The Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival is a festival that celebrates the artist and will be held at ARTEL Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. ARTEL is a unique hotel. Our motto: The Destination for Creative Minds. The festival is brought to you by the producers of the acclaimed Strawberry One-Act Festival, which has been in existence since 1995. They just completed a run at The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Broadway at 95th Street in NYC. The Jocunda Festival was created to provide a platform for artists to obtain exposure and to network and make connections to collaborate on future projects.

Plays can also be submitted for the acclaimed Strawberry One-Act Festival for plays with running times between 15 - 30 minutes. Also for the Strawberry Theatre Festival for plays with a running time of 40 - 90 minutes. The Strawberry Festival will run during August through October 2020. For further info email or visit

We are also accepting submissions of plays for our Virtual Play Reading Series on Zoom. Our Play Reading Series is presented on Sundays at 7pm or 8pm EST New York Time followed by a TALK BACK with the playwright and artists. We started the Play Reading Series in April and we present it every Sunday. Some plays presented in the Series are invited to present their play in the Strawberry One-Act Festival.

Awards will be given out in March 2021 at the closing ceremonies for:
Best Short Film, Best Narrative, Best Animation Film, Best Music Video and The Audience Choice Award.

Awards will be given out for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Video Diary Short Film and the Audience Choice Award.

Films submitted to the festival must not have had a screening in New York City.

Plays submitted for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre festival must not have had a performance in NYC between November and February 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Simon Bowler

    The Jocunda Festival is an incredible locus of emerging and established talent, writers, directors, actors, and audience. Under Van Dirk Fisher's steady and wise guidance the festival has become one of the most fervent and fecund festivals in North America. The continued standard and range of plays and films, the quality of actors, and the sheer passion of all involved make The Jocunda Festival a true stand-out. In the face of Covid restrictions, Van, with his extraordinary commitment and passion was able to re-engineer the entire festival to an online event without losing momentum or quality. May Jocunda and Van become permanent fixtures of the American theater, film, and music scene.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Simon for the glowing review. The Riant Theatre and JOCUNDA FESTIVAL was blessed to present your play FORGER in the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL'S Virtual Play Reading Series. Your play was very well received. So well that you did some rewrites and we did a reading of that one as well. You are a very prolific writer and I can't wait to read more of your plays. I'm also hoping that we can present FORGER in the theatre when it's safe to gather in large numbers in the theatres. I'm wishing you all the best with all your endeavors. It's been a pleasure to work with an artist, playwright, screenwriter who is humble, down to earth and a joy to work with and all about the craft and doing great theatre. Much respect to you and hats off for the way you treated the cast and everyone. Looking forward to working with you again in the future.
    Van Dirk Fisher