The Laugh or Die Comedy Fest is dedicated to Independent Comedy Films and Entertainment! The festival is produced by Breaking Fate Entertainment ( as an annual event.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Sound
Best Short Screenplay

Information On The Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival Awards:

*Award Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented a certificate. Those not in attendance will be sent a digital certificate to print by email. Winners will also be posted in the news feed (front page) of / within 48 hours of the close of the festival.

** Our Selection / Awards Procedure: Festival Director / Producers make official selections for the festival by vote. Official Selections are then screened/graded by 5 different judges anonymously and given an overall grade on a 5 point scale for each of the qualifying award categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade. The top 4 films by grade in each category are then considered an award nominee and listed on this page. The film with the highest grade in each category is considered and announced that category’s award winner at the festival. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the festival director, festival producer and festival founder will each vote on the tied films giving the majority vote the award. In the event that one of the production staff are involved in one of the films involving a tie, a 3rd party will be selected to vote in place of the production staff member involved.

**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominees are the Film Festival Directors top 4 choice films of the festival. The Directors Choice Award is presented at the festival to the Directors favorite film of the festival. (Any film that the festival director is personally involved in at any level is not eligible for this award.)

***** The Comedy Screenplay Contest:
Top 10 - Semi Finalists (Considered "Official Selection")
Top 5 - Finalist (Considered "Award Nominee")
Top 1 - Winner of the Laugh or Die Screenplay Award

Award Winners will be announced LIVE at The Laugh or Die Comedy Fest!

Certification of Entrant I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree: 1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for Breaking Fate Entertainment / The Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


There is NO 'Film Made By' date. We have shown horror films from as early as the 30's. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current.

Films showing nudity are permissible, however sexual penetration will be disqualified.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • The venue was out of the way, the films displayed on a very small, portable screen, and obviously nothing went into advertizing as their were only two other people attending the two film blocks we sat through. One wonders where the submission fees were spent...

    May 2019
  • Jim Politano

    Willy does a great job with this festival. A really good selection of entertaining fun movies. I just love the Gatlinburg location near the Great Smoky Mountains. So much to see and do in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

    May 2019
  • David J Schroeder

    Thank you LAUGH OR DIE COMEDY FEST! I have enjoyed success in your festival with my feature script, THE BIG IDEA (2013) and my short animation script, RUBERT BECOMES (2019).

    May 2019
  • Richard Geiwitz

    Good group of people. Kept to their schedule pretty well.

    May 2019
  • Laura Dowling Shea

    We were so pleased to be chosen for this fun festival. The communication all along the way was great. We were excited to come in from Nee York to meet everyone, unfortunately at the last minute we were unable to attend. The quality of the selections looked amazing we were sad to miss it.

    May 2018