The NYC Short Comedy Film Fest (NYCSCFF) will be held November 15, 2020, in New York City, NY, USA.

The winners of the 2020 spring NYC Short Comedy Film Festival are!

Best Script: Mike Bucchino & Max Cantor for I Think My Girlfriend F***ed Jake Gyllenhaal
Best Cinematography: Wilson Hester for I Think My Girlfriend F***ed Jake Gyllenhaal
Best Comedy: Shuttlecock
Best Actor: Adam Mark (Adam Adamson Licensed Realtor)
Best Actress: Cynthia Csabay (T.I.O.L.I Revolt)
Best Director: João Rabello for The Man Who Became A Meme
Best Sketch Comedy Video: Instagram Betches
Best Actor in a Sketch Comedy Video: Spencer Sherry in Coffee! You can sleep when you're dead!
Best Actress in a Sketch Comedy Video: Abiola Ogunbiyi in The Wrong Swipe
Best Director of a Short Sketch Video: Jason Ortiz for SlapNuts Comedy - Dad Dome
Best Cinematography of a Short Sketch Video: Dominick Siville for SlapNuts Comedy - Dad Dome
Best Script of a Short Sketch Video: Patricia Sabulis & Katie Johantgen for Instagram Betches
**** This is a short film festival, only for films 20 minutes or less in length!! We will NOT be screening any films longer then 20 minutes in length!!!!****
**** Short Sketch videos must be 5 minutes or shorter in length!!*****

What makes you laugh? Opposing personalities, bad puns, witty insults, inappropriate bodily functions, dead babies, old people falling down stairs, cats doing people things - we're open to it all!

Come make us laugh at the 5th Annual NYC Short Comedy Film Fest and be part of a growing tradition!

Please be sure to review ALL submission guidelines before you mail the entry. We have limited time and resources to correct application mistakes. Please try and be as accurate as possible. We will contact you by e-mail if there are any problems, so please be sure to watch for e-mails from

We only accept online submissions either here with a FilmFreeWay video or a private/password protected vimeo/YouTube link. If your film is selected we will provide full technical specifications but an .mov, mp4 or .mpg works great. All films will be played from a hard drive. Please note, if accepted, we MUST receive the exhibition media AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS before the festival.

If your submission is selected, you will be notified by e-mail in the middle of February. Accepted filmmakers will be given a free admission pass to the festival. (We cannot help with any transportation, food or lodging costs.)

Certificates with Trophies available.

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script

As a condition of entering the NYC Short Comedy Film Festival, hereafter known as NYCSCFF, I/we hereby certify that:

1. I/we am/are the sole creators of the film, script, short stories, poems which I/we have submitted to the NYCSCFF.

2. I/we warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title there to have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to NYCSCFF.

3. I/we understand that the NYCSCFF will not return and is not obligated to return my film or any other materials I/we have submitted to the NYCSCFF.

4. I/we hereby grant the NYCSCFF the nonexclusive right to use my name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the NYCSCFF.

5. For filmmakers: NYCSCFF may transfer the submitted material to a hard drive for screening, if needed, and if the submitted material is selected for screening the submitted material may be used by NYCSCFF for promotional purposes.

6. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless NYCSCFF, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to NYCSCFF.

7. I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the NYCSCFF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. The NYCSCFF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with NYCSCFF.

8. I/we have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates.

Overall Rating
  • Nick Cocuzza

    Even though Covid-19 shut down the country, Dennis and the nice folks who run the festival went above and beyond to put on a virtual viewing experience for us when they could have easily just cancelled. And even set up Skype sessions for Q&A's! It was a great experience and we were able to share with friends and family too! Thank you guys!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Nick, I am glad it worked out. Next year we will hold the festival!!!! Dennis

  • Henry Hereford

    I was so impressed by Dennis' commitment to keep the festival going. The streamed all the entries and he even arranged for us to do a Skype Q and A. I really enjoyed watching the films and enabled me to be a part of it from London, England. Thank you

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Henry, Glad you were able to join us. After all the work the filmmakers did to get their films done we figured we had to screen them!

    May we all be back to full live festivals next year. Stay safe and healthy! Dennis

  • This was a "mini festival" as part of a day of screenings at the Producers Club in Manhattan (other shows that day included Romance, Animation and Documentary shorts). The programs were of good quality and the projection and sound were acceptable given the multi-purpose venue (several small black-box theaters in adjoining spaces). Our host Dennis and his assistant were friendly and helpful, and we had a full house for the comedy block. A good entry-level experience for new filmmakers.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Glad you came and had a good time! It was great having you!

  • Alex Cooper

    Whilst we weren't able to go, the team were great and we'd recommend people to go in for this festival.

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We were happy to screen your film and look forward to any future films you would like to share with us! Keep making movies!!