The 3rd Annual Red Octopus Presents Funny Suckers Comedy Shorts is now accepting submissions!

Red Octopus Theater Company,. founded in 1991, is one of the oldest sketch comedy troupes in the nation. Throughout the year they produce live shows featuring original material written by Red Octopus members. Find them online here:

Prepare yourself for a night of laughter as you watch some of the funniest films from around the world. These comedy short films come in doses of humor in all styles & budgets. If a film is funny, then we will screen it!

Short films should be between 1 to 15 minutes. If you have a film over 15 minutes that you think will blow us away then you can submit but please be aware it will be rare for us to program a film over 15 minutes.

The Sandy Baskin Golden Tentacle - awarded to the film the members of Red Octopus Theater deem worthy as the funniest of all submitted films.

Audience Sucker Award - awarded to the film receiving the most votes from the screening audience.

1. Film runtimes must be between 1 to 15 minutes ONLY.
2. We only accept digital online screener submissions using FilmFreeway’s digital submission process (Vimeo/YouTube, etc links). Do not email us your links.
3. More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry form and fee.
4. COMPLETION DATE: No requirement for completed by date.
5. PLACE OF ORIGIN: Film submissions from all over the world are encouraged but they must be in English or have English subtitles.
6. PREMIERE STATUS: No premiere requirement
7. Films may have distribution.
8. Selections are at the sole discretion of FSLR and may not be challenged. We do not provide feedback on why a film was not selected.
9. No refunds.
10. Official Selections may be screened at other Film Society of Little Rock events within one year of this festival. (Ex: FSLR may have a year-end award winner’s night)

*If submission is selected into the festival, an H264 digital file will be required for exhibition purposes.
*File must be received no later than 2 weeks before screening date.
*We prefer files to be sent via Dropbox, however other download links may be acceptable. Instructions will accompany official notification.

The entrant grants Film Society of Little Rock a non-exclusive, royalty free license for use for theater screening, and to publish excerpts in print or electronic media to promote the event in any and all media. The filmmaker must secure all rights and clearances.

Overall Rating
  • Bryan Brooks

    Thanks!!! Happy to be apart of this one.

    July 2018
  • Synnove Godeseth

    Amazing festival... thrilled to win the Audience Award. Unfortunately we weren't able to attend but communication was great throughout. Definitely recommend submitting and hope to attend in future years!

    May 2017