From the highly successful Highlands Film Fest comes a two day screening of comedy films made by independent filmmakers from around the world. Special consideration given to films made in New Jersey. We just want the attendees to have a good laugh as well as showcasing excellent films. Highlands Film Fest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Awards will be made in various categories. Filmmakers must be present to receive trophies. The organizers may create awards especially for films that are deemed worthy of special recognition.

Certification of Entrant

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold Highlands Comedy Film Fest harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold Highlands Comedy Film Fest, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for Reel Comedy Fest to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for Reel Comedy Fest to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


There is NO 'Film Made By' date. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Farragher

    What a lovely festival, run by genuine film lovers who like to laugh. It was a thrill to see our film projected on a giant drive-in movie theater screen! Hope to be part of this again for a future project.

    September 2023
  • A huge thanks to Rob and his crew for the opportunity to screen at HCFF. The communication was great and playing up on the big screen at a Drive-In was such a treat!

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks! We loved Ms. Rossi Takes the Cake!

  • This festival was a blast! Our film “Canned,” received the Bud Abbott award for Best Comedy Short. The drive-in experience was a lot of fun. A great slot of films to be part of. Great communication. Highly recommend this fest!

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for attending. It was an honor to screen your film!

  • Dave Musolf

    Great Film Festival under the Stars! Drive-in size movie screen! Rob Kneller and his team are fantastic. Opportunity to speak to all the Filmmaker prior to the start of the screenings. Honored to have "The Man from Granada" shown on a beautiful night.

    August 2023
    Response from festival:

    A beautiful night for a beautiful film!

  • Ryan Cervasio

    The Highlands Comedy Film Fest was fantastic! I had a great time and lots of fun! The communication with the festival was great and I loved that it was a drive in. I’ll definitely be submitting again!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have you there!