The 13th edition of the Alpe d'Huez comedy festival will take place Jan. 19-24 at the French Alpine resort.

This event highlights some of the best new comic creations and for many films, this will be the first time the public will have the chance to laugh at the actors' antics.

Several successful French films such as Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (the most successful French film to date) and Première Etoile made their début at the Alpe d'Huez film festival before going on to conquer French film goers.

With more than 12,000 spectators in 2009, the festival continues to grow year upon year. The 2010 edition welcomes actor Clovis Cornillac as jury president, with Marie-Anne Chazel, Aure Atika, Tchéky Karyo, James Huth, and Frederic Beigbeder helping with the difficult task of choosing the best of this year's funny films.

This year, six long films will be competing, with four non-competing films being shown. Nine short films are competing this year, including a Franco-British collaboration, Voyage d'Affaire, complemented by two non-competing short films.

The 2010 festival also highlights the comic talents of France's Alpine neighbours with three comedies from Italy.

The Alpe d'Huez film comedy proudly proclaims its status as an independant festival, with all the advantages and disadvantages that such a title brings. Whereas many film festivals look for the serious, deep, and intense qualities of dramatic films, this festival resolutely strives to reward the best in comic film.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Films are shown all day, mainly at the Palais des Congrès de l'Alpe d'Huez.

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