A Short Film

Official Selection / Over 130 Film Festivals 2006-2007

Winner / 17 Best Short Film Awards


World Premiere - HBO Comedy Festival, Aspen
"Best Short" - World Comedy Film Festival, Toronto
"Best Short" - Newfest, New York
"Best Short" - Outfest, Los Angeles
“Audience Award - DC Shorts Fest
Featured Selection - Palm Springs Shortfest
"Best Short" - Valley Film Festival, L.A.
"Best Short" - Nantucket Film Festival
Jury Nomination: “Best Comedy”
- L.A. ShortsFest
Audience Award - Chicago City Limits
ImageOut Award for Short Film / Presented by Kodak


Named one of “10 OUTSTANDING SHORTS” currently
“making their mark on the festival circuit”
-- IndieWire, July 2006

"Artfully played out... Bottrell creates a nifty farcical tinge to his mistaken-identity tale "Available Men," switching the players in two blind dates…"
-- Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 2006

"Laugh-out-loud clever.. A fast witty farce that hides it’s big themes beneath it’s hyper-verbal surface…Well made and well acted"
-- Philadelphia Weekly, Nov. 2006

“Highlights include the very funny, mistaken-identity comedy "Available Men,"…
[Fifteen minutes] of inspired farce demonstrating that…sex and business can easily sound similar.
--Seattle Times, June 1, 2006

If Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch had a love child who didn’t turn up as Mel Brooks, that kid most likely would have become David Dean Bottrell. Very clever and very, very funny!
-- Bottom Line Magazine, Aug. 2006

A Festival Pick!... Double entendres abound… A lot of laughs!
-- Cape Cod Times, June 11, 2006

“A slick and funny comedy of errors… Extremely Clever!...
Look for Bottrell’s next film… He delivers!”

“A nifty premise…Truly hilarious!”
-- The Bay Area Reporter, June 20, 2006

“David Dean Bottrell's clever and hilarious short, AVAILABLE MEN has won both gay (Outfest, Newfest) and straight (Nantucket) festivals in recent months!... Everybody likes it!”
--, Aug. 2006

After seeing such films as David Dean Bottrell's "Available Men,” any viewer would have to conclude that the future of American film comedy is in safe hands.

"Four lives intersect in a trendy L.A. bar with hilarious results"
-- This Week in

“Brilliant dialogue, well-acted… One of the best short films of the year."

“Available Men” is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit, garnering prizes and praises.
-- The Gay & Lesbian Times, April 2007