INTRODUCING A NEW COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL!
Vancouver - March 1 – 10, 2018

Call For Submissions – Feature and Short Films
Open to Filmmakers Worldwide

Submission Deadline: January 19th, 2018

The 1ST edition of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival, a brand new initiative as part of JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Comedy Festival, is calling all comedy filmmakers worldwide! We are searching for the best and funniest short and feature films from around the world, to showcase at the inaugural edition in Vancouver. This is a great opportunity to showcase your comedy in a city that boasts a strong admiration for cinema, including indie films, and celebrate its success at Vancouver’s Comedy Festival. Open to participants worldwide, we will be selecting 8-10 features and 15-20 short films to showcase during the festival, occurring March 1-10, 2018. We are able to bring you this fabulous new initiative with the support of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Vancouver, Creative BC, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Civic Theatres!

Your project may be considered in the following formats:

SHORT FILMS:

1) COMEDY SHORT SHORTS: The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival is proud to present the fourth edition of the Comedy Short Shorts competition. Comedy Short Shorts will once again shine a well-deserved spotlight on the talented filmmakers and comedians of the Pacific Northwest.
Comedy Short Shorts began as an event to bring together comedians and filmmakers that were creating short form comedic video content for internet release, and gave them a platform to view their work on the big screen in front of a live audience. In a time when so much video content is viewed on tiny screens by single viewers clicking through the never-ending scroll, Comedy Short Shorts brought people out of their homes and into the community, gathering them together in a venue where their laughter could be enjoyed in real-time by the talented filmmakers who created the work.

2) WORLD-WIDE SHORTS: Not from the Pacific Northwest, but have a fantastic short film you’d like to submit? No problem! Participants from across the globe can submit to the WORLD-WIDE SHORTS, as we pick the top shorts from around the world to compete in this format. Please note that participants from The Pacific Northwest are also eligible for this category.

FEATURE FILMS:

1) FEATURE THIS: If you have a feature film that you’re itching to show off to a city of film-lovers, this is your chance. We invite filmmakers worldwide to submit their feature films to FEATURE THIS!, our feature film series as part of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival. We will be selecting 8-10 films to showcase during the festival… show us what you got!

COMEDY SHORT SHORTS & WORLD-WIDE SHORTS:

First, second and third place winners will be chosen in each short film category (Comedy Short Shorts and World-Wide Shorts). The prizes will be distributed as follows:

1st Place: The winner of each category will receive $1,000 CAD, and a prize package from our sponsors.

2nd Place: The runner-up in each category will receive $500 CAD, plus a prize package from our sponsors.

3rd Place: The third place winner in each category will go home with $250 CAD, plus a prize package from our sponsors.

In addition, an award for THE BEST SHORT FILM will be given to one (1) of the 1st place winners from either COMEDY SHORT SHORTS or WORLD-WIDE SHORTS. The recipient will receive two (2) artist passes for the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in July 2018, the world’s largest comedy festival, where their film will be screened as part of the Just For Laughs “Eat My Shorts” series.

• All short film submissions coming from the Pacific NorthWest region of North America (which includes the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the US States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) can submit to the COMEDY SHORT SHORTS and WORLD-WIDE SHORTS format. The festival programming team will decide which category to include your film in.
• All short film submissions coming from outside the Pacific NorthWest region of North America are eligible to submit to the WORLD-WIDE SHORTS format.
• All feature film submissions (from anywhere in the world, including the Pacific NorthWest region of North America) are eligible to submit to the FEATURE THIS! format.
• All submissions must be done through FilmFreeway to be eligible.
• Submissions must be at least 40 minutes in length to be considered a feature film, and no longer than 20 minutes in length to be eligible for the short-film categories.
• All languages will be accepted, but submissions not in English must have English subtitles.
• Submission must not have had a web, TV nor streaming release anywhere in the world, nor a theatrical release in Canada before the festival.
• Your film must have been completed between 2016 and 2018.
• All comedic genres will be accepted – from mockumentaries and romantic comedies, to dramedies.
• A non-refundable fee of $25 CAD per submission (taxes included) will be charged.
Should your film be selected, please note the following:
• Depending on the venue, films are screened in the filmmakers’ preferred formats or are compiled onto a screening compilation in a format determined at the sole discretion of the Festival.
• You will need to fill out, sign and return a screening agreement (supplied by festival)
• We will request additional marketing materials (if applicable), such as photo (s)/stills of your film for website and possible catalogue inclusion, press kits, etc.

*the festival will accept unfinished material for submissions if it is a fine cut.

**The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize 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 to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Should your film be selected, please note the following:
• Depending on the venue, films are screened in the filmmakers’ preferred formats or are compiled onto a screening compilation in a format determined at the sole discretion of the Festival.
• You will need to fill out, sign and return a screening agreement (supplied by festival)
• We will request additional marketing materials (if applicable), such as photo (s)/stills of your film for website and possible catalogue inclusion, press kits, etc.

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  • Fiyin McCrary

    The Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival was amazing! The Rio Theatre was awesome and the people were so nice and organized! I'd love to submit another film one day!

    April 2018
  • Jon Ornoy

    It was a fun world premiere for my film, thanks for the opportunity to screen and thanks for the prize!

    April 2018
  • Lance Lasheras

    Was a great time with great people!

    February 2017
  • John G

    Had a great time at the festival. Took place in a great old theatre with around 400 people in attendance. A really fun experience

    February 2017