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IN REALITY directed by Ann Lupo
IN REALITY directed by Ann Lupo

Following a special 20th anniversary screening of the classic rom com 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUT, the inaugural Rom Com Fest announced the winners, with top jury honors going to Ann Lupo for IN REALITY (Jury Prize for Best Feature Film) and Erin Brown Thomas for REKINDLED (Jury Prize for Best Short Film).

The Frolic Audience Award winners (presented by Frolic, The fastest growing entertainment media brand for the modern Romance fan) included Joseph Cross’s SUMMER NIGHT for Best Feature, and Alexandra Kyle’s ANXIETY’S WILMA for Best Short Film.

Rom Com Fest is an experiential festival that took place June 20-23 in Downtown LA. The festival brought together those who love and/or create romantic comedy films through memorable events and screenings – pairing rosé and desserts with films, encouraging that its audiences show up dressed in themed attire, and hosting special filmmakers and guests to talk about and celebrate the art of rom com films.

The festival was organized and curated by Founder and Executive Director, Miraya Berke; and highlights included a special curated screening and fireside chat with actress Rachel Bloom (CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) on her favorite classic rom com film NEVER BEEN KISSED, as well as anniversary screenings for BRIDE WARS featuring a conversation with the film’s writers who are also acclaimed actresses known for memorable roles in romantic comedies and TV shows – June Diane Raphael (LONG SHOT, Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) and Casey Wilson (Showtime’s “Black Monday”, “Happy Endings”),10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, featuring a special Q&A with writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah (writers of LEGALLY BLONDE, SHE’S THE MAN), and the west coast premiere of SUMMER NIGHT, which included a conversation with director Joseph Cross and cast Victoria Justice, Analeigh Tipton, Ian Nelson and Hayden Szeto.

The full winners and awards are as follows:


Best Feature Film
IN REALITY – Director Ann Lupo


Best Short Film
REKINDLED – Director Erin Brown Thomas


SUMMER NIGHT directed by Joseph Cross
SUMMER NIGHT directed by Joseph Cross

Audience Award for Best Feature
SUMMER NIGHT – Director Joseph Cross

Audience Award for Best Short
ANXIETY’S WILMA – Director Alexandra Kyle

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