of Chicago, CCFF has announced their plan to launch an online virtual festival May 11th-16th at their website

The festival’s 2020 official selections will be available to view for a minimum donation of $1. Viewers can view a feature film or a group of short films for their donation. Chicago Comedy Film Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are 100% tax exempt.

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The festival posted this statement to their website:

Dear Comedy Film Communities and Comedy Film Lovers,

As we anticipated Columbia College has closed indefinitely. We are glad we got the word out to you as early as we possibly could. We do not have enough information today to secure new dates for the festival. 

We have initiated the process to refund all ticket orders. According to Film Freeway this will take up to two business days to process. If you have any concerns about this please contact us at Ticket holders will be notified of the rescheduled dates as soon as we have that information. We will keep you informed as the situation evolves and decisions come from Columbia College. 

We started this festival to support the comedy film community. These are strenuous times. Please continue to support one another and lift each others spirits.

Very Best,

The CCFF Staff

Here are some highlights of the virtual festival:

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Boys Vs. Girls (Canada, 80 Min) Boys in July. Girls in August. And never the two shall meet. But in 1990, when summer camps around the country were being shut down in record numbers, Camp Kindlewood made the bold yet economically necessary move to turn “co-ed”. Needless to say, the change did not go over well amongst the counsellors, and quickly erupted into a full on battle of the sexes. The camp was soon in ruins with morale at an all-time low. Can the boys and girls join forces in time to clean up the camp and save it from closing? Starring Colin Mochrie.

Food Place (United States, 19 Min) Written by and starring Lauren Lapkus. Food Place shows a day in the life of Carley, an employee at a garbage can of a restaurant. She is so bored of this existence that she doesn’t even have the energy to hate her job anymore. Her coworkers are predictable, no matter how weird their behaviors may seem to the outside eye. Carley wants to make a big change, but she can’t even manage to break up with her idiot boyfriend.

Waikiki P.D. (United States, 75 Min) Waikiki PD follows Officer Ha Ming’s inadvertent rise in the ranks from lowly dispatcher to being a “real” cop in Hawaii’s worst police department. He stumbles upon a huge network of illegal smuggling. The officers of Waikiki PD must take down this group of Russian mobsters.