LOCO is now a BAFTA-qualifying film festival for shorts! So short films that screen at LOCO are now eligible to enter the Bafta Awards if they have screened at one other festival from Section B.

Anyway, back to us: the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival is the world's leading comedy film festival and the UK's only international film festival dedicated to comedy. LOCO exists to discover, develop and screen the world's most original comedy films and takes place every spring, primarily at BFI Southbank, London.

Featuring British independent and international premieres, comedy shorts, star-studded anniversary screenings, panels, consistently highly rated training sessions, workshops and networking events, there is something for all creators of comedy to come, watch, take part in and share. And hopefully we'll help you to find your next gang of collaborators.

In 2020, we are taking submissions for both features and short films.

The Discovery Awards
LOCO Discovery Award for Best Short
LOCO Discovery Award for Best Short Short (<3 mins)
LOCO Discovery Award for Best Script
LOCO Discovery Award for Best Performance
LOCO Discovery Award for Best Ensemble


1. All films must have been completed after 1st April 2018.

2. All films must have been created by filmmakers based in the UK or Ireland.

3. To be eligible for the quick short programme, films must have a maximum running time of 3 minutes.

4. To be eligible for the regular shorts programme, films must have a maximum running time of 25 mins.

5. All features must have a minimum running time of 70 mins.

6. Films must not have received UK theatrical distribution before 29th April 2020.

7. The primary contact for each submission must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music, images and other material within the film. By completing this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.

8. If the original language of the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English.

9. All films submitted to the festival must be available for screening at the 2020 LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, dates tbc.

Selection Process

10. All submitting filmmakers must complete their submission and provide the correct payment through FilmFreeway otherwise the submission will not be considered.

11. The final selection of all films and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of LOCO programmers and their decision is final.

12. Due to the large number of submissions we are unable to offer feedback on individual films or unsuccessful entries, really sorry.

Selected Films

13. All filmmakers will be notified as to whether their film has been selected, by 27th February 2020.

14. If selected for screening as part of the festival the filmmaker will need to provide a screening copy of their film by a deadline given at the time of notification. Screening formats tbc.

Delivery of Selected Films

15. Where there is a cost for print transport, the cost of dispatching the screening copy to LOCO will be paid by the sender. The cost of returning the screening copy from the festival will be paid by LOCO.

16. It is the responsibility of the owner of the screening copy to ensure adequate insurance coverage for both inward and outward shipment as well as the time it is in LOCO’s possession. Neither LOCO nor the BFI are not responsible for any loss or damage to the screening copy whilst it is in our possession.


17. By completing the submission the applicant allows the reproduction of stills and film clips (under 1min) for LOCO publications, promotions, press and TV screening.

18. Additional promotional materials such as press packs are not necessary at this stage and should not be included.

Terms and Conditions

19. By completing the submission you agree to LOCO contacting you regarding the status of the submission and with additional relevant information to the submission process. If your film is accepted to the festival LOCO will request any materials and information required and keep you informed so that we can produce a successful screening.

20. By completing the submission you agree to the terms and conditions in this document. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

21. These terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Behnam Taheri

    fest was top notch, baby

    July 2019
  • David Ruby

    Absolutely LOVED this festival. So so fantastic. Everyone was so kind and welcoming and generous and the panels and masterclasses were so instructive and useful.

    Could NOT recommend it enough for any comedy filmmaker.

    July 2019
  • Louise & Sherill Munro & Turner

    Absolutely brilliant festival! The quality of the films screened is excellent, so to have our film, Mumatar, among the lineup was a lovely treat! We attended the Breaking into Comedy workshop in 2015 and to be back at LOCO, screening our film at the BFI is an indie filmmaker's dream and real highlight of our journey. The educational content is spot on – I got so much out of the Director's Day this year that I can apply to my work going forwards. What helps makes LOCO so special is the inclusive atmosphere. For such a high profile event, there is a real sense that you are encouraged to chat with all of the filmmakers, panelists, event organizers and that everyone is an industry peer. Basically, LOCO is ace!

    July 2019