The Houston Comedy Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit for international independent comedy films that also recognizes excellent comedy screenplays. The first event was held in 2009 and has been ranked in the FilmFreeway Top 100. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015 while based in Houston, Texas. This is a live screening event that is not virtual. Due to COVID restrictions in 2020, we held our event outdoors at a Drive-In Theatre. In Spring 2021 we resumed our screenings indoors at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lakeline in Katy, TX. About 20 miles away from downtown Houston. The HCFF screens a program of short comedy films in a "back to back" format. All types of comedy submissions are selected and screened including Funny Music Video, Web Series Episodes, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Mockumentary, TV Pilots, Commercials, Micro Films, Animated Comedy, Horror Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, and any other type of Comedy that you can think of. The judges are looking for films that generate laughter in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue.

Our panel of 12 judges will give out 30 different award winners:

01) Best Actor Award Nominations
02) Best Actress Award Nominations
03) Best Animated Comedy Film Award Nominations
04) Best Cinematography Award Nominations
05) Best Comedy Feature Film Screenplay Award Nominations
06) Best Comedy Micro Short Film Award Nominations
07) Best Comedy Film Award Nominations
08) Best Comedy Short Film Screenplay Award Nominations
09) Best Dark Comedy Feature Screenplay Award Nominations
10) Best Dark Comedy Film Award Nominations
11) Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay Award Nominations
12) Best Director Award Nominations
13) Best Editing Award Nominations
14) Best Ensemble Cast Award Nominations
15) Best International Director Award Nominations
16) Best International Film Award Nominations
17) Best International Feature Screenplay Award Nominations
18) Best International Short Screenplay Award Nominations
19) Best Mockumentary Film Award Nominations
20) Best Romantic Comedy Feature Screenplay Award Nominations
21) Best Romantic Comedy Film Award Nominations
22) Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay Award Nominations
23) Best Short Sitcom Screenplay Award Nominations
24) Best Sitcom Screenplay Award Nominations
25) Best Texas Comedy Film Award Nominations
26) Best Texas Feature Screenplay Award Nominations
27) Best Texas Short Screenplay Award Nominations
28) Best Web Series Episode Award Nominations
29) Funniest Music Video Award Nominations
30) Most Original Concept Award Nominations

All films and screenplays are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film, web series or music video is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted and will be converted to 23.976 for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

All attendees must purchase tickets to attend the event. They are $20 per person. Whether you are a selected filmmaker, screenwriter, family or friend. Why? Because when we used to give away free tickets, we had so many vacated seats and cancellations that we would post "sell outs" online and end up with a 20 or 30 empty seats in the theater. This prevented locals from purchasing last minute tickets and attending. Now that we are charging for every attendee, our attendance numbers are more accurate for the venue staff, printing award certificates, printing networking badges and simply for having a better idea about who is showing up and who isn't. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please consider it before submitting to the Houston Comedy Film Festival.

Houston Comedy Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival 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 Houston Comedy Film Festival 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jason White

    Although I wasn't able to make it this year, I am grateful for the welcome I received regarding my film and the constant communication (via emails and Zoom meetings) perpetuated by the Festival Director Mikel. I hope my next film gets in so I can show up in person!

    June 2021
  • Houston Comedy is a pretty unique film festival. There are some festivals that have Comedy categories, but not many that specialize only in comedy.

    With the pandemic having been in effect, Mikel Fair and his team did a wonderful job in giving filmmakers options to postpone or shuffle dates, and because of this allowed me to be able to see my film Metro6 in theatre for one of the first times after a 13 month delay from our original premiere.

    In a year+ where we can all benefit from a good smile, thank goodness this exists!

    June 2021
  • Aaron Roan Kramer

    I enjoyed this festival. 5 stars for all categories!

    June 2021
  • Well run festival with great professional communication. Was a honor to participate. Will definitely enter future projects. Thanks Houston CFF!

    May 2021
  • Joe Leone

    I'd like to thank Mikel and the entire Houston Comedy Film Festival Team for the recognition of Retirement Road Trip. It is much appreciated!

    I highly recommend all of the Film Festival Circuit Competitions for Screenwriters and Filmmakers alike

    May 2021