Calling all comedy filmmakers worldwide!

From Just For Laughs ComedyPRO comes the prestigious short film program, Eat My Shorts! We are searching for the funniest short films from around the world to showcase in Eat My Shorts, during this year’s 41st Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal (July 26-29, 2023). We’re looking at you to make us laugh! Submit your short film from any comedic genre – from mockumentaries to rom-comedies, parodies to animation, and everything in between! All are welcome.

The top films will be screened live during our July Montreal Festival.

These top films will be voted on by a jury of filmmaking, comedy and programming experts, selected by Just For Laughs.

The top films will be awarded prizes.
The winning filmmaker(s) will be announced at the screening.
1st Place $1,000 CAD
2nd Place $500 CAD
Audience Award $250 CAD

• Open to filmmakers worldwide (All languages will be accepted but subtitles must be in English).
• All submissions must be done through FilmFreeway to be eligible.
• Films must have been completed in 2021, 2022 or 2023.
• World, North American and/or Canadian premieres are encouraged but not required
• Submissions must be no longer than 15 minutes in length.
• Submissions must not have had a web, TV, streaming, or theatrical release (excluding festivals) in Canada before the festival’s closing date.
• Films that have played other festivals are allowed, but submissions cannot be publicly available in Canada (private links on YouTube or Vimeo are acceptable).
• Final Submission deadline is May 19, 2023.

• Selected shorts are compiled onto a screening compilation in a format determined at the sole discretion of the Festival. You will be notified of the format required.
• You will need to fill out, sign and return a screening agreement (supplied by festival)
• We will request additional marketing materials (if applicable), such as artwork, photo(s)/stills of your film and filmmaker for our website, press kits, etc.
• Each project will receive up to 2 passes to attend the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Dana Fradkin

    I had such a great time at this festival! I made permanent connections through my industry pass and Tony, who runs the film festival portion, made us all feel so welcome. We all had a great time together!

    December 2022
  • Kevin Eade

    We were so honored to have our film "I'm Not A Robot" selected for Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts! JFL is absolutely legendary in comedy and attending the festival in-person is an amazing time. Acceptance into Eat My Shorts gives you an industry pass where you're able to attend so many great events and shows. We met so many incredibly talented creators, comedians, and filmmakers in Montreal, and we highly recommend applying for Eat My Shorts. Also, Tony Wosk, the film programmer, did a fantastic organizing the program, connecting the filmmakers together, and just being an overall awesome person. We can't wait to go back next year!!

    August 2022
  • Joey Clift

    Spectacular festival! They really take care of the filmmakers. Can't recommend JFL enough!

    August 2022
  • Rylee Jean Ebsen

    JFL was SO FUN! Montreal is a fantastic city and the JFL festival was a blast. I had a great time watching great films, meeting talented filmmakers & comedians, and watching superb comedy. Can't wait to go back! Thanks to Bruce, Tony, and the entire JFL, Eat My Shorts, and ComedyPro teams! xx

    August 2022
  • Nika Belianina

    I was quite surprised to learn that they selected only 11 short films, so it was quite an honour to be among them with my short film "The Robbery"! The calibre of industry people attending, even though it was an online edition, was really impressive. Got to pitch new work to some big important people. Overall everybody was so jazzed to be there, that it made the whole festival experience extra special. They say in person it's even better!

    August 2021