The Film Festival Circuit came to Reno on Sunday and presented the Reno Comedy Film Festival at Reno Little Theater. The festival featured short comedy submissions from independent filmmakers.
It was the second time the festival has been held in Reno. The event has also been held in Houston and Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon, with each festival featuring a different set of judges and submissions.
The films ranged in content from humorous takes on social commentary, vegan/animal rights activism and fatherhood to comedic shorts. More abstract content included “My Dinner with Weiner,” which centered around a fictional staged date with Weiner Herzog by Klaus Kinski who attempts to assassinate Herzog for rejecting him from a screenplay.
The shorts also ranged in style from elaborate cinematography as seen in “Adventure Dads,” to more dialog-based shorts like “The Love Suckers” featuring Hollywood veteran Eddie Deezen.
Mikel Fair, owner of the festival, said he brings the event to Reno in an attempt to find a market with “no film festival presence” and to “get films into as many markets as possible” in an attempt to share the “untapped reservoir of talent.”
(Editor’s note: Reno has hosted other film festivals including the Cordillera Film Festival.)
Filmmakers were in attendance from as far away as New York City and the event is expected to grow for future festivals, according to Fair.
The next scheduled Reno Comedy Film Festival is March 2022 at a venue yet to be announced. Admission is free and information for submissions, tickets and the other FFC festival content can be found at www.filmfestivalcircuit.com.
Born in 1971, Eric Marks was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and family where photography and literature were normal parts of his life. His parents were always enthusiastic and supportive of his photography as a child, and encouraged him to read and write as much as possible. From 2005 to 2012 he owned an award-winning, international, high definition video production company, and has produced video and photography in over 14 different countries on four continents. Eric majored at the University of Nevada, Reno in English/Writing and Art, graduating with English and Photography degrees in 2013, and again with an Art degree in 2018. He teaches all genres of photography at Truckee Meadows Community College, is a freelance photojournalist for several publications, and offers private photography instruction.