Our festival happens in London, UK, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, and screens short comedy films from around the globe. Our festival is held at the prestigious and lovely Hackney Picturehouse, home to many film premieres. We are proud to showcase, connect and promote talented comedy filmmakers from all over the world. It is curated by the same team that produces the London-X4 Seasonal Short Film Festival and the Asia South East-Short Film Festival.

Awards of first, second and third place will be available in the following categories:

– UK Comedy Short
– American Comedy Short
– European Comedy Short (including Ireland)
– Canadian Comedy Short
– Australasian Comedy Short
– African Comedy Short
– Asian Comedy Short
– Latin American Comedy Short
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– Student Comedy Short
– Longer Comedy Short, Web Series & Pilot (15 to 30 minutes)
– Shorter Comedy Short (under 2 minutes)
– Animated Comedy Short
– Music Video Comedy Short
– Experimental Comedy Short

Awards are judged by a panel of people involved in the comedy and film industry. In our 2017 edition we were lucky to have on our panel:

-MATT TILLER (head of development for Comedy Central UK)
-MONA YOUSEFI (star of her own BBC show and comedy actor)
-TIM RENKOW (star of his own BBC show and stand up comedian)
-ALEXIS DUBUS (well known UK comedian)
-JOANNE LAU (part of the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room)
-DEPRESSTIVAL (one of a kind musician)

The Festival Directors have been involved in live and filmed comedy promotion, performance and production for over fifteen years.

Exciting, creative content is more important to us than slick production values. With comedy, if you make them laugh, audiences won't care if you filmed your masterpiece on your uncle the swinger's 1980s video camera.

London and the UK has a long, illustrious history of comedy from The Canterbury Tales to Monty Python. It is also a global centre for production companies and talent agencies that are looking for new talent to provide comedy content for the ever expanding market of online entertainment, digital content marketing and advertising. We have a database of these companies and agencies and update them about the talented filmmakers participating in our festival.

Most importantly though, the films we screen aim to entertain our festival audiences so we have some important criteria for the films we show:

GET TO THE FUNNY BITS QUICKLY.
BE ORIGINAL AND AVOID CLICHES.

"Brevity is the soul of wit" William Shakespeare
(and he knows better than us because he wore tights)

Our base is in London but we are expanding this year to other cities and countries further afield. We plan to become a major resource and conduit for new comedy talent. We now live in a more internationally connected time than ever before and comedy is a thing that can bridge culture, language and distance. Being able to share great, undiscovered comedy films is a real buzz and delight for us and our festival is an essential calendar feature both for audiences wishing to have some great nights of laughter and for the discovery of new comedy creators.

All participants in our festival (if they wish) will have their contact details along with their film details made available to our industry database.

Awards & Prizes

Awards of first, second and third place will be available in the following categories:

– UK Comedy Short
– American Comedy Short
– European Comedy Short (including Ireland)
– Canadian Comedy Short
– Australasian Comedy Short
– African Comedy Short
– Asian Comedy Short
– Latin American Comedy Short
&
– Student Comedy Short
– Longer Comedy Short, Web Series & Pilot (15 to 30 minutes)
– Shorter Comedy Short (under 2 minutes)
– Animated Comedy Short
– Music Video Comedy Short
– Experimental Comedy Short

Awards will be judged by a panel of comedians & people involved in the comedy industry

Rules & Terms

Rules & Terms

The London Short Film Festival's decision is final, and we cannot enter into discussion about films not accepted.

If your film is chosen to screen in competition, we will send you an acceptance email and request a digital transfer of your short film. The file must be received by the date stated in the acceptance email, or your film will not be screened.

London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival (L-WWCSFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize for up to a year after the festival an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized for up to a year after the festival to commit the film for screening (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.K. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

By submitting your entry you consent to, and have obtained all necessary consents for (and agree to provide copies of the same on request), all or any part of the production being reproduced for up to a year after the festival by the Organizers and/or any other parties authorized by the Organizers and/or broadcast by a third party in any media (e.g. press, television, internet or telephone download), solely in relation to, and in support of, the Festival provided that, wherever reasonably possible, the author of the work is given appropriate notification and credit.*

*Please note that we will notify you if we intend to curate your work in programs outside of the festival screenings and you will be given the opportunity to opt out.

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    Neagle & Samad

    Roddy produced a first class festival!

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for this Natalie :). Happy filmmaking

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    Edward Picot

    This is a really well-organised festival!

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Edward

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    Maninder Chana

    Wasn't able to attend the festival but communication and everything else was top-notch all along the way. Proud to have had our short screen in the festival.

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Maninder. Loved the rude humour in your film. Hope you're well :)

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    nobru47 .

    Nice experience and great festival

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Much appreciated

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    Thiago B. Mendonça

    Great festival! It's a pleasure to show a film in London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival!

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Thiago. Your film was one of our highlights.