Phoenix International Comedy Film Festival is an annual celebration of the best of comedy movies and hilarious performances and images in Toronto. The festival's goal is to present all forms of comedy to the general public. From caricatures, web series, animated projects and short films to arthouse successes and domestic commercial hits, the festival's scope gives film lovers an unparalleled experience of Comedy art form. The inaugural edition was held in June 2018. The 3rd edition of the festival is scheduled for Oct 2-3, 2020. All the selected materials will be presented in a physical venue. The nominees are more than welcome to attend our annual screening event and red carpet ceremony which will be covered by media at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Apart from the physical presentation, all the award winners have the option to present their work on Online Phoenix TV Channel. The festival also provides the possibility for the artists to present their hilarious works in the from of drawings and photo. The selected works will be presented in the the festival's exhibition.

FILM AWARDS:
There are Five Awards for Feature Film Category:
Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress

There are Five Awards for Short Films Category (Under 50 mins)
Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress

There are Two Awards for Sketch Comedy Category (Under 20 mins)
Best Sketch Comedy, Best Direction

There are Two Awards for Web Series Category (Under 20 mins)
Best Web Series, Best Direction

There are Two Awards for Animated Short Category (Under 40 mins)
Best Animated Short, Best Direction

There are Two Awards for Live Comedy Category (Standup, Improv, Musical, Variety, etc.)
Best Standup, Best Improv

There are TWO Awards for Best Funny Image Category
Best Photo, Best Drawing

A) Eligibility Requirements

1. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2015 are eligible for consideration
2. Films previously submitted to the Phoenix International Comedy Film Festival are NOT eligible for consideration.
3. Feature-length films that are available for public online viewing are not eligible.
4. Films shown at private screenings not open to the public (for crew, investors, etc.) are eligible.
5. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
6. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

B) Submission Guidelines

1. Feature-length films must be submitted via online screener hosted by Vimeo, on DVD or on Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
4. To qualify for student entry fee rates, entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production (copy of student ID, transcript, etc.)
5. All films selected for the Phoenix International Comedy Film Festival will screen on Bluray/DCP unless otherwise arranged by the submitting filmmaker and programming team.

C) Deadlines

Early deadline entries must be postmarked/submitted online by August 1, 2020.
Regular deadline entries must be postmarked/submitted online by August 30, 2020.
Late deadline entries must be postmarked/submitted online by Sept 15, 2020.

D) Shipping
The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

E) Judging & Selection

Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Phoenix International Comedy Film Festival programming committee. If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All entrants will be notified on or before September16, 2020

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

F) Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).