Welcome to our LIVE SHOW submissions page

Live Submissions Are Closed
Live performance applications for the 2020 Women in Comedy Festival, May 7th – May 10th, are now closed.

Notification: All applicants will be notified via email between February 25th through February 28th that their submission status has been finalized.

Applicants will be asked to go to their my applications  page to see if their act or acts have been selected or not. Until then all submissions are under review.

Thank you so much to everyone who has submitted their acts  in the genres of  Improv, Sketch, Musical Comedy (scripted and unscripted), and Stand Up. We are truly thrilled that you all applied and we have some tough decisions to make.

Please look over our FAQ page if you have any questions about the submissions process.

Film Submissions
Film & Screenplay submissions are open THROUGH MARCH 15th at filmfreeway.com. Click below to apply now.

What information will I need to submit for my act to be considered?
The application details all the information you’ll need to supply to WICF. Once you register your free account and log in, which is the very first step in the application process, you can work on your application, save your work and log back in to finish. If you don’t have all the information, you can come back anytime before the deadline and finish filling it in.

You will need to do the following to apply:

  • Create a free account and make sure you’re logged in
  • Submit your basic information, including short and full bios for your act (short bio limited to 175 words, full bio limited to 1200 words) and act photo (please submit a photo that is a minimum of 150kb and maximum 400kb, jpg format, about 1000 pixels wide or long, whichever is greater.)
  • Submit a web link to a live, unedited performance of your act. Please no “highlight reels”. We need to see the flow of your act. Your video must conform to the following lengths:
    – Stand Up: 5-7 minutes
    – Improv: 12-25 minutes
    – Sketch: 5-25 minutes
    – Musical Comedy (scripted or unscripted): 5-25 minutes
  • Complete the application by submitting your payment

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you step away from your application for a significant amount of time, you should save it as a draft, otherwise if you are inactive for a while the application may time out and when you hit submit it will not go through and your work will be lost. If you do not receive a confirmation email, the application did not go through successfully.

WICF 2020 Live Show Application

Applications are closed

Submissions Deadlines and Fees

Film Festival Submissions Are Open THROUGH MARCH 15th.

Live Performance Submissions ARE CLOSED.


Early Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020 | $25 /$35

Regular Submission Deadline: February 21, 2020 | $35/$45

Late Deadline Submission Deadline: March 15, 2020 | $45/$55

Festival Dates: Thursday, May 7th – Sunday, May 10th

Notification of Acceptance: April 6, 2020


Regular Submission Deadline: November 15th, 2019 | $35

Extended Submission Deadline: EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 21st*, 2020 | $45
*We are keeping submissions open so anyone having technical issues can still apply. Please don’t procrastinate!

Festival Dates: Thursday, May 7th – Sunday, May 10th

Notification of Acceptance: You will receive notification between February 25th through February 28th 2020

Thank You From WICF

We appreciate each and every one of your submissions, and the time and effort it takes to hone your craft, record your set, and submit to the festival. It takes courage and determination to put one’s work out there to be judged, and please know that we review each application with care.

Should you not be accepted into the festival this year, please don’t feel discouraged. We want you all to know that we are highly impressed with the quality of work we see and that we feel that any one of our applicants, if not accepted this year, will be ready in the future.

We find that not only is it impossible to judge someone’s level of raw talent, but that the things that can be at least subjectively measured, like stage craft, writing, and the ability to connect with your audience, are all things that can be developed with continued practice.

One last caveat is that like any creative endeavor, comedy is subjective, and that our opinions, though rooted in knowledge and experience in comedy, are certainly not to be confused with fact. Much like the subjectivity of the artistic and technical merits of a figure skating performance vs. a speed skater crossing the finish line first in a race, comedy is much more akin to the former.

Other Ways To Get Involved

We support each and every one of you and we hope that you will apply again next year or the year after. We encourage all of you to attend the festival regardless of your acceptance status if it’s feasible for you. All applicants, regardless of acceptance status, will be given a stand-by pass to the festival and free access to panels and parties. We’re always looking for onsite volunteers during the festival, which is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes feel for what goes on at WICF and is a great way to get to know other comedians.

Please do keep in touch. We’re so very grateful you’ve chosen to share your hard work with us.

As always, feel free to contact us at submissions@wicf.com with any and all questions and feedback.

With great appreciation,
– The WICF team