The Austin Comedy Film Festival is a seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall) on the Film Festival Circuit for comedy filmmakers, series creators and screenwriters from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Texas. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. The Austin Comedy Film Festival judges are searching for funny and engaging films to entertain a comedy loving audience. All types of comedy submissions are selected and screened including Funny Music Video, Series Episodes, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Mockumentary, TV Pilots, Commercials, Micro Films, Animated Comedy, Horror Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, and any other type of Comedy that you can think of. We want our audience to laugh non-stop  in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue. This event was formerly known as the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, but we are evolving and plan to start screening and selecting Comedy Feature Films in the future.

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Our list of award categories

Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Comedy Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
Best Comedy Micro Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Short Film Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best International Screenplay
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Romantic Comedy Feature Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Film
Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Teleplay
Best Texas Film
Best Texas Feature Screenplay
Best Texas Short Screenplay
Best Series Episode
Funniest Music Video
Most Original Concept

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film or documentary series is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

All film screening at the Austin Film Society Cinema require files to be delivered in DCP 2k or 4k format. If your film is not in DCP format, please reach out to our vendor for a quote. Film Festival submission fees and DCP conversion fees are separate. The cost of any potential conversions is not covered by our festival. Please budget accordingly.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $38 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker free passes. When the event organizers rent this space, all 260 seats and lobby access are pre-purchased by the event organizers. The ticket fees allow the event organizers to recoup a portion of the rental fee, insurance, a photographer, photo editing, award certificates and staff wages for this event.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Phoebe Mattana

    Awesome festival, with a lot of great online events for those who couldn't be there in person. Thanks for selecting THE NEST for this years program!

    April 2023
  • Pepper Filly Productions

    A great and supportive venue for filmmakers of all stages (pro to no). Loads of fun, and opportunities to meet other filmmakers.

    April 2023
  • Had an amazing time at Austin Comedy Film Festival! Great and receptive crowd for our short Farmer Ed. Mikel was once again an incredible master of ceremonies and the energy of the filmmakers was warm and friendly. Would come back in a heartbeat.

    April 2023
  • Christina Araujo

    Great festival. Thank you for selecting I'm The Man!

    April 2023
  • A most delightful experience from the reception to the awards to the screenings. The enthusiastic film makers were an impressive mixed of age, race and gender. Friendly, excited and knowledgeable about the craft. They made a point of asking everyone who came, winner or not, up to the stage to discuss their thought about their film. And, everyone stayed and enjoyed the screenings. Well worth the drive from Oklahoma!

    April 2023