5th Annual

Shärt International Comedy Film Festival

February 04, 2017 to February 05, 2017

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Winnipeg MB R3J2c8
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Regular - Under 20 Minutes
Nothing over 20 minutes or under 1 minute.
Just make us laugh!

No nudity, profanity or offensiveness — unless it moves Mr. Shärt to accept it, in which case we will bleep or blur the “offensitivity”.
Shorty Sharts - Under 1 Min
Anything goes. As long as its UNDER 1 MINUTE and makes us laugh!

OH... and don't submit your film that runs over 1 minute just because it's a cheap submission fee in this category.If it's in wrong category we won't watch it. We really enjoy taking the money and disqualifying those who do that.
Longer Laughs - Over 20 min and Under 60 min
Over 20 minutes and under 60 minutes. But please, just make us laugh!

No nudity, profanity or offensiveness — unless it moves the committee to accept it, in which case we will bleep or blur the “offensitivity”.


SICFF 2017 - No. 5 - The Big V!
The Fifth Annual of Canada's Greatest, Longest Running and Most Majestic Comedy Film Festival.


We'd been thinking about starting a film festival since 1987!

AND 2013 was the inaugural SICFF year. We survived, then survived again and learned a few lessons. Last years was a rocking success and are ready for 2017 - NUMBER V. In all honesty we were blown away by the outright local and worldwide support. 2016 just reinforced this. Wickedly funny films with an engaged and beer swilling audience to go with.

SICFF is dedicated to the art of laughter on film. Send us any short film either under 20min or under 1min (that's our Shorty Shärt category) AND now our Longer Shärt (over 20 and under 60) and Shärt Feature length categories. We don't care about budget or any other pretences. Just make us laugh.

Why Shärt? The festival name is dedicated to our beloved Grand Film Marshall and benefactor Ullysses W. Shärt. He's dead now, but the laughs must go on. In fact. thanks to Shärt Industries, we're the second largest steel sponsored comedy film festival in the world! Oh, we are the longest running and most majestic comedy film festival in Canada as well. (We'll ignore the fact that we're the only.)

So submit now! All official SICFF directors receive a meat basket if they show up in Winnipeg. People didn't take us seriously last year... until we brought out their meat baskets and watched them get sick on sausage and smoked meats.

So cheers and submit now!

Andrew Wall
Co-Director - SICFF


Aaron Merke (Advanced Wizards & Warriors); Andrew Wall (Co-Founder); David Rabsch (Co-Director); David Rabsch (Co-Director); David Rabsch (Co-Director); David Rabsch (Co-Director); Michael Kluthe (Filmmaker)


First rule of Shärt - Make us laugh.

Seriously, make us laugh and regardless of your budget, where you come from, your sex or what kind of cats your worship... We'll probably accept your film. Comedy is an art and we're about celebrating that in all its forms.

That being said... maybe no full frontal nudity, distasteful content, profanity or offensiveness. Yes, laughs trumps this sometimes BUT generally no. Our audience is a pretty white collar, blue collar easy going crowd... but European incest comedy slapstick porn (see 2014 submissions) isn't what we're looking for. ABSOLUTELY NO overt racism or discriminatory films disguised as "funny". (See 2012 Hitler roommate submission.)

It goes without saying - Don't send us your art film or dramatic student work that has nothing to do with comedy and everything to do with the low submission fee's we have. (See 2013 submissions from Mexico. #ItsNotAComedyAnna!)

But don’t hesitate just because maybe you didn’t have a huge budget or it was something you did years ago and gathered dust in an old format in your closet… if it's funny then send it.

Recap of Rules:

- No racism or mean spirited nasty discriminatory submissions.
- No Mexican drama's about abusive marital relationships.
- No porn.
- No European incest slapstick.
- No restrictions on format or year it was made.



By entering a film into SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL you and your entire team agree to the following conditions:

(1) Selection
All entries will be subjected to a selection process by a panel of industry professionals according to criteria left solely to the discretion of the Film Festival organizers. Only finalists will have their entries shown on the screening nights. The names of finalists will be placed on our website: www.shartfilmfestival.com about one month (or less) prior to the Winnipeg screening night.

(2) Entrance & Due Date
All entries must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2014. NO exceptions will be allowed (except as specified per category) for interstate or international entries so please post your films early. Late entries will NOT be accepted and once entries have been received and selected for screening, they are considered as final. No reedited versions will be accepted after the deadline. Entries may not be retracted after the deadline has passed. Moreover the accompanying entry fee is non-refundable.

(3) Use of your entry
SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL aim is to screen your film for our Winnipeg audience, promote your film and to provide exposure to you as a filmmaker. Entrants to SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL consent that on occasion the organizers may need to edit or reproduce in appropriate formats or for other reasons, the entry for use. Furthermore SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL reserves the right to showcase the submissions during the festival at the festival in Winnipeg, Canada for its audience. The entrant(s) grant non-exclusive worldwide rights to their film and all materials contained within and indemnify SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL against any losses or damage incurred through usage of their film.

(4) Copyright & Permission
The entrant(s) agrees that all copyright in the sound recordings and footage belongs to them or has been used with permission and/or under license of the owner. Moreover all actors and persons appearing in the film have given consent to appear.

(5) Agreement
By entering a film, all entrants agree to these terms and conditions and this agreement is governed by the non- exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Manitoba, Canada. The singular includes the plural and vice versa. The words and expressions used in this agreement have the meanings given to them in the Copyright Act, 1985 Canada http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/ unless expressly stated to the contrary in this agreement. In the case of any inconsistency between the provisions of this entry form and any other language contained in SHÄRT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL marketing material, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions prevail.