The 1st Annual Comedy Film Festival of America endeavors to provide a vibrant and professional showcase for comedy filmmakers throughout the world.

Comedy is certainly a challenging genre that deserves to be promoted, celebrated and rewarded. We are interested in both international and American short comedy films. The festival will also provide an award for the Best Local Short Comedy (Ohio).

The chosen films will be showcased in the newly refurbished Grandview Theatre in the heart of Columbus Ohio.

The festival will screen narrative comedy shorts. The panel of judges has been carefully selected from professional filmmakers and actors. It’s an opportunity focused on screening great comedy films and performances. There will be a nice bar area after the screenings where the filmmakers can mingle and discuss potential collaborations.

A gold and silver prize will be provided for each of the following categories:

Best International Short Comedy
Best American Short Comedy
Best Local Short Comedy (Ohio)
Best Comedy Actor in a Short
Best Comedy Actress in a short

Please read our rules and terms before you make a submission!
The COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL OF AMERICA, its committee and its em-ployees, are not liable nor will be held responsible if copyrighted materials or unauthorized materials are included in the film. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure proper permission from the copyright holder of stock footage, music or any other material, which could violate another entity’s copyright or exclusive use of material.

We accept submissions of comedy genres with running times of 20 minutes or less, but please make sure they are submitted in the correct category.
All foreign films must have English subtitles.
If your film is selected you must provide a high quality H264 file and a DVD.
Do not send original material
We do not give any free waivers.
We do not give any refunds.

If you wish to be eligible for multiple awards you have to submit to several categories.
All films made and produced during 2014 and later will be accepted.
During unexpected circumstances, we can at our discretion change venues and date of event. We are not responsible for any copyright infringement of your material and you give us the permission to publish your images, poster and trailer on our website and/or social media pages. The submission of all films represents an agreement to the policies set forth in the release form and the submission guidelines.

Terms and Conditions:
I hereby agree to permit my film to be screened at the Comedy Film Festival Of America. I am the sole owner of all legal rights and title and have the authority to submit the enclosed materials to the Comedy Film Festival Of America. I guarantee that all rights necessary for a film festival screening have been obtained.

I will indemnify and hold harmless the Comedy Film Festival Of America or its employees; Comedy Film Festival Of America, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities 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, publicity, screening, credits, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered. I understand that, unless otherwise specified, that Comedy Film Festival Of America provides no financial compensation for any exhibition of my work.

The Comedy Film Festival Of America reserves the right to use the submitted publicity information, photos, and excerpts in its marketing and publicity, including online formats, for the festival and any other uses related to the promotion of the festival. The Comedy Film Festival Of America also reserves the right to exhibit submissions in other Comedy Film Festival Of America sponsored venues. I understand, am authorized to accept, and agree to abide by all terms listed in this release and in the submission guidelines.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Leitch

    Awesome first year festival with a great selection of films in a great area. I had a lot of fun and look forward to attending next year.

    October 2017
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    I am proud of to be two awards winner in this amazing festival. Perfect communication and kindest team. Thanks a lot on behalf of all my film crew.

    October 2017