Cofilmic submissions still open


Yes, it’s that time again, where has the year gone? You can now submit your short comedy films, sketches and sitcom or web series pilots for a chance to win a coveted COFILMIC award.

The COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival will take place at the Comedy Store Manchester on 29th and 30th October 2012. It will be a unique mix of the shortlisted films, live sketch and character comedy performances and our annual live sketch writing competition.


  • Comedy Short Film – maximum length 5 mins
  • Comedy Sketch – maximum length 5 mins
  • Sit Com Pilot or Web Series Pilot– maximum length 5 mins

The timings must include all credits and music.

Submission Deadline

Submissions will be accepted from 12pm 14th May 2012 and will close on 12pm 14th August 2012.

Shooting formats and Content Upload

We recommend that you shoot in HD as we will be showing the shortlisted films on big screens, on the web and possibly on TV.

All videos must be uploaded electronically via the COFILMIC website in the following format:

  • 1920 x 1080 25 frames per second
  • Quicktime H264
  • Ideally under 500Meg
  • 15000-17000 kbits/sec
  • Stereo sound 48K 16 Bit Uncompressed (contained within QuickTime)

Do not export any black borders and we prefer 16:9 aspect ratio but will accept other ratios.

Festival Awards and Prizes

Jury awards and prizes for the following will be announced on 30th October. There will be an awards ceremony on the final evening, 30th October which will include:

  • Best Comedy Film – 1st and runner up
  • Best Comedy Sketch – 1st and runner up
  • Best Sit Com Pilot or Web Series Pilot– 1st and runner up
  • Audience vote: top 3 audience voted films from the two days
  • Best Comedy Performance

The awards will be a combination of face to face meetings with COFILMIC judges and partner companies including commissioning editors, producers and directors. Exposure on our own web channel and more opportunities to be announced soon.

Closing date – 12noon on 14th August 2012

Here is what people said after coming along to last years festival:

“It was a pleasure to take part and really the whole Tuesday (the only day I could attend) was totally brilliant. You have created something worthwhile, and useful to the industry. I look forward to seeing it grow a year on year, which I am certain it will.”

“I expect you guys are inundated with praise, but, just to heap on some more, it really was a fantastic festival. Smoothly run, brill panels, and I met loads of funny people. Now making a comedy short for David Isaac’s project (Jason Wingard, one of my favourite comedy makers, is also involved) so that’s exciting.”

“the whole thing exceeded any expectations, you ‘smashed it’ as they say.”


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