Pascal Atuma, a Nigerian filmmaker, has won the Just for Laughs film competition with his short film ‘Sweet Revenge’.

The Ola George-produced film emerged first out of 654 films from the US and Canada that entered into the competition.

A total of 654 were submitted, after which a jury made up of Kevin Hart’s comedy outfit, Laugh Out Loud; Lionsgate, and Just For Laughs team picked the best 10.

The best 10 were then put to the public to pick the best five through voting on Laugh Out Loud’s Youtube channel.

After the top five emerged, the jury then decided the winner.

According to Thai Randolph, Kevin Hart’s business operations manager, “it was a very tight race that came to the wire and they all agreed that ‘Sweet Revenge’ is the winner for the Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud/Just For Laughs ‘Eat My Shorts’ 2018”.

Speaking on the creation of ‘Sweet Revenge’, Atuma said: “I wanted a multicultural story that will be funny based on situations and close to the immigrant experience. I wanted a universal story.

“My itch to make world-class movies that will be funny and at the same educative of different cultures and people inspired me.”

As the winner, ‘Sweet Revenge’ will receive exclusive distribution and the creators will get long-term deals with Hart’s Laugh Out Loud company and Lionsgate.

Atuma, writer and director of ‘Sweet Revenge’, told TheCable Lifestyle he and his team are heading for a meeting with Hart, the Lionsgate team, and the Just for Laughs team, to talk about the future.

Mike Gallant served as associate producer and editor of the short film executive produced by Warren Beatty.

‘Sweet Revenge’ stars Naima Sundiata, Nelson Morris, Lou Israel, Bebe Obi-Okoye, Wendy German and Razie Brown-Stone.

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