BAFTA/LA will launch the inaugural BAFTA/LA British Comedy Festival from April 28 to May 1, honouring the best in British cinema and television.

The event will run as part of BritWeek, the series of UK-centric series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British Consul General in Los Angeles.

Winners will be commemorated at the BAFTA/LA British Comedy Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on May 1.

Under the guidance of board member Nigel Lythgoe a panel of UK-based comics devised a shortlist of five films for best British comedy film, comedy television and comedy performer.

Hot Fuzz will compete for the best British comedy film honour, alongside Magicians and Run, Fatboy, Run.

Extras, Gavin & Stacey, I.T. Crowd and Little Britain are in the running in the television category and Harry Hill, Mitchell & Webb and Simon Pegg have been shortlisted for best British comedy performer.

Finalists will be screened for the public from April 28 to 30 at the Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America theatres.