Spoofdance: Filmmakers revving up their comedy engines

In its second year, the Spoofdance film festival is seeking parody TV commercials and TV show parodies to include in its lineup. The event, which takes place online, gives away film gear and training ($2500 total value) to its funniest participants. Submission is free, and the deadline to send in videos is August 31.

Last year’s grand prize winner, Jordan Sovis, is planning to submit again. “I have been brainstorming. Gears have been turning!”

Sovis, a videographer in Owosso, Michigan, is a creative force in his small-town community. His parodies for Home Depot’s Search for a Star, including the award winning “The Magical World of Depot” have gone viral online. Sovis’ recent release, “We’re From Owosso,” involves locals in a full blown musical number, reviving a 1950s song from the town’s historic past.

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Last year, Sovis won Spoofdance’s top prize, a Glidecam HD-2000 camera stabilizer. “I film weddings full time, and the Glidecam has definitely helped be out in getting those ‘buttery’ shots! I love it!!”

Spoofdance entries will be judged by a panel of comedy experts, including the founder of the HBO New Writer’s Program, Steve Kaplan. Kaplan regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others. All winners will be featured in the online awards show, and select entries may end up in the feature film comedy “Not From Space.”

See website for Official Rules and specifications.