World of Comedy Film Festival

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World of Comedy Film Festival

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The World of Comedy Film Festival was founded by Carla Nolan (1957-2017) in 2003. The Toronto based festival was unique in that there were only two other comedy film festivals in the world when it began. Nolan wanted to create the festival so as to offer “some much needed laughter in the middle of winter”. The World of Comedy Film Festival became the showcase for both Canadian and international filmmakers, especially shorts which often took center stage at the festival.


Toronto, Ontario

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Created September 5, 2019 by Elizabeth Carroll.




Anderson, Jason. “World of Comedy.” The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2007.

“Call for Entries (Funny People Only Need Apply).” Soo Today, October 17, 2006.

“In Loving Memory Of Carla Nolan Z”L.” Edmonton Jewish News, June 21, 2018.

Kirshner, Sheldon. “Comedy Film Festival Founder Filled a Niche.” The Canadian Jewish News, March 4, 2010.

Knight, Chris. "World of Comedy Festival Explores the Relationship of a Woman and Her Warm Brew." National Post, February 28, 2009.

Terauds, John. "World of Comedy Film Festival Returns for More Laughs." Toronto Star, February 4, 2005.

Wilner, Norman. “Short Supply.” NOW, February 24, 2009.

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