The 14th edition of the Alpe d'Huez Comedy Film Festival will take place Jan. 18-23. This event highlights some of the best new comic creations and for many films, will be the first time to be shown in public.

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

With more than 13,000 spectators in 2010, the festival continues to grow year after year. Part of its popularity surely comes from the fact that this festival is open to everyone. There is no admission price, no tickets to pick up, no invitations to request. Viewers just show up for the films, but space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

While the official selection of full-length films has yet to be announced, festival organisers have already whet the public's appetite. The 2011 list of short competing films is already posted on the event's website and includes some whimsical plots in line with the times.

The 2011 festival also highlights the comic talents of France's Alpine neighbours with an Italian comedy film retrospective.

The Alpe d'Huez film comedy proudly proclaims its status as an independent 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.

Films are shown all day, mainly at the Palais des Sports et des Congrès de l'Alpe d'Huez.

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