Welcome to the fourth year of The Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival!

The Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival is an international film festival based in Toronto Canada. We are dedicated to showcasing the works of comedy filmmakers from around the world. We accept both short and feature films that consist of elements based on comedy. Our festival offers cash prizes based on audience vote with an online venue for all to view.

We plan to feature 60+ films this year. We watch every film submitted.

The festival will be taking place from December 2nd- December 5rd, 2021. We are hoping to have a physical location but we can confirm the festival will be taking place online.

We will be accepting film submissions from now until October 29th. We will reveal the final selections on November 1st.

We also produce a Horror Film Festival and a Sci-Fi Film Festival. Please follow the links below if interested.



The festival gives out the following awards:

Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best International Film
Best Canadian Film

Ticket holders for the festival will have the opportunity to vote for best film of the film block they viewed. The film with the most votes will receive an American cash prize.

Best Short Film - $300 USD prize
Best Feature Film - $600 USD prize

Note: Our festival features multiple film blocks made from short films and feature films. We expect to give away 5 prizes this year. One for best feature film block and four for best short film blocks.

This may be subject to change based on how many film submissions we receive.

Entries must be related to comedy. This includes puppets, animation, performance theatre, web content and music videos.

Entries do not need to be premiers to be submitted

Short Film entries must be under 20 minutes in length

Feature Film entries must be over 20 minutes in length

If selected to screen at the festival, entries must be provided in a high resolution (24 fps) ProRes QuickTime format. It is okay to submit films in a lower resolution to review for selection.

Only three entries per filmmaker

No refunds will be given

Foreign films are accepted but english subtitles must be added

The Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and/or at any other festival event. Submission of work implies that the festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter if such material is used in festival promotion. The original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.

Overall Rating
  • Ross Hammond

    I had a wonderful time premiering my short film at The Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival. Unfortunately Covid prevented many people from joining in person, but when the pandemic is over I can see it becoming a landmark festival in Toronto!

    January 2022
  • Stevan Mraovitch

    Awesome film festival, well organized and professional, selected films are great and handpicked. It was a great experience, thank you for the interest in my work and support!

    January 2022
  • Leo Morgenstern

    I had a great time being part of the festival. Everything was well done and I’m very happy to have been a part of it.

    January 2022
  • Andrew Fleming

    We were thrilled to have 2 shorts in this festival, one online and one screened live at the theatre. It was great to be at an in person festival again. Overall there was a great selection of films and it was a really fun experience. Looking forward to submitting again in the future.

    January 2022
  • Good Improv

    Easy to work with and a great experience overall. This was our first entry into a comedy film festival and they were accommodating and transparent every step of the way.

    January 2022