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.
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
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
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Köln comedy short film festival
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