Current festival dates: November 14th - 24th, 2019
The LA Comedy Festival began in 2001 and is our longest running festival! Over the years we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of filmmakers who have told wonderfully hilarious and moving stories.
Past LA Comedy Festivals have featured thousands of performers and hundreds of films from LA and around the world. 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, LAST COMIC STANDING, have their Web Series developed for Network TV, Feature Film Theatrical Distribution and join the cast of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!! Many already well-known performers have had films screened at the festival as well. Among them RICHARD DREYFUSS, PATTON OSWALT, AMY SMART, FRED ARMINSEN, LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS, MICHAEL RICHARDS, CHERYL HINES, HOWIE MANDEL, HENRY WINKLER, CINDY WILLIAMS, BUSY PHILLIPS, JOE MANTEGNA, JONATHAN SILVERMAN, JAMES VAN DER BEEK, CHERI OTERI, JON HEDER, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, TIM DALY, CHRISTINA RICCI, JAKE JOHNSON, ERIC ROBERTS, JASON ALEXANDER, TOM CAVANAGH, ZACH BRAFF, ELIJAH WOOD, CHRISTOPHER TITUS, CHRIS KATTAN, MANDY MOORE, EMMANUELLE CHIRQUI,CLORIS LEACHMAN, T.J. MILLER, AMY MADIGAN, BRUCE DAVISON, KATE BOSWORTH, ANTHONY LAPAGLIA, STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, DAWN WELLS, LEE MERIWETHER, ZOE SALDANA, DONALD FAISON, BARRY BOSTWICK, PATRICK WARBURTON, GARY COLE, FRED WILLARD, CHRIS COLFER, T.J. MILLER, FRANK CALIENDO, SETH MEYERS, HOLLAND TAYLOR, MISSI PYLE, AMY YASBECK, ANN-MARGARET, KURTWOOD SMITH, SCOTT THOMPSON and many, many more.
We are currently accepting COMEDY submissions in the following categories:
Feature (up to 120 min)
Short (10-30 min)
Short Short (under 10 min)
Animated Short (under 30 mins)
TV Pilot (industry standard 22 mins)
Web Series (up to three episodes with combined TRT of no more than 30 mins)
Sketch Comedy (under 10 min)
Music Video (under 10 min)
Live Comedy (standup, sketch, improv, musical, variety, etc.)
LA Film Festivals began with the LA Comedy Festival in 2001, adding the LA Indie Film Fest in 2007. The LA Film Festival family has since expanded to 12 independent film festivals, including LA Horror Film Fest, LA Action Film Fest, LA Sci-Fi Film Fest, LA Animation Film Fest, LA Black Film Fest, LA Asian Film Fest, LA Latinx Film Fest, LA Queer Film Fest, LA Women in Film Fest and LA Student Film Fest.
Over the years, LA Film Festivals have attracted thousands of filmmakers from around the world. Each festival features live screenings in our own Let Live Theater in the heart of Los Angeles. Our 80-seat theater is outfitted with a Christie DLP projector and seven JBL speakers throughout the venue, delivering top notch quality in an intimate screening environment. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into our festival will receive free passes to screenings, invitations to networking events and are eligible for awards consideration.