Canada's LONGEST RUNNING and MOST MAJESTIC COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL - The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival -- CICFF!


SEASON 11 - THE RESET - NOVEMBER 10, 2024 (Yes... we had to move the date)
After two seasons during a pandemic, which had a series of compromises including shifting from winter to fall, we are delighted to be moving back to our dead of winter time. This means that there will be a year and some before we return.

The festival will also be expanding its governance. Pointing towards the future of comedy with full sails as we grow past our traditional event. Is that cryptic? Yeah.

QUICK NOTE: Due to an unforeseen event we are postponing the festival till Spring. Thanks for your understanding! Stay tuned...

So on we go into 2024 because the world still needs to laugh...

Dedicated to the art of comedy on film, we aren't one of those pretentious films festivals that pre-selects the lineup, snubs low-budget, dismisses non-conventional or charges outrageous submission rates. Oh, and we actually watch YOUR submissions.

WE WATCH your film BUT films that display racist, homophobic, misogynistic, gratuitous nudity or abusive situations... we stop watching. Comedy can definitely tackle big issues and be edgy but when filmmakers send in ugly crap thinking it's funny, we toss it in the reject pile. That's it. Also... If your film is clearly not watching our judges flag and it will not get fully watched. Sorry but not sorry. Don't submit if it's not funny.

Our motto at CICFF is "Where the world comes to laugh!" because after the filmmaker yells "cut" and the Grand Marshall of the Festival yells "roll the films" we are all about celebrating the art of comedy.

So cheers, submit and show up ready to laugh for the Number 11 instalment of CICFF in November 2024!

Just "Make Us Laugh!"®™ßœ∑çΩ

Peoples Choice Award
Festival Grand Marshall's Award (Grand Marshall's Select)
Official Jury Select Award (Formerly Shärt Cup)
Shorty Award
Rom Com Award (Depending on the submissions of that year)
Best International Comedy Short Film Award
Best Canadian Comedy Short Film Award
Best Canadian Feature (Depending on the submissions of that year)
Best Feature (Depending on the submissions of that year)

*Filmmaker will receive trophy as well as have their film and names engraved on our CICFF / Shärt legacy trophies for each category.

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL TERMS & CONDITIONS By entering a film into CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL you and your entire team agree to the following conditions: (1) Selection All entries will be subjected to a selection process by a panel of industry professionals according to criteria left solely to the discretion of the Film Festival organizers. Only finalists will have their entries shown on the screening nights. The names of finalists will be placed on our website: about one month (or less) prior to the Winnipeg screening night. (2) Entrance & Due Date All entries must be submitted on or before DATE SPECIFIED on FilmFreeway. NO exceptions will be allowed (except as specified per category) for interstate or international entries so please post your films early. Late entries will NOT be accepted and once entries have been received and selected for screening, they are considered as final. No reedited versions will be accepted after the deadline. Entries may not be retracted after the deadline has passed. Moreover the accompanying entry fee is non-refundable. (3) Use of your entry CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL's aim is to screen your film for our Winnipeg audience, promote your film and to provide exposure to you as a filmmaker. Entrants to CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL consent that on occasion the organizers may need to edit or reproduce in appropriate formats or for other reasons, the entry for use. Furthermore CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL reserves the right to showcase the submissions during the festival at the festival in Winnipeg, Canada for its audience. The entrant(s) grant non-exclusive worldwide rights to their film and all materials contained within and indemnify CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL against any losses or damage incurred through usage of their film. (4) Copyright & Permission The entrant(s) agrees that all copyright in the sound recordings and footage belongs to them or has been used with permission and/or under license of the owner. Moreover all actors and persons appearing in the film have given consent to appear. (5) Agreement By entering a film, all entrants agree to these terms and conditions and this agreement is governed by the non- exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Manitoba, Canada. The singular includes the plural and vice versa. The words and expressions used in this agreement have the meanings given to them in the Copyright Act, 1985 Canada unless expressly stated to the contrary in this agreement. In the case of any inconsistency between the provisions of this entry form and any other language contained in CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL marketing material, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions prevail.

Overall Rating
  • Max Lollar

    This is an awesome festival, and definitely a favorite of mine -- I consider it a must-submit, hands down. Excellent communication, hilarious films, and just an all-around good time. The organizers are laidback, friendly, and totally on top of their game. Five stars!

    October 2022
  • Atomic Abe Productions

    The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival is made up of some thoughtful programmers and staff -- great communication and enthusiasm. Comedy festivals can be tricky but this one had good people involved. Very pleased to have had our film included. Will submit again.

    October 2022
  • adam collins

    Great Curation and Communication. I highly recommend it.

    October 2022
  • AvAMaC Productions

    A must attend festival, ether as a filmmaker or an audience member. The competition is fierce and always funny. 😃🎬

    October 2022
  • George Tramountanas

    We were honored to be selected and to have won an award for our film "Win a Trip to Browntown!" Despite the pandemic, they did a great job with their online award show. We're crossing our fingers we'll get a chance to visit Winnipeg in the future!

    March 2021