Canada's LONGEST RUNNING, LARGEST and MOST MAJESTIC COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL. Yes, the festival formerly known as The Shärt International Comedy Film Festival is now the Canadian International Comedy Film Festival -- CICFF!

This past year (MAR 2018) was mind blowing as our dream to nurture comedy film was realized in an evening of laughs. Great comedy filmmakers from Canada and around the world found our festival and submitted their films. So too did a sweaty, beer swilling, frostbitten audience. The gig was packed and the people laughed and laughed...

SEVEN years later, CICFF (formerly Shärt) is truly on its way to becoming the place where
the world comes to laugh!

CICFF is dedicated to the art of laughter on film. Send us any film in our categories: Under 1min in the Shorty category.
Between 1 and 20 minutes for the regular category.
Longer Laughs which is over 20 minutes and under 60 minutes.

We don't care about budget or any other pretenses. Just make us laugh!

We're transitioning into our new brand, The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, but we're keeping our great traditions and spirit from the Shärt International Comedy Film Festival.

So cheers, submit and show up ready to laugh for the rebirth on February 9th, 2019!

Shorty Award
Peoples Choice Award
Official Select Award
Rom Com Award (Depending on the submissions of that year)
Best International Film Award

*Filmmaker will receive trophy as well as have their film and names engraved on our CICFF / Shärt legacy trophies for each category.

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL TERMS & CONDITIONS By entering a film into CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL you and your entire team agree to the following conditions: (1) Selection All entries will be subjected to a selection process by a panel of industry professionals according to criteria left solely to the discretion of the Film Festival organizers. Only finalists will have their entries shown on the screening nights. The names of finalists will be placed on our website: about one month (or less) prior to the Winnipeg screening night. (2) Entrance & Due Date All entries must be submitted on or before Jan 15th, 2019. NO exceptions will be allowed (except as specified per category) for interstate or international entries so please post your films early. Late entries will NOT be accepted and once entries have been received and selected for screening, they are considered as final. No reedited versions will be accepted after the deadline. Entries may not be retracted after the deadline has passed. Moreover the accompanying entry fee is non-refundable. (3) Use of your entry CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL's aim is to screen your film for our Winnipeg audience, promote your film and to provide exposure to you as a filmmaker. Entrants to CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL consent that on occasion the organizers may need to edit or reproduce in appropriate formats or for other reasons, the entry for use. Furthermore CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL reserves the right to showcase the submissions during the festival at the festival in Winnipeg, Canada for its audience. The entrant(s) grant non-exclusive worldwide rights to their film and all materials contained within and indemnify CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL against any losses or damage incurred through usage of their film. (4) Copyright & Permission The entrant(s) agrees that all copyright in the sound recordings and footage belongs to them or has been used with permission and/or under license of the owner. Moreover all actors and persons appearing in the film have given consent to appear. (5) Agreement By entering a film, all entrants agree to these terms and conditions and this agreement is governed by the non- exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Manitoba, Canada. The singular includes the plural and vice versa. The words and expressions used in this agreement have the meanings given to them in the Copyright Act, 1985 Canada unless expressly stated to the contrary in this agreement. In the case of any inconsistency between the provisions of this entry form and any other language contained in CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL marketing material, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions prevail.

Overall Rating
  • Amanda Jean

    Great festival, good communication. We were super pleased to be apart of it!

    April 2018
  • Jon Ornoy

    I didn't get to make it to Winnipeg unfortunately, but am very appreciative of the opportunity to have screened

    April 2018
  • We always punch the air in the office when we get a selection here - great for comedy films and programmers that care for content from all over. If you're a comedy filmmaker then you should definitely consider submitting here.

    April 2018
  • Brett Stumpp

    Wasn't in attendance, but loved the experience. Was interviewed for their podcast, which was a unique experience that made me feel like i was much more connected to the film festival. Nice people and good communication.

    March 2018
  • alex swinfen

    Didn't attend but excellent communication, an earnest interest in my film and a genuine passion for the medium. Would recommend.

    February 2017