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Laughter

The Los Angeles Comedy Festival.

About

Our dual emphasis is on “discovering” great comedic talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the LA public, as well as, showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and well known stars.

Past participants have gone on to win the OSCAR for best short film, LAST COMIC STANDING, signed Web Series development deals for Network TV, received Feature Film Theatrical Distribution and joined the cast of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! Among the well known performers who have had their work shown in films screened at the festival are: Christina Ricci, Tim Daly, Kate Bosworth, Zoe Saldana, Anthony LaPaglia,  Chris Colfer, Patrick Warburton, Gary Cole, Fred Willard, T.J. Miller, Frank Caliendo, Seth Meyers, Janeane Garofolo, Peyton Manning, Holland Taylor, Ann-Margaret, Cedric the Entertainer, Matthew Lillard, Mindy Sterling, Kurtwood Smith, Scott Thompson, Jake Johnson, Corbin Bleu and many, many more. 

Program

  • FILM (Features, Short Shorts, Shorts, TV Pilots, Sketch Comedy, Animation, Music Video, Web Series)
  • SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (Feature Screenplay, Short Screenplay, TV Pilot)
  • COMEDY ACTS

Awards

Film competition:

  • Feature Films: Best of Fest, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble
  • Films under 30 minutes: Best of Fest, Best of Fest: Short Short, Best Foreign Film, Best Student Film, Audience Choice Award, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble,  Best Animated Short, Best Music Video, Best Web Series-Episodic, Best Web Series-Non episodic, Best TV Pilot
  • Kickass Original Filmmaker Award.

Screenplay Competition:

  • The winner of the FEATURE Screenplay Competition: $500 and TWO VIP Passes to the 22nd LA Comedy Festival
  • The winner of the SHORT Screenplay Competition: $250 and TWO VIP Passes to the 22nd LA Comedy Festival
  • The winner of the TV PILOT Screenplay Competition: $250 TWO VIP Passes to the 22nd LA Comedy Festival

Rules

  • Projects completed after January 1, 2017
  • You may enter as many times as you wish. However, for each entry you must fill out a separate entry form and send a non-refundable application processing fee.
  • All Films and Screenplays must be in the genre of COMEDY. 
  • Submit your film on the festival site or via Withoutabox or Filmfreeway.

Audio language: English
Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

United States
Los Angeles

Official website

lacomedyfest.com

Contacts

Address:

916 N. Formosa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
United States

Email: info@lacomedyfest.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 21, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 15, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    January 19, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    February 09, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    March 02, 2018
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline
    March 30, 2018
  • Notifications
    March 21, 2018
  • Event dates
    3 — 13 May 2018
Categories & Fees

1-10 mins running time.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

Up to 30 minutes.

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  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

Up to 30 minutes.

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  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

Up to 10 minutes

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  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

up to 130 pages

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $65
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — $85

Up to 120 mins., must be an LA Premiere. Narrative and Documentaries are welcome

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $60
  • Late Deadline — $70
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

11-30 mins running time. Narrative and Documentaries are welcome.

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  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

Up to 32 pages.

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  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — $75

Running time from 11 to 30 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

May submit up to 3 episodes with a combined running time of 30 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — free

Up to 32 pages

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Screenplay Extended Deadline — $75
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