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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Hidden behind the world of laugh tracks and blockbuster mediocrities there hums and buzzes a new class of surreal experiments in comedic cinema. The Brooklyn Comedy Festival and Kickstarter have partnered to curate and exhibit the best of them.
To sum up, we take very good comedy and show it to very good people.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was created to celebrate the scene and to give every level of performer a chance to shine on Brooklyn’s many stages.
Each year, the festival showcases both established and up-and-coming performers from every realm of comedy, including sketch, standup, improv, web series, and now short and feature films. In addition to shows, there are panel discussions and after-parties throughout Brooklyn hosted by local and national sponsors.
From Hannibal Buress dropping by to perform at opening night in 2013, to Mike O’Brien moving on to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, Nick Turner selling an original show to Comedy Central soon after his performance, Reggie Watts appearing at the first Winter Wonderlandia show as Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s “special guest”, and 2014 performers Michael Che and Hasan Minhaj cast on The Daily Show as correspondents, the Brooklyn Comedy Festival continues to have some great surprises and successes for attendees and performers alike.
Past sponsors include Adult Swim, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kill Rock Stars, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, and Mailchimp.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was founded by producer Ashleigh Walker and performers Julian Kiani and Chris Nester.
Ashleigh Walker (BKCF Founder and Director); Taylor Moore (Festival Registrar); Taylor Moore (Film Festival Director)
We're looking for comedy. Short. Long. You name it, as long as it's funny and short. Or long. Not too long, though. Not like a hundred hours long. Don't submit a hundred hour movie.
Also, it should have been made some time in the last year, though we're willing to consider older works if they have not been screened or released online yet.
If it's not in English, then please throw a couple English subtitles up there.
It's perfectly fine if your film has screened before, but we do prefer works that have not been seen by wide audiences online. Should this be the premiere or New York premiere of your film, we would think that is pretty cool.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting a film, You grant us the right to screen Your film at one or more Brooklyn Comedy Festival (BKCF) event, copy and/or reproduce, modify, adapt and any part thereof, up to one (1) minute of the film submission. We may also use Your submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by You to communicate it to the public in all media, including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote BKCF, events, its products and services, or all, and to showcase Your film.
By submitting a film You attest that You own the copyright to Your film as its author and represent and warrant that You have (and will continue to have during the duration of BKCF and thereafter) all necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions we need to use Your film and You will provide evidence of such on our reasonable request. You indemnify and hold harmless BKCF and its agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered. BKCF accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting a film to BKCF and its curation and all related events.