Welcome to our annual standup & comedy film festival!

Laugh After Dark is an award-winning comedy brand that includes tv production that spotlights the hottest rising stars in standup, as well as live event production on tour, podcasts, our annual festival, and more!

The Laugh After Dark ComedyFest is equal parts comedy film festival and standup comedy festival, and every day features screenings, standup showcases, industry panels, networking opportunities, and a variety of world-class live entertainment.

You can submit your film entry here on FilmFreeway and your standup submission directly on our festival website:

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Connect and network with top comedy and film industry producers, writers, directors, managers, agents, bookers, club owners, content distributors, and more. Our festival judges, panel speakers, and visiting industry have collectively worked on projects with Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Fuse, Lionsgate, and much more!

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Laugh After Dark Specials
We're doing it live! Select standup submissions will be chosen to film their 30 minute special live at the festival for distribution.

Speed Networking with Industry Reps
Mornings are better with coffee and the opportunity to connect with our top industry contacts including bookers, buyers, distributors, writers, producers, and more!

Newsworthy: PR, promotion, and marketing your comedy brand.
Listen in as PR experts from comedy, film, and beyond discuss strategies for positioning your brand and how to pitch yourself to get featured in major industry publications.

So You Have A Story: how to pitch + sell your idea.
Learn from our top industry contacts as they discuss real-world strategies for packaging, pitching, selling, and distributing your million-dollar idea.

Official ComedyFest Mics
We have opportunities for everyone to win at ComedyFest (even if your project isn't selected this year!). Throughout the festival, we will have official Mics happening for extra stage time, networking, etc.

All award-winners will receive an official Laugh After Dark Comedy Fest Medal and Laurels!

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You can submit your film entry here on FilmFreeway and your standup submission directly on our festival website:

Best Performance by category (Alt, Club, Clean, Musical, Dark).

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Awards will be given based on the highest cumulative average score by industry judges

Best Comedy Short
Best Comedy Web Series/Episodic
Best Comedy Music Video
Best Sketch Comedy
Best Comedy Micro Short
Best Standup Comedy Special
Best After Dark Comedy
Best Comedy Horror
Best of Fest (awards given by industry judges at their discretion)

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- By submitting to Laugh After Dark ComedyFest I understand that if selected to participate in the festival, I will be requested to attend ComedyFest October 7-9, 2024. You further acknowledge that no travel, payment, or accommodations will be provided.
- Submit your film entry here on FilmFreeway and your standup submission directly on our festival website:
- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
- Films must have been produced after January 2022
- The Festival relationship will exclusively be with the film submitter.
- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
- All fees are non-refundable.
- A copy of the film will be required for screening at the festival.
- Not all submissions will be selected for the festival. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about entries not selected for the festival.
- You can submit in multiple categories including standup and film in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed. A fee is required for each category submission.
- By submitting you accept Laugh After Dark ComedyFest Rules and Terms herein including the image release below.
- Submitting to the festival authorizes Laugh After Dark ComedyFest to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis, and movie stills on our social media. You also agree to provide such items to the festival.

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By submitting to the Laugh After Dark ComedyFest and/or attending the festival, I irrevocably authorize and grant Laugh After Dark Entertainment, LLC and Laugh After Dark ComedyFest LLC (“hereinafter the Producers” which includes its successors and assigns) the right to:
- Record me (picture and/or voice) on photographs, film, and/or videotape, for audio-only, audio and visual, and/or visual-only reproduction (“the Recording”).
- Edit the Recording into a film/television program (which may include other recordings and material).
- Use my name and likeness, voice, biographic or other information concerning me to promote the festival and any content produced from the festival.
- Screen and broadcast the Recording on any broadcast, cable, and digital streaming outlet.
- Use and license others to use the Recording in all media throughout the world for the full period of copyright, including for the purposes of publicity, advertising, sales, and promotion of the footage.
- Other material: I also grant the Producer a non-exclusive license to use the following material in the film as needed: (personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, footage, musical works, etc.).
- I hereby release the Producer from any infringement or violation of personal and/or property rights of any sort whatsoever based upon the use of the Recording.
- I acknowledge that the Producer owns and shall own all rights, title, and interest (including copyright) of the Recording.
- I further acknowledge that the Producer is not obliged to use the Recording.
- I warrant that I have full power to enter into this Release and that the terms of this Release do not in any way conflict with any existing commitment on my part. Reference to “the Recording” in this Release includes any and all edited versions made by the Producer and also includes any previously recorded material of me made by the Producer.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Otchere

    Wonderful festival! Such a great time connecting with other comedians and filmmakers.

    November 2023
  • What a great festival. We were honored Driverless was selected. Great team.

    October 2023
  • Lucien Formichella

    I had a great time at Laugh After Dark. You could tell Robert and Kelsey went the extra mile for the participants. Everything they talked about doing on their website, they did.

    October 2023
  • Jeff Walsh

    I had a blast at the Laugh After Dark Comedy Fest. It was very well run, featured great comics & films and would highly recommend it!

    October 2022
  • Sassy Mohen

    Laugh after dark was amazing!! I had a fantastic time, the lineup from comedians to films and everything in between was eclectic, stellar and hilarious. The festival director(s) were great an communicative, it was such a positive experience, I highly recommend for anyone involved in comedy.

    October 2022