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The Houston Comedy Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit for international independent comedy films that also recognizes excellent comedy screenplays. We started accepting submissions in 2008. The first event was held in 2009 and has ranked in the FilmFreeway Top 100. HCFF was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015 while based in Houston, Texas. The Houston Comedy Film Festival has 40 active judges. 19 of the judges are fluent in English and Spanish. This event selects and screens all types of comedy submissions including Funny Music Videos, Web Series Episodes, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Mockumentary, TV Pilots, Commercials, Micro Films, Animated Comedy, Horror Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, and any other type of Comedy that you can think of. The judges are looking for films that generate laughter in a fun, fast paced program. For more information about our next live screening event on Saturday November 12, 2022, please check out the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2022 Event Page.

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"It was so good to finally meet you (Mikel Fair) in person at the Houston Comedy Film Festival last Saturday, and such an honor to be recognized among so many talented screenwriters. It meant a lot. I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the films and just the warm, friendly atmosphere - something you don't find everywhere ..."

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Houston Comedy Film Festival Submissions Are Now Open!

Do you have a comedy short film, music video, web series episode, sitcom, mockumentary, animated film, dark comedy film, sketch comedy or romantic comedy film that you're sending to festivals? Have you written a comedy screenplay with funny situations, engaging characters, clever concepts and great dialogue?  Would you like to review our submission rates and upcoming deadlines? If so, please go to the Houston Comedy Film Festival listing on FilmFreeway. Our judges can't wait to watch your videos and read your stories. Please read our Comedy Film Category Judging Guide - Download .pdf or Read Online if you'd like to understand our how we rate and select submissions for this event. We make the process as fair and objective as possible. No politics here, we're just looking for the funniest and most creative works that we can find, to entertain our audience. Have more questions about the rules and restrictions for Houston Comedy Film Festival submissions? Please visit the Film Festival Circuit FAQ Frequently Asked Questions - LINK.

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Houston Comedy Film Festival Rated In The Top 100 On FilmFreeway By The Filmmakers

We are fortunate, that the Houston Comedy Film Festival is rated in the Top 100 film festivals by filmmakers worldwide on FilmFreeway. We have fun, we laugh and we appreciate funny films in Houston. It's all about the filmmakers and the screenings. The Houston Comedy Film Festival strongly believes in giving every filmmaker possible, an opportunity to share their creative work in a comedy environment. Thank you for your support.

Dear Houston Comedy Film Festival, Congratulations! Your festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of December 2019! According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event. We’re especially proud to be partnered with amazing events like yours that help independent film continue to thrive." - FilmFreeway


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Houston Comedy Film Festival List Of Submission Categories

  1. Animated Comedy Film
  2. Comedy Film
  3. Comedy TV Episode
  4. Comedy Web Series Episode
  5. Dark Comedy Film
  6. Funny Music Video
  7. Horror Comedy Film
  8. Mockumentary Film
  9. Romantic Comedy Film
  10. Screenplay: Comedy Feature Length and Short
  11. Screenplay: Comedy Series Full Length and Short
  12. Screenplay: Dark Comedy Feature and Short
  13. Screenplay: Horror Comedy Feature and Short
  14. Screenplay: Romantic Comedy Feature and Short

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Houston Comedy Film Festival List Of Award Categories

The official selections represent the top 25% of submissions rated by the judges on a scale of 1-10. From the pool of official selections, up to 5 finalists per Award Category are announced as 'finalists' and are eligible to win an award. In some cases, less than five finalists may be nominated for a specific category, if there weren't enough films or screenplays that finished in the top 25% of official selections in that specific category. For example, we may have 20 music video submissions, but only 4 were rated in the top 25% of the official selections, therefore, only 4 award finalists are announced as finalists for the "Funniest Music Video" Award. 

