SUPER TROOPERS 2 Live: An Exclusive Night of Comedy with Broken Lizard
Saturday, March 10 | Vogue Theatre

Join us for a one-of-a-kind, exclusive, one-night only special presentation of SUPER TROOPERS 2 Live! Vancouver fans will be treated to a live standup performance by Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, members of the American comedy troupe Broken Lizard, followed by an exclusive first look at select scenes from the upcoming film SUPER TROOPERS 2 (Fox Searchlight Pictures), and a candid audience Q&A session. The cult hit reunites the original cast from SUPER TROOPERS in this long-awaited film sequel, which opens across North America on April 20, 2018.

An Expert’s Guide To Buying Films
Saturday, March 10 | Sutton Place Hotel

In participation with The Consulate General of Canada in LA

They are cultural curators. Arbiters of art. Simply put, they help decide what films you see at your local multiplex, on TV, or on your favourite streaming platform. Sit down with the experts and take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear from some of the most prominent film buyers,  as they let you in on what they look for in their acquisitions, industry trends they’re watching, and get the inside scoop on what’s coming up.

Panel Participants Include:

  • Amit Dey (Amit Dey, Director of Acquisitions and Production, UPHE Content Group)
  • Dylan Wilcox (SVP Worldwide Acquisitions, eOne)
  • Dori Begley (Co-Executive Vice President, Magnolia Pictures)
  • Isabelle Stewart (Head of Acquisitions, Protagonist Pictures)
  • Moderator: Robert Wong (Vice President, Creative BC)

Inside Hollywood North: Vancouver’s Homegrown Film Community
Saturday, March 10 | Sutton Place Hotel

International producers might shoot in Vancouver for the climate or the great exchange rate, but they keep coming back because Vancouver’s film community delivers consistently exceptional work on par with the best from around the world. With a vibrant and thriving scene, Vancouver has earned its “Hollywood North” moniker for the sheer amount of film and TV work generated from this area. Hear about the BC hometown advantage with four film stakeholders whose work with domestic and international production has made Vancouver a force to be reckoned with on the world filmmaking scene.

Panel Participants Include:

  • Mina Shum (Writer, Director – Meditation Park, Double Happiness)
  • Matthew Kowalchuk (Writer, Director – Lawrence & Holloman, Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story)
  • Jason James (Producer, Director, Writer – Entanglement, The Burning Feeling, Mountain Men)
  • Moderator: Sabrina Furminger (founder and editor-in-chief, YVR Screen Scene)


World Premiere
Saturday March 10 | Rio Theatre

Following the screening, hear from Steve Byrne and Joel Ozborn in a Q&A discussion about the film, moderated by Ben Miner!

“Always Amazing” is the story of The Amazing Johnathan’s storied career as a comedian/magician, the unlikely friendship that was cemented after meeting a 12 year old boy while on tour in Australia and the unfortunate terminal diagnosis that brought them back together for one last run of shows.

Lost in Paris
B.C. Premiere
Thursday, March 1 | Vancity

Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award®-nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work, LOST IN PARIS is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.

Friday, March 2 | Fox Cabaret

The new, critically-lauded comedic television series, CORPORATE, proclaimed by Indie Wire as “the first great comedy of 2018,” will host a special event with the creators and cast, to discuss this new edgy AND VERY dark comedy.

CORPORATE takes a look at life as a Junior-Executive-in-Training at your average, soulless multi-national corporation. Matt and Jake are at the mercy of a tyrannical CEO Christian DeVille and his top lieutenants, sycophants John and Kate. As Matt and Jake navigate an ever-revolving series of disasters their only ally is Hampton DeVille Human Resources rep Grace, who is beleaguered by both her job and her exhausting relationship with the very needy Matt and Jake.


Comedy Short Shorts
Saturday, March 3 | Rio Theatre

The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival is proud to present the fourth edition of the Comedy Short Shorts competition. Comedy Short Shorts will once again shine a well-deserved spotlight on the talented filmmakers and comedians of the Pacific Northwest, as they compete for a first prize of $1000 and the chance to have their short screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal!

Comedy Short Shorts began as an event to bring together comedians and filmmakers that were creating short form comedic video content for internet release, and gave them a platform to view their work on the big screen in front of a live audience. In a time when so much video content is viewed on tiny screens by single viewers clicking through the never-ending scroll, Comedy Short Shorts brought people out of their homes and into the community, gathering them together in a venue where their laughter could be enjoyed in real-time by the talented filmmakers who created the work.

World Wide Shorts
Saturday, March 3 | Rio Theatre

The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival is proud to present the World Wide Shorts film competition! We have searched the globe for the funniest short films and are thrilled to showcase them to to the film-savvy community of Vancouver as they compete for a first prize of $1000 and a chance to have their film screened at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal!

