7th Annual

Canadian International Comedy Film Festival

February 08, 2019 to February 09, 2019

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Winnipeg MB R3k1H8
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CICFF Regular - Under 20 Minutes
Nothing over 20 minutes or under 1 minute.
Just make us laugh!

No excessive nudity, profanity or offensiveness — unless it moves the jury to accept it, in which case we will bleep or blur the “offensitivity” or just look the other way.
CICFF Shorties - 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.
CICFF 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”.
CICFF Features - 60 min and beyond...
Comedy feature films... animation, mocumentary, slapstick and anything else that makes us laugh.

Over 60 minutes!


CICFF 2019 - No. 7 - Rebirthed!
The Seventh Annual of Canada's Greatest, Longest Running and Most Majestic Comedy Film Festival... rebirthed!

Our mission: Celebrate the art of comedy on film! We believe that comedy is an art form which needs a unique environment to truly enjoy it. Not a stuffy traditional film festival environment but rather a place where people come to laugh. Laugh hard, drink beer and have fun. Throw in some games and sausage baskets and you've got CICFF!


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

AND 2013 was the inaugural CICFF year. (Well actually it was called Shärt back then.) We survived, then survived again, survived once again and learned a few lessons. Last years was a rocking success and we are ready for 2019 - NUMBER VII. In all honesty we were blown away by the outright local and worldwide support. 2018 just reinforced this. Wickedly funny films with an engaged and beer swilling audience to go with.

And yes, we rebirthed ourselves as Canadian International Comedy Film Festival. Why? Because our sponsors and partners were starting to have their head offices in Toronto ask "Why the hell are we sending cheques to something called Shärt?!" That and our vision collided with a legal issue with the Shärt Foundation who initially funded seasons 1 - 5. In respecting the Shärt family we took the festival down the rebirthing canal.

CICFF is still dedicated to the art of laughter on film. We don't care about budget or any other pretences. Just make us laugh! Categories including our Under 1 Minute Shorts to Features that go to infinite... (We probably shouldn't use infinite.)

We are the longest running and most majestic comedy film festival in Canada as well. (We'll ignore the fact that we might be the only right now, again.)

So submit now! All official CICFF directors will continue to receive a meat basket if they show up in Winnipeg. People didn't take us seriously in our first 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 and David Rabsch
Co-Directors - CICFF


Andrew Wall; Andrew Wall; Andrew Wall (Co-Founder); David Rabsch (Co-Director)


First rule of CICFF: Make us laugh.

We are a rising world comedy festival and we take our comedy SERIOUSLY. We are no longer that little fest that started in a community club gym and were delighted to accept anything with a cheap fart joke. (Actually we still love those.)

Filmmakers that have attended along with our growing audience know that we are a unique festival in the world that truly loves comedy and embraces it as an art. We're also about a lot of fun, beer and silliness.

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, subtle or any kind of racism or discriminatory films disguised as "funny". (See 2012 Hitler's 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.

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. We hate racists!
- No Mexican drama's about abusive marital relationships. (And don't troll us on twitter because you didn't realize you submitted to a COMEDY FESTIVAL and got rejected, Anna.)
- No porn. (But hey... a little jiggle and bum can be overlooked.)
- No incest slapstick. (Unless it makes us laugh.)
- No restrictions on format or year it was made.



By entering a film into CANADIAN 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.cicff.ca about one month (or less) prior to the Winnipeg screening night.

(2) Entrance & Due Date
All entries must be submitted on or before Feb 20 2018. 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
CANADIAN 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 CANADIAN 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 CANADIAN 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 CANADIAN 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 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL marketing material, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions prevail.