The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival kicks off April 15 at the Downtown Independent Theater. This year’s fest will be held in conjunction with the L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition, which will feature 74 short films competing for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.The weekend is packed with screenings, parties, panels and a red-carpet awards event on closing night, April 18. Tickets are available at lacomedy shorts.com.