We are looking for the 100 funniest sketches in the world to go head to head in five different cities (Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, & McAllen). Comedians, Cartoonist, Sketch teams, & Filmmakers will compete in a Battle Royale style comedy competition. Contestants are broken up into random categories, and a live audience & select judges decide who's funny and who's not. The top 5 sketches from each city will move onto the finals at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tx July 28th for a chance to be crowned Champion of Battle of The Sketches. Over $1,000 in cash & prizes will be awarded.
Preliminary Rounds: (Location & Time Subject to Change)
McAllen, Tx: July 11th Cine El Rey Theater (Thursday @ 8PM)
Houston, Tx: July 20th The Secret Group (Saturday @ 8PM)
Dallas, Tx: July 21st Addison Improv (Sunday @ 7:30PM)
Austin, Tx: July 26th Fallout Theater (Friday @ Midnight)
San Antonio, Tx: July 27th Jokesters 22 Comedy Club (Saturday @ 9PM)
*Please indicate on your cover letter which city/ cities you would prefer to enter*
Austin, Tx: July 28th Alamo Drafthouse Mueller (Sunday @ 7PM)
The overall funniest sketch as voted by the audience & judges wins $500. Another $500 in prizes will be given to contestants who win their category.
1.) Must be a comedy sketch, film, or cartoon less than 10 minutes.
2.) Only one sketch per submission.
3.) Must be at least 720p or better.
We don't do set categories because we want filmmakers to think outside of the box and create whatever they think is funniest. Sketches must be less than 10 minutes (preferably 2 to 5 minutes). Battle of The Sketches, FMCW Studios, & Speer Media Productions is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any sketch submitted and accepted for exhibition at the comedy competition 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 Battle of The Sketches, FMCW Studios, & Speer Media Productions 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. You are not guaranteed to be placed in the exact preliminary round that you want if selected.
Response from festival:
Thank you Anitra. We would love to have you back for the 2020 battles. We try to make it as fair as possible with part judges vote, and part audience vote. We want to be transparent with all of the voting so we are working on the specific criteria to be judged on for next year. Thank you for the great review!