Moving to Austin for its second year, the Lysistrata Comedy Festival is a four day festival celebrating the collective power of women - now with more rage! No, seriously - wtf is going on with this industry/country/planet?

Are you mad, too? We want to see a sketch show about it! Depressed? Stop hiding it and choreograph a burlesque routine about your blues! Inexplicably horny? Congratulations, you’re great at dissociating, now write a set about it! We believe that there is great power in vulnerability, and one of the greatest superpowers you have is the ability to make all of this bullshit funny. Some say it can’t be done (you know everybody has a festival now ;), but those people are just men!

Short films, musical comedy (or comedic music), podcasting, burlesque, improv, stand-up - we're accepting submissions of any type of performance medium, as long as it fits under the genre of *comedy*. Women of color and non-binary people are strongly encouraged to apply. Aside from showcasing your talents, this will be an amazing opportunity to grow your comedy community and while this isn’t a conference, we hope that our daytime workshops will leave you a happier artist.

This festival will take place March 30 - April 2, 2023 in Austin, TX. We hope you join us!

*Email us at if you need a discount to submit!*

*General Rules*

All submissions must fall within the genre of comedy.

Submissions are accepted via only and must be entered by the final deadline of January 31, 2023.

Simultaneous submissions accepted. And if a film or act no longer intends to participate after notification of acceptance (February 14, 2023) a $25 (USD) fee will be charged back to the main point of contact on the submission form.

Multiple submissions are accepted. All submissions require a separate entry fee.

All submissions must be in English or accompanied by English subtitles.

Application fees are nonrefundable.

Submission to the festival and payment does not guarantee placement in the festival.

Must be 18 years or older to enter the Lysistrata Comedy Festival.

By submitting your work for consideration, you agree to allow LCF staff to distribute your sample or work in its entirety to screeners for the purposes of reviewing your work for adherence to festival rules, humour, and craft.

By submitting your work for consideration, you agree to allow LCF to share your name and image as a part of promotion of the festival, should your work be selected.

You understand that the festival does not provide travel, accommodations, or reimbursement of attendance at the festival.

LCF reserves the right to create and change the dates of the festival and lineup or revoke an entrants submission.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the 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.

If the Festival not hear from a film within 7 days of acceptance and do not receive the film's screener we can no longer accept or screen the film.

*What is Accepted*

Standup, Sketch, Improv, Short Film, Plays, Musicals, Burlesque, and other weird shit.

We recommend all performance samples be between 5 – 15 minutes in length and submitted through

Completed works must be completed and submitted through Dropbox no later than February 28 (film only).

Profanity and sexual content to a purposefully and tastefully to a minimum. Gender, sexual orientation, belief system, or affiliation insults are not welcome.

Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates listed above by 11:59 PM Central Time to ensure the deadline fee by date and submission.

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Work must be submitted by the writer/comedian/performer of the work. Material submitted by teams must be submitted by one of the team members, with the consent of all other(s).

All performances involving any performer other than the submitting artist needs to be cast, directed, staged, and ready to be performed during by festival weekend.

Festival acceptance announced by email February 14
Reply by February 21
Lineup announced on website and promotional materials by March 1

Overall Rating
  • Stacy King

    Loved this festival. There was a spirit of community at this festival. I can't wait to come back next year.

    April 2023
  • Carolyn Kelleher

    Fantastic festival!! Great lineup, fun shows, and SUCH a kind and supportive group of ladies. Hope to do it again next year!

    April 2023
  • Lots of fun and a great chance to connect with funny girls and their supporters. Happy our short film premiered here!

    March 2022
  • Christine Ferrera

    I had a great time performing in the festival! It was a very positive, supportive environment for female-identifying comedians and there was great variety and diversity of shows!

    March 2022
  • Cynthia Clark

    Lysistrata has everything - short films, standup, improv and more! An informative and entertaining weekend filled with wonderful people and new friends! My film Netflix And Chill was honored to be part of this inaugural festival. Great festival, great people, and great talents! Don’t miss this festival!

    March 2022