Welcome to the sixth 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.
We plan to feature 60+ films this year. We watch every film submitted.
The festival will be taking place from December 1st- December 2nd, 2023. Our selected films will be shown at The Royal Cinema.
We will be accepting film submissions from now until October 31st.. We will reveal the final selections on November 6th..
We also produce a Horror Film Festival. Please follow the links below if interested.
We are happy to announce that we will be producing screenings at The Royal Cinema throughout the year for local Toronto filmmakers. We will cover half the cost of the venue and organize the event for the filmmaker. We can also provide an afterparty on request. Submissions are free and all run times are accepted. Please submit and we can discuss booking details and prices.
The festival gives out the following awards:
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 - $500 USD prize
Note: Our festival features multiple film blocks made from short films. We expect to give away two prizes this year. Two pr 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
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.