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450 submissions, 20 features, 28 shorts to be screened

Janeane Garofalo, Lorraine Bracco, Jason Priestley and Larry Miller are among the crop of filmmakers and talent set to unspool their films next month at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

The fest, to be held Feb. 9-13 in Aspen, Colo., marks the second annual showcase for indie comedic features, documentaries and shorts. Other competing filmmakers include Adam Rifkin, Steve Oedekerk (“Thumbtanic”), Bill Forsyth (“Gregory’s Two Girls”) and Adrienne Shelly (“I’ll Take You There”).

From a total of 450 submissions, 20 features and 28 shorts have been selected to screen in the competish. One particular short of note is thesp Bracco’s directorial submission, “Auto Motives.” Other shorts unspooling will be “In God We Trust,” from director Jason Reitman; Joe Nussbaum’s “George Lucas in Love”; and “Lil Pimp,” the first pic designed exclusively for Internet viewing to screen at the fest.

Ten comedies will debut in the American Discovery lineup, including “Pros and Cons,” penned by and starring Miller; “The Independent,” co-starring Garofalo and Jerry Stiller; and “Advice From a Caterpillar,” based on the play, starring Cynthia Nixon, Andy Dick and Timothy Olyphant.

Inaugurating this year’s event will be the Feb. 9 world preem of Aileen Ritchie’s “The Closer You Get,” which, along with all entries, will screen at Aspen’s new state-of-the-art venue the Isis.

Also making an appearance in Aspen this year to lend support will be Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, Robin Williams, Elaine May and Jerry Lewis.

For a complete list of entries and more information, visit http://www.uscaf.com.

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