Welcome to Lit Laughs International Comedy Film Festival, an IMDB qualifying annual Event with a Prestigious awards ceremony held in the very heart of Yorkshire in Harrogate every July.

As well as guest judges we will also have live stand up, music, live screenings and of course the awards themselves. There is also a bar available all evening and there will also been plenty of opportunity for networking.

Lit Laughs, a company formed early 2018 by Velton J Lishke a Comedian and film producer with an aim to promote and celebrate the world of comedy by rewarding talented and funny work regardless of budget and location.

In 2022 Michael Bray a successful Horror author joined the team to help take the festival to the next level.

Dates for the 2023 Live event will be Saturday August 5th and will be held at The Manhattan Club, Beech Avenue, Harrogate HG2 8DY UNITED KINGDOM from 19.00 – late.

All official entries and Semi Finalists and Finalists will receive a Laurel.
3rd place and Runner up will receive a Laurel and certificate.
Winners will receive a trophy , certificate and laurel
We will select certain films that did not make the top 3 as Honourable Mentions for which they will also receive a certificate as well.

All winners, runner up , 3rd place and mentions will qualify to be listed on IMDB

Trophies will be awarded to all winners of each category on the night, if you can not attend we will mail to you anywhere in the world for a small postage fee.

We will also award Best British Comedy and Best International comedy , all entries will be automatically entered in to this at no extra cost .

We will promote all finalists on our Facebook page at their request (42k followers)

We are very proud to announce we have a screenplay sponsor to add to the prizes . please see below what we are offering to everyone entering their screenplays
Thank you to our sponsor Screen Readers at www.MyScreenReaders.com

-Winner receives a free regular package from us
-Runner up and third place receive a 65% discount code on any of our services.
-Every finalist receives a 50% discount code to use on any of our services.
-Every semi-finalist receives a 35% discount code to use on any of our services.
-Every participant that doesn't reach the semi-finals receives a 25% discount code to use on any of our services.

NB: We have another new sponsor offering prize packages for the winners and runner ups of each categories big thank you to
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We are offering a free 12 month subscription to all WINNERS
Also a 3 month subscription to all RUNNER & 3rd PLACE

Work can be submitted from any year as funny does not have an expiry date

For screenplays - Features must be over 50 pages
- shorts must be over 10 pages up to 50
- micro shorts must be over 1 page up to 10
- Web screenplays any length

For Films - Features must be over 50 mins
- Shorts 10 - 50 mins
- Micro shorts 3-10 mins
- Super Shorts 0-3 mins
- Comedy Horror Shorts 0 - 50 mins
- Rom Com Shorts 0 - 50 mins



Overall Rating
  • Louis Reifenauer

    Thanks for having screened my shortfilm, i hope people in Harrogate did enjoyed it !!!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Louis

  • Overall good experience. Good commuinications. Thanks, and congrats to the winners!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Marc

  • Mike and Velton deserve the highest of marks. I'm incredibly grateful my short "Quakeproofing" was selected, eventually becoming a Finalist. They demonstrated their consideration with their prompt communication and thoughtful feedback, which I shared with my crew. One reply was how it was "so encouraging that we’re all in the right field." I'm sure countless others have felt equally seen, which goes a long way towards inspiring the sort of confidence needed to create original pieces of entertainment.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you again David

  • Alexandre de Villeneuve

    Nice festival to have fun and enjoy happiness ;)

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    very much appreciated

  • Ross Cawton

    I highly recommend this festival! Velton and Mike have been nothing but professional! This was my first time submitting a project to a comedy festival and the experience has been absolutely amazing! If you’re passionate about comedy and you want an opportunity to get your work out there and to network with other like-minded people then submit to this festival! Thank you so, so much Velton, Mike and the rest of the Lit Laughs team for everything that you have done and for awarding our project! I cannot wait to submit future work to this festival! Thank you again! :)

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ross