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Comedy & Short Film Festival

Bedford Borough Council’s Corn Exchange hosted their first ever Bedford Comedy and Short Film Festival, which ran over three days, from 28th – 30th October. The cultural event featured a broad line-up of comedians from the U.K’s comedy circuit.

 

The Festival launched the weekend with eight films which were the works of both local and international film makers.

 

The winner of the Judges Choice Trophy was Karoly Ujj Meszaros with his film ‘Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men’, starring Moni Balsai, Szabolc Bede- Fazekas and Andy Hefler. The film is about a distraught wife and her missing husband and how love can take you to some unusual places.

 

As the winner of this trophy currently resides in Hungary, the comedian, Dave Thompson, travelled there from Bedford to present Karoly with his prize, in person.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The Corn Exchange is renowned for hosting big names from the world of entertainment. This festival drew out talent from both the surrounding area and much farther afield. For many, Bedford is an inspiring place to visit; people come here to soak up its art and culture scene. Next year’s event may be even bigger yet.”

 

Matt Tindell, a local filmmaker, won the People Choice Award for his film ‘Obulon’ starring Josh Bennett, Tom McInnes and David Sykes. The film follows two friends who resurrect an ancient evil and have only 24 hours to appease this demon or suffer a fate worse than death.

 

The Bedford Comedy and Short Film Festival is set to return in September 2012. For announcements on comedians taking part, and how to enter next year’s Short Film competition, keep an eye on www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/special-events/ or telephone the Corn Exchange on 01234 344813.

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