The Mountain of Laughs Comedy Fest is dedicated to Independent Comedy Films, Comedians and Comedy Art & Entertainment of all types! We are now accepting submissions for our 2018 festival season.

We are happy to announce that our event will be at the very nice Greystone Lodge in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg, TN right next door to Ripley's Aquarium and just a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Awards & Prizes

Best Film
Best Director
Best Story
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Sound
Best Screenplay

Information On The Mountain of Laughs 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.

*** Special Recognition Awards are given to any film that is nominated (in top 4 by votes) in 5 or more categories. The way we see it is, even if the film didn’t score the highest in any of the categories, to be a nominee in 5 or more categories means that the film was extremely good across the board. (The Festival Directors Choice Award category don’t qualify for the Special Recognition Awards)

**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominee’s 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.)

Award Winners will be announced LIVE at The Mountain of Laughs Comedy Fest!

Rules & Terms

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 LLC / The Mountain of Laughs 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 LLC / The Mountain of Laughs 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 LLC / The Mountain of Laughs 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 LLC / The Mountain of Laughs 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.

5 Reviews

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    Amanda Young

    Very low attendance. But fun people and Willy does a great job of communicating and fostering a cheerful environment.

    April 2017
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    Brian Shirley

    Great communication and very accommodating. I could not attend as I was performing in Myrtle Beach. Will submit again!!

    April 2017
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    Mike Messier

    Thanksgiving - a short film I wrote and Directed was a part of the festival. Communication was great, very straight forward and timely. I looked into the venue, but ultimately could not attend, which also seemed terrific and I hope MLC was as awesome as it seemed to be! I just checked the website and the awards are up in an organized and timely fashion. Festivals like this are what keeps independent film alive! - MIKE

    April 2017
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    Jason K. Allen

    Professionally run, excellent communications, and I was impressed by the quality of the films. And you can't beat the location -- with mountains and hiking trails right outside your door. Look forward to attending again next year.

    April 2017
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    Jeff Vande Zande

    I wasn't able to attend, but communication was excellent via email. Had I been able to attend, rooms were made available at a discount. It sounds like their aim is to really recognize the filmmakers who can attend.

    April 2017