A filmmaker who gets the Bill Murray comedic stamp of approval will get $500 – and a trophy shaped like shorts – at the Twin Cities Film Fest this weekend.
The beloved 67-year-old (in the little spare time he has away from serving as the St. Paul Saints' team psychologist) will be one of the judges reviewing three comedic short films submitted to the Twin Cities Film Fest.
Murray and his fellow Saints exec Mike Veeck will pick the winner based on the filmmaker "who best uses his or her passion to create an entertaining, creative and hilarious short comedy," according to a news release from Twin Cities Film Fest.
The winner will get a $500 grant, given to them Oct. 28 as part of the Twin Cities Film Fest's closing-night party. (Hey, that's when Rachel Leigh Cook will be there too!)
They'll also get a pair of "comedic shorts" – a trophy that's inspired by the camo shorts Murray wore in St. Vincent.
Now just to be clear, Murray won't actually be in Minnesota – he'll be judging the films remotely, a Film Fest spokesperson told GoMN.
But still, a comedy stamp of approval from Bill freaking Murray? Not a bad thing for the ol' resume.
The award, which is being given for the first time, has been dubbed the Fun Is Good Bill Murray Comedic Shorts Award.
Veeck is the co-founder of Fun is Good, a workplace consulting company that's all about making sure people enjoy work.
The short film finalists
The three comedic short finalists that Murray and Veeck will judge were previously vetted and selected by a Twin Cities Film Fest selection committee. They are:
Lady Lillian, directed by Amber Johnson.
Girl Meets Roach, directed by Christopher Zatta.
And Wet Dreams: One Woman’s Chance at Touching Gold, directed by Darren Coyle. (The trailer, for some reason, is private on Vimeo.)
Oct. 28 is the final day of Twin Cities Film Fest. You can see the schedule and how to purchase tickets to movies (or the closing-night party) here.