Women in Comedy Festival is thrilled to partner with HBO, FEIGCO Entertainment and Powderkeg , Jill and Faith Soloway (Transparent) and M. Dickson (Disenchantment) to work towards closing the gender gap in the film and television industry by featuring original comedic content created from all over the world.


The 2020 Submissions Categories:

1. THE HBO PITCH YOUR FIRST 5 PAGES COMPETITION

2 .WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer (2 TO 10 minute short film)

3. WICF TV COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOT CONTEST with Jill and Faith Soloway (under 30 minute television pilot)

4. WICF ANIMATED COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with M. Dickson (5 minutes of less animated short)

Applicants may enter all four categories. Each submission requires an individual application and entry fee. Applicants  may submit no more than 5 entries in each category.

All Genders are welcome to submit. For the TV/film categories: submissions must have a female-identifying protagonist, and a woman must hold at least one of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.
For the screenplay category: Scripts must have a female-identifying protagonist.
For the animation category: Animations must be written, directed and/or produced by a woman.

Below are the guidelines and prizes for each of the four contests:

1. THE HBO PITCH YOUR FIRST 5 PAGES COMPETITION
Submit the first 5 Pages of your original 30-minute Comedy or Dramedy television pilot.

The TOP 5 scripts will have the chance to pitch in-person and receive live feedback from an Industry Pitch Panel moderated by Kelly Edwards, Senior Vice President of Talent Development, HBO, in front of a live audience at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020. The prize-winning script selected by the Industry Pitch Panel will have a mentoring call with an HBO creative executive, along with a $500 cash prize.

Please only submit the opening 5 pages of your completed original script. The title page will not be considered as one of your 5 pages and should ONLY include your TITLE and LOGLINE. No identifying information should be on the title page. This is a comedy festival, so scripts should be in the genre of comedy or dramedy. We’re looking for material that will grab our attention fast, hook us in and build up the anticipation of what’s to come.

All genders are encouraged and welcome to submit. Your script must have a female-identifying protagonist.

2. WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer
Women in Comedy Festival is accepting comedic short films or single episodes of web series that are between 2 to 10 minutes. This contest is a great opportunity for filmmakers to submit comedic content that they have already created with a chance to win $1000 and a one-on-one mentoring call with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer.
Official selections will be screened at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020.

3. WICF TV COMEDY/DRAMEDY PILOT CONTEST with Jill and Faith Soloway
Submit your produced, original, television comedy or dramedy pilot that is 30 minutes or less for for a chance to win $1000 and a mentoring call with Jill and Faith Soloway. We’re looking for unique television storytelling that will entertain us through a good laugh. One “Best of Fest” winner will be selected to be screened at the at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020.

4. WICF ANIMATED COMEDY SHORT CONTEST with M. Dickson
Submit your animated short comedy film that is 5 minutes or less in length for a chance to win $1000 and a mentoring call with M. Dickson. We’re looking for fresh and funny animation. Official selections will be screened at the 11th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on May 9, 2020.

IMPORTANT DATES
Early Deadline: January 24, 2020
Regular Deadline: February 21, 2020
Late Deadline: 11:59 PM (PST) March 15, 2020
Notification Date: April 6th, 2020
Event Date: May 9th, 2020