Too Funny To Fail
Canadian Premiere
Saturday, March 3 | Vancity

It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew. So why did The Dana Carvey Show—with a writers room and cast including then unknowns Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more— crash and burn so spectacularly? TOO FUNNY TO FAIL tells the hilarious true story of a crew of genius misfits who set out to make comedy history… and succeeded in a way they never intended.

The Death of Stalin *OPENING NIGHT FILM*
B.C. Premiere
Tuesday, March 6 | Rio Theatre

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Thick of It, In the Loop).

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin is a Quad and Main Journey production, directed by Armando Iannucci, and produced by Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky, and Laurent Zeitoun. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

Canadian Premiere
Wednesday, March 7 | Annex

When his father (an important Spanish Minister) is arrested accused of political corruption, Bosco’s life as he knew it is completely shattered away. Evicted from his luxury house where he enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle and being left by his snobbish girlfriend, adapting to a down to earth existence doesn’t prove easy for him. Self-Taping his delirious fall and rise in a working-class neighbourhood, living in a shared flat that he can’t even pay but with the love of his new girlfriend (a blind social worker) and discovering that eating a Kebab can be a pleasure… Bosco has the chance of a lifetime to learn a lesson.

The Gentlemen Hecklers
Wednesday, March 7 | Rio Theatre

Come see folks who wrote jokes for Netflix’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” provide live, hilarious commentary for the 2008 Teen Vampire classic TWILIGHT! Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making ‘so-bad-they’re-good’ movies even better by talking you through them. Over the past five years, The Gentlemen Hecklers have built up a loyal cult following in Vancouver and recently brought their talents to a wider audience thanks to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “Cry Wilderness!” They are very excited to bring their show to JFL NorthWest for the third year in a row! This time with vampires!

Room For Rent
B.C. Premiere
Thursday, March 8 | Annex

In senior year Mitch Baldwin won the lottery. Three years later he was flat broke and a laughing stock. He’s been holed-up in his family home ever since. With his father retiring, talk of downsizing pushes Mitch to suggest renting their spare room to a mysterious stranger named Carl. When Carl upsets Mitch’s routine way of life, a battle of wits turns into all-out war involving deception, humiliation, spying, and revenge. The question is how far are these guys prepared to go? The answer, too far.

Comedian Backstage
Thursday, March 8 | Annex

Special FREE Screening of Urban-Legend Documentary.

Shelley Berman (1925-2017), according to Steve Martin, “changed modern stand-up comedy.” Three gold records, major bookings at clubs and on TV, selling out Carnegie Hall, the first comedian to win a Grammy Award — from his sit-down observational humour to his acting in movies and TV (most recently as Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm) — Shelley Berman was a true sensation.

In 1963, Berman agreed to take part in a vérité documentary that brought viewers behind-the-scenes and on-stage for 24 hours prior to the opening of a run at a Florida nightclub. But during a tender moment in the act, a telephone rang backstage, and suddenly, all the stress, anxiety, and pressure of being the biggest star in the world of stand-up exploded in a moment of volatilty that, sadly, took a major toll on Berman’s comedy career.

COMEDIAN BACKSTAGE might be the most famous documentary about stand-up that nobody has seen, and JFL is proud to present this rare and FREE public screening of a film that originally aired on NBC exactly 55 years ago (March 10, 1963).

Featuring a special introduction by historian and bestselling author, Kliph Nesteroff, and a Q&A with the audience after the screening.

It Starts with a Script:
A Comedy Screenwriters Panel
Friday, March 9 | Sutton Place Hotel

Presented by the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange in association with the CFC

It is said that film is a director’s medium, but before a director jumps on board, before the actors are cast, and before craft services grills miniature cheese sandwiches, it all begins with the written word. From romcoms to mock docs, from dramedies to farces, laughs come in many shapes, sizes, and intensities, but the common element is the writer, whose warped views and weird sensibilities become iconic movies and imitated quotes. Sit down with three screenwriters whose scripts catapulted their careers and propelled the production of some of the biggest hit comedies of recent years.

Panel Participants Include:

  • Etan Cohen (Holmes and Watson, Get Hard, Tropic Thunder)
  • Max Winkler (Flower, Ceremony, Magic Camp)
  • Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Barbershop: The Next Cut)
  • Moderator: Peter Carlone (Peter n’ Chris)

Canadian Premiere
Friday, March 9 | Annex

Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom’s new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixing dark comedy and teenage angst writer-director Max Winkler (CEREMONY) and co-writer Matt Spicer (INGRID GOES WEST) re-imagine an unproduced script by Alex McAulay, creating a star vehicle for blossoming talent Zoey Deutch (BEFORE I FALL, WHY HIM?) and elevating the teen movie to new heights.

Following the screening, hear from director Max Winkler in a Q&A discussion about the film, moderated by historian and bestselling author, Kliph Nesteroff!

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