Canada's LONGEST RUNNING, LARGEST and MOST MAJESTIC COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL - The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival -- CICFF!

This past year was a weird and delayed one but we still had great comedy filmmakers from Canada and around the world submitting despite Covid-19. Our online awards has happened already and now the actual audience screening for our 2021 films is (hopefully) taking place this October.

PLEASE NOTE: Season 10 submission deadlines were adjusted due to the push back of our 2021 screenings... and then the subsequent push of 2022 way back to Oct 8.


So on we go into 2022 because once this is ALL over we'll really need to laugh...

Dedicated to the art of comedy on film, we aren't one of those pretentious films festivals that pre-selects the lineup, snubs low-budget, dismisses non-conventional or charges outrageous submission rates. Oh, and we actually watch YOUR submissions.

WE WATCH your film BUT films that display racist, homophobic, misogynistic, gratuitous nudity or abusive situations... we stop watching. Comedy can definitely tackle big issues and be edgy but when filmmakers send in ugly crap thinking it's funny, we toss it in the reject pile. That's it.

Our motto at CICFF is "Where the world comes to laugh!" because after the filmmaker yells "cut" and the Grand Marshall of the Festival yells "roll the films" we are all about celebrating the art of comedy.

So cheers, submit and show up ready to laugh for the Number X instalment of CICFF in February of 2022! (Tentatively in February... between 7th and 8th wave of Covid.)

Just "Make Us Laugh!"®™

Peoples Choice Award
Official Jury Select Award (Formerly Shärt Cup)
Shorty Award
Rom Com Award (Depending on the submissions of that year)
Best International Comedy Short Film Award
Best Canadian Comedy Short Film Award
Best Canadian Feature
Best Feature

*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 10th, 2022. 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
  • George Tramountanas

    We were honored to be selected and to have won an award for our film "Win a Trip to Browntown!" Despite the pandemic, they did a great job with their online award show. We're crossing our fingers we'll get a chance to visit Winnipeg in the future!

    March 2021
  • Very friendly organizers who provided the opportunity of an interview to go with our screening. A great themed-festival with nice social media support. Wish I could've made the trip to Winnipeg!

    March 2020
  • Michael Stasko

    Andrew and David are great! Very passionate about the festival they are growing. So nice to have a wonderful festival that focuses and gives love just to the comedies. Lots of laughs!

    March 2020
  • Brad Gibson

    I couldn't make the trip to attend the festival but the communication and pre-festival interview was great to make me feel a part of it!! Congrats to all the filmmakers

    May 2019
  • Scott Farrell

    Wasn't able to attend but it looked like it was tons of fun! During a phone interview with them I could tell these guys definitely put a lot of heart into it and I wouldn't hesitate to submit again in the future!

    March 2019