Cologne Comedy Short Film Festival


Years running: 31 (since 1991)

Cologne Comedy Short Film Festival

International comedy short film festival.


The festival initially started by importing comedians from around the world. During the 1990s, stand-up comedy became popular with young German audiences, who had experienced humor whilst living outside Germany. This led to home-grown comedy acts, which in turn led to the growth of the festival, to its present point, where many of the brightest stars of German and international comedy perform to sold-out houses in over 20 venues, ranging from small clubs to large theatres. Many German comedy acts have been discovered via the festival.


  • Screenings it theatres and on TV,
  • Special events.


If selected, the films will be screened with an audience in the cinema and televised on the television station “Einsfestival”. For the Einsfestival transmission the WDR secures the television rights for one transmission and one repeat within a 24 hour period, as well as the rights to use excerpts from the film on television and on the internet, in order to advertise the planned transmission. There is a fixed licence price on a scale per minute between a minimum of € 100 and a maximum of € 400 including V.A.T.


The film must be attributable to the genre “comedy” and the date of completion of the film should be no longer than 1 january 2012. Films should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail or a link with the film by e-mail.

The cost of shipping the viewing and screening copies to Cologne will be carried by the applicant. The cost of returning the screening copy will be carried by the Kölner Filmhaus.

Subtitles language: english or german

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers




Official Website



Köln comedy short film festival
Schanzenstrasse 22
51063 Cologne


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    April 09, 2015
  • Deadline
    June 30, 2014
  • Event Dates
    12 — 28 October 2017
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — free
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