The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Austin, Texas. We screen short comedy films in a "back to back" format on Blu-Ray DVD at the Alamo Drafthouse - Lakeline in Austin. The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival judges are searching for funny and engaging films to entertain a comedy loving audience.

Our panel of 12 judges will recognize filmmakers and screenwriters with 26 different awards.

Best Actor Award
Best Actress Award
Best Animated Comedy Film Award
Best Cinematography Award
Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay Award
Best Comedy Film Award
Best Comedy Micro Short Film Award
Best Comedy Micro Short Web Series Episode
Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award
Best Comedy Web Series Episode
Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay Award
Best Dark Comedy Film Award
Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay Award
Best Director Award
Best Ensemble Cast Award
Best Film Editing Award
Best International Director Award
Best International Film Award
Best Mockumentary Film Award
Best Music Video Award
Best Original Music Award
Best Romantic Comedy Film Award
Best Supporting Actor Award
Best Supporting Actress Award
Best Texas Comedy Micro Short Film Award
Best Texas Comedy Short Film Award

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Austin Comedy Short Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Nicholas Livanos

    Bottom line: Great films, great people, and Austin is full of great food.
    I worry when I head out to a smaller festival. Especially when there are shorts blocks in excess of three hours! What if these movies are no good? This could be painful. Is this the kind of thing that I made? A movie that fits in with a bunch of others that are no good?
    WELL. Mikel & his team easily put all my worries to rest. The films were a blast to watch. I connected with a bunch of people whose work I admired. I ate delicious brunches & tasty tacos. What more could anyone want? Answer: To do it again next year.

    September 2018
  • Excellent festival; one of the best, if not the best comedy lineup we've ever screened with. Loved the format of watching some films at a great venue (Alamo Draft House), getting some drinks and meeting the other filmmakers at the same venue, then seeing some more films.

    September 2018
  • Rory Farmer

    I made the trip over to Austin from the UK to see my film 'Blue Milk' win the 'Best Mockumentary' Award at the festival. I had the time of my life, everyone was so friendly and welcoming and I've made a wealth of new contacts to keep in touch with! The standard of the show and the organisation of the event was spot on, the venue was incredible and Mikel went above and beyond to make sure we felt welcome. Thanks for having us, and I hope we're able to come and visit you guys again in the near future!

    September 2018
  • Kristy Leigh Lussier

    Mikel & team are amazing... the work and care they put into all their festival events is phenomenal. :) We were super excited to see our screenplay "The Wreckers" as an official selection! Thanks to all for the hard work and recognition! Hoping to make it out to this one next year!

    June 2018
  • GH Ridpath

    Due to flight cancellation we couldn't make the festival, but from everything we heard it was an amazing time. Mikel is top notch at communication, and even took the time to mail us our winners certificate. Would highly recommend.

    May 2018