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Trailers for 2023 here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLelLk-tabSnzLbj2_ptRHwj4kgnHfyBaP

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We have had our hand in producing comedy for over 15 years and this is not our first rodeo. In 2010 we began the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. After 9 years successfully running in Chicago we are expanding based on feedback that filmmakers want a strong comedy film festival in Los Angeles. As filmmakers and producers ourselves, we have produced short and feature films. We know how sacred it is to produce your own content and then ask a committee of people to review your work. We will be an inclusive, welcoming festival, and we promise to make your experience with us memorable. The Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival is a film festival for the comedy filmmaker. Let’s have a laugh!

Join our alumni like Colin Mochrie, Lauren Lapkus, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ego Nwodim, Mindy Sterling, Margret Cho, Steve Martin, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, Natalia Dyer, Michael Cera, Keegan-Micheal Key, Christopher Titus, Janeane Garofalo, Fred Armisen, Richard Belzer, Jackie Mason, Bill Maher, Luke Perry, Gary Cole, Rowan Blanchard, Jack Quaid, Cheri Oteri, Kristen Johnson, Micheal Boatman, Nancy Travis, David Koechner, James Masters, Kaitlin Doubleday, Alexis Knapp, Rex Lee, Rosanna Arquette, Yumi Lambert, Fred Willard, Kevin Farley, Adrian Grenier, Patton Oswald, Mel Brooks, Lou Diamond Phillips, Doug Jones, Lea DeLaria, Thomas Lennon, John Bradley, Sunita Mani and many others!

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Web Series
Top TV Project
Top Female Filmmaker
Best Actor Created Content
Top Social/Influencer Content
More To Be Added

Terms and Conditions:

Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in our festival. If your film is chosen as an official selection Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival does not compensate for travel, accommodations, or appearance fees unless otherwise offered. Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival reserves the right to schedule changes and may at any time revoke a film screening, festival passes, accommodations, and any other filmmaker agreements for any reason. Films with theatrical release prior to festival dates will not be accepted. ONLINE SCREENERS ONLY. Once the film is accepted to Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival, DIGITAL COPIES will be requested. The committee reserves the right to rescind any screening engagement if the film is not delivered on time. Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival holds your screeners in a secure fashion and takes the filmmakers rights very seriously. Please note that technical glitches will not be adjusted during the screening of your film. Your screener must be in final format upon acceptance and filmmakers will not be allowed to have private technical meetings with the projectionist due to Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival contractual rules with the theater. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Upon acceptance, Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival may offer contract options to join the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival Youtube network and/or work with Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival digital partners as Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. By submitting you consent rights to trailers, teasers and release copyright for promotion during and after festival in perpetuity.

If a film no longer intends to screen and does not notify the festival of this change prior to 5 business days from the date of acceptance, a $500 (US) fee will be charged back to the main point of contact provided in the submission form.

Overall Rating
  • John Phillips

    Was really excited to submit to the new, LA Comedy Festival as I'd heard good things about it in 2019. The communication was a bit inconsistent, and as of the writing of this (about three weeks after the Festival) no Award Winners have been announced. I reached out multiple times, both email and through their website contact portal, to inquire about Awards before writing this review, and received no response.

    Without a doubt, the most consistent communication provided by LACFF was to provide those filmmakers who had already paid $45-65 for an entry fee with an additional link for donations to the Festival. To be honest, the entire experience felt a bit like a cash grab :(

    UPDATE: After posting this review, I got a response from the Festival essentially saying that "Winners haven't been announced and will be in the 'coming weeks.'" Three weeks later, the Festival announced TWO WINNERS, for Best Feature and Best Short Film. Yet on their website and on their Film Freeway details, they list 12+ categories. Even for their 2022 submissions, the Festival touts 6 categories "and more."

    Truly, this issue for me is only about transparency and communication. In the time between the Festival ending and this letter, over a dozen emails, posts, and Call to Actions have been sent out from the Festival requesting advance purchases and donations. Where is that same consideration when it comes to communicating with Filmmakers? When it comes to following up on the product and event they've advertised?

    I've never had a Festival experience leave this kind of taste in my mouth. The communication was basically ZERO until I posted a review, and then after that they took three weeks to announce a fraction of the "Winning Categories" they'd touted during the Submission process.

    Spend the money on Youtube ads, this Festival isn't worth it.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi John,
    It is true that we have not announced awards yet.

    As far as declaring that we asked for donations from filmmakers, that is simply untrue. All filmmakers were given free entry to the virtual festival as well as free passes and an open bar in person event on Saturday June 4th in North Hollywood that was highly attended. In spite of being in post Covid, we did our absolute best to support artists while working within certain constraints.

    It's possible that you are on our general mailing list which in that case yes, we likely asked folks to donate. We can absolutely remove you from that list.

  • Teresa Decher

    Such great films and super nice team! We had such a great time. Thank you for including us.

    December 2020