25 Award Categories For Comedy Films And Videos

  1. Best Acting Performance
  2. Best Animated Film
  3. Best Cinematography
  4. Best Comedy Film
  5. Best Comedy Micro Film*
  6. Best Dark Comedy Film
  7. Best Dark Comedy Micro Film*
  8. Best Director
  9. Best Editing
  10. Best Ensemble Cast
  11. Best Horror Comedy Film
  12. Best International Director
  13. Best International Micro Film*
  14. Best International Film
  15. Best Mockumentary Film
  16. Best Romantic Comedy Film
  17. Best Romantic Comedy Micro Film*
  18. Best TV Episode
  19. Best Texas Film
  20. Best Texas Micro Film*
  21. Best Web Series Micro Episode*
  22. Best Web Series Episode
  23. Funniest Music Video
  24. Most Original Concept

* (1-6 minutes in length)


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14 Award Categories For Comedy Screenplays

  1. Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
  2. Best Comedy Short Screenplay**
  3. Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
  4. Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay**
  5. Best Horror Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
  6. Best Horror Comedy Short Screenplay**
  7. Best International Feature Length Screenplay
  8. Best International Short Screenplay**
  9. Best Romantic Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
  10. Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay**
  11. Best Texas Feature Length Screenplay
  12. Best Texas Short Screenplay**
  13. Best Comedy Series Full Length Episode
  14. Best Comedy Series Short Episode**

**40 pages or less

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Films That Have Screened At The Houston Comedy Film Festival

Some of the filmmakers from our previous events, have since made their films public on YouTube and Vimeo. Check them out!

100% Directed by Emma Miranda Moore (United Kingdom)



"Shahkboy" Directed by Jake Peckar (Massachusetts)



"Location Scouts" Directed by Christiaan Van Vuuren & Connor Van Vuuren (Australia)



"Open Wide" Directed by Behnam Taheri & Gideon Beresford (United Kingdom)



"The Long Pee" Directed by Daniel Fradin & Kyle Rosenbluth (Pennsylvania)




Smithston” Directed by Craig Melville (Australia)

“A Welshman’s Guide to Breaking Up” Directed by Keri Collins (United Kingdom)


“Bwown Bugg” Directed by Aaron Caponigro and Sarah Yovovich (New York)

Native Immigration Directed by Eric Romero (United Kingdom)



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Film Festivla Submitter's Handbook ebook and AudioBook

My name is Mikel Fair and I have written this 30 page ebook to help filmmakers strengthen their submission when submitting to Film Festivals. This guide is based on my experience, starting in 2008 as a Film Festival Director that has watched, rated and reviewed more than 5000+ submissions of all genres from over 100 countries. There are several mistakes that filmmakers are making on a daily basis that I can help you avoid. I explain in detail, about how the packaging and editing of your submission can have a direct effect on how many festivals that your film is accepted to. Priced under $10 US, I have made this book affordable for everyone and will email you any new versions that we release until January 2021. Please read the first chapter for free!

  • Chapter 1: Does Packaging Really Matter? - Free Chapter!
  • Chapter 2: Are Your Contact Details Accurate? A Daily Common Mistake
  • Chapter 3: Does The Name Of Your Film Stand Out? Or Will It Be Lost In The Shuffle?
  • Chapter 4: Tips For Creating The Right Tagline And Synopsis
  • Chapter 5: Do You Know That A Director’s Bio And Resume Are Two Different Things?
  • Chapter 6: How To Write A Compelling Director’s Statement That Tells A Story.
  • Chapter 7: The First Impression Of Your Film Is It’s Official Poster.
  • Chapter 8: Without A Trailer, Your Film Might Become An Afterthought.
  • Chapter 9: Why Do Film Festivals Love Submissions With A Social Media Presence?
  • Chapter 10: Your Film’s Website, Is Its History And Point Of Contact
  • Chapter 11: Final Cut Or Festival Cut? Don’t Submit The Wrong One.
  • Chapter 12: Stretch Your Submissions Budget. Use Promo Codes. Get Discounts.