NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Comedy Film Festival (NOCFF) announces its inaugural lineup with seventy films including seven features and sixty-three shorts. The Festival takes place April 1 (no foolin’!) – April 5 at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Ave.), the Southern Rep Theatre (2541 Bayou Rd.), and the Beaubourg Theatre (614 Gravier St.).

What began as a plan for a one or two-day program, has become a five-day extravaganza spanning different comedy genres. NOCFF begins with a kickoff party at Cafe Istanbul on April 1st, which features a heavily local showcase that will take place in two programming blocks. Local films are also spread throughout the festival.

The centerpiece film, “Faith Based,” is a heartwarming look at friendship and what it takes to make your dreams come true, while examining faith and the Christian film industry. It stars Funny or Die regulars Tanner Thomason and Luke Barnett (who wrote the film) with hilarious appearances by Jason Alexander, Lance Reddick, Margaret Cho, and Dave Koechner. It will screen Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaubourg Theater. There will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the film.

Other highlights include international features, such as Love Type D (UK) and The return of Richard III on the 9:24am train (France), student films, documentaries, parodies, satire, and all manner of absurdities. Closing night will feature “Funny Tweets,” a documentary about a cashier whose tweets help him become friends with Andy Richter and writers for Family Guy & The Simpsons.

NOCFF kept its submission fees and ticket prices low in order to attract a good number of filmmakers and viewers for the first year, but it doesn’t skimp on quality. There are truly exceptional films and the staff is excited to see who will win the audience awards.

“This city has a strong, seductive personality, including its enduring sense of humor. That’s why we felt starting a comedy film fest was a natural fit, and think it will continue to grow over the years, featuring more and more voices,” said Hallie Sheck, president of the New Orleans Comedy Film Festival. “This year’s program has something for everyone, including horror-comedies, rom-coms, and projects from both here in New Orleans, and from all over the world, like Tel-Aviv, the UK, and Peru. If you like to laugh, you’ll love this festival! If you don’t like to laugh, then I’m just glad you read this far.”

More sponsorship information is forthcoming. The festival is open to partnerships and sponsorships. More information is available at info@nocff.com.

The full schedule is here.

Tickets are available here.