Comedians, Cartoonist, Sketch teams, & Filmmakers go head to head in a Battle Royale style comedy competition in multiple cities across the United States. Contestants are broken up into random categories, and the top 5 sketches from each city move onto the finals. The finals are held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tx where one sketch is crowned Champion of Battle of The Sketches 2020.

Preliminary Rounds: (Location & Time Subject to Change)
NYC: June 27th The PIT (Loft Stage at 9PM)
Houston, Tx: July TBA
Dallas, Tx: July TBA
San Antonio, Tx: July TBA
*Please indicate on your cover letter which city/ cities you would prefer to enter*
FINALS
Austin, Tx: Aug. 2nd TBA

The overall funniest sketch wins $1000. Another $500 in prizes will be given to contestants who win their category.

Rules:
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.
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There are no set categories. We want filmmakers to 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.

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  • ANITRA Esther

    No complaints.We will definitely submit again.Overall it was a gteat experience.Next time I wish that the judges of the festival will not be the audience.Because the audience can be a bit biased and only vote for their friends/family even if the quality of funny is sub par.But again,we do appreciate the experience.

    October 2019
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    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!

  • Youre Invited

    Battle of the sketches is an awesome festival competition. It’s awesome to be able to see your work put up in front of a variety of people and learn what’s working and what’s not working with your creations. We had 3 short sketches accepted this year into the preliminaries and, although we did not advance, the competition was done in a civil and fair manner. Always a fun time going, always exciting to see people’s sense of humor across the globe.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Great job this year, and congratulations on getting in to the SA Film Festival, and Austin Comedy Festival. Your work is getting better each year!

  • Tommy Dunn

    I enjoyed this event and will definitely be submitting and attending again next year

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Great job this year!

  • The organizers were great at communicating! I am very grateful to have been part of the festival and have endless appreciation for their efforts! Sketch comedy is my favorite... so I was truly honored to be a part of the festival! THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK YOU DO!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We appreciate you being a part of the festival. We always love your work!

  • Philippe Lawi

    Congratulations on your amazing festival!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!