February 14 to 23, 2019

Call For Submissions – Feature and Short Films
Open to Filmmakers Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018

From JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Comedy Festival, comes the 2nd annual Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival, and we’re calling all comedy filmmakers worldwide!

We are searching for the best comedic feature-length, shorts, and documentary films from around the world to showcase at this year’s festival in Vancouver. We love to put a smile on people's faces, and we want you to submit your film from any comedic genre – from romcoms to mock docs, from parodies to animation, from edgy comedies to farces and even dramedies are all welcome.

10-12 features and 20-25 shorts will be screened throughout our 10-day festival in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia – home to local and national filmmakers, to international productions, and known for its love of cinema of all shapes and sizes. With the amount of Hollywood film and TV work created here, it’s no wonder Vancouver has come to be known as “Hollywood North!”


Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit their feature-length comedy films to the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival. Please see below for Rules & Terms – submissions that do not adhere to these conditions become ineligible for consideration.


We offer short filmmakers an international platform to view their comedic work on the big screen in front of a live audience of comedy lovers through our TWO short film competitions:

Participants from across the globe can submit to WORLDWIDE SHORTS, where we pick the top comedy shorts from around the world to compete. (Participants from the Pacific Northwest are also eligible for this category.)

For the fifth time, COMEDY SHORT SHORTS shines a well-deserved spotlight on the talented filmmakers and comedians of the Pacific Northwest.

Winners will be chosen in each short film category (WORLDWIDE SHORTS and COMEDY SHORT SHORTS):

1st Place: The winner of each category receives $1,000 CAD, plus a prize package from our sponsors.

2nd Place: The runner-up in each category receives $500 CAD, plus a prize package from our sponsors.

3rd Place: The third place winner in each category receives $250 CAD, plus a prize package from our sponsors.

In addition, one (1) film will be selected as BEST SHORT FILM from our two 1st place winners (the winner of either COMEDY SHORT SHORTS or WORLDWIDE SHORTS); this winning filmmaker will receive two (2) Artist passes for the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in July 2019, the world’s biggest and most prestigious comedy festival, where their film will be screened as part of the Just For Laughs “Eat My Shorts” competition.

• All submissions must be done through FilmFreeway to be eligible.
• A non-refundable fee of $20 USD per submission (taxes included) will be charged.
• All types of comedic genres will be accepted.
• All languages will be accepted but subtitles must be in English.
• Films must have been completed in 2017 or 2018.
• Submissions must not have had a web, TV, streaming, or theatrical release in Canada before the festival’s closing date.
• Submissions that have played other festivals are allowed, but submissions cannot be publicly available online (private links on YouTube or Vimeo are acceptable).
• Short film submissions coming from the Pacific NorthWest region of North America (which includes the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the US states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) will be considered in both the COMEDY SHORT SHORTS and WORLDWIDE SHORTS competitions. This is at the discretion of the Festival programming team, and all decisions are considered final.
• Short film submissions coming from outside the Pacific NorthWest region of North America (as defined above) are eligible for the WORLDWIDE SHORTS format.
• Submissions must be no longer than 15 minutes in length to be eligible for the short-film categories.

• Depending on the venue, films are screened in the filmmakers’ preferred formats or are compiled onto a screening compilation in a format determined at the sole discretion of the Festival.
• 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 photo(s)/stills of your film for website, press kits, etc.
• The Vancouver Just For Laughs 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 Vancouver Just For Laughs 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
  • Joseph Clift

    Great festival! Very good communication. I'm definitely going to submit again in the future!

    March 2019
  • Fantastic festival. The organizers spoke to us and made us feel welcome, and the Artist Passes were wonderful. Workshops were well done and allowed for extra networking and connecting with filmmakers. Hope to go again! Thank you VanJFLFF!

    March 2019
  • Brad Gibson

    Amazing event! We had a blast being part of a great lineup of films and meeting some talented people. Organizers did a great job and the full festival pass allowed us to see great comedy for the whole week event. Hoping to submit more films to Just For Laughs Film Festival!

    March 2019
  • Fiyin McCrary

    The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival was amazing! The Rio Theatre was awesome and the people were so nice and organized! I'd love to submit another film one day!

    April 2018
  • Jon Ornoy

    It was a fun world premiere for my film, thanks for the opportunity to screen and thanks for the prize!

    April 2018