30 days to write, produce, film, and edit a comedic short film

FEBRUARY 10 – MARCH 12, 2021

Comedy Spot Short Film Challenge participants have 30 days to write, produce, film, and edit a comedic short film. Each challenge will feature a new theme. Please see the list of important dates, below, and read through the rules for more information. As with all Sacramento Comedy Spot programs, we seek to represent a wide range of experiences and communities through connections with our partners and community leaders.

Completed short films will premiere during a special live stream event on Saturday, March 27, 2021.


  • Monday, February 8, 2021 – Entry forms and registration fees due
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – Theme announced via exclusive live stream
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Start of filmmaking challenge
  • Friday, March 12, 2021 – Deadline to submit completed film
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021 – Completed short films will premiere during a special live stream event

Purchase your tickets to the virtual screening of our film challenge entries on Saturday, March 27!

Join us for over 40 short films from this year’s event. Stay tuned for the film premiere lineup schedule.

The exclusive link to view the live stream event will be included in your confirmation email.


  • Remember: This is a comedy short film challenge.
  • All comedy short films must be written, produced, filmed, and edited between Wednesday, February 10, 2021 and Friday, March 12, 2021. You are on the honor system.
  • Comedy Short Film Challenge will start accepting entry fees on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Participants must submit the Participant Information Form along with a $25 entry fee by midnight on Monday, February 8, 2021 in order to participate. Registration fees are per film. A separate registration entry must be submitted for each film that is to be considered.
  • The subject of the short film must reflect the theme of the challenge. The theme for the challenge will be announced on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 8PM via live stream. Participants will be sent a private link to view the announcement. The announcement video will also be sent via email to all participants immediately following the live steam announcement. Be creative with the theme. Please do not adapt an existing screenplay to fit the theme.
  • Films can be as short as desired but can not be more than 10 minutes long (including credits).
  • Your final product should have the best quality picture and sound. We encourage participants to work together and share equipment, if possible. If you need to borrow equipment or have questions use the Contact and Equipment tab below.
  • Do not use copyrighted music in your final film. Use public domain or free-to-use music and sound effects. YouTube has a FREE sound library located here: youtube.com/audiolibrary
    Sign into your YouTube account to access.
  • Participants will be emailed instructions to submit their final film. Films must be submitted in .mp4 or .mov format. Along with the final film, participants will be asked to provide a final cast and crew list and the screenplay. The submission due date is before midnight on Friday, March 12, 2021.
  • Completed short films will premiere during a special, private, live stream event on Saturday, March 27, 2021. All participants will be able to view this event for free and will be sent an invite with a link to view, prior to the event.
  • The nature of this challenge is truly guerilla-style filmmaking. Be careful and be responsible. By submitting an entry form and paying your entry fee, all participants release Sacramento Comedy Spot, its affiliates, successors, officers, employees, representatives, partners, and agents, in their individual and/or corporate capacity, from any and all claims, liabilities, obligations, promises, agreements, disputes, demands, damages, causes of action of any nature and kind, known or unknown, which participants has or ever had or may in the future have against Sacramento Comedy Spot.
  • Health Advisory: We are currently in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. You must comply with any health precautions set forth by your local governing body.
Registration for this year’s challenge is now closed.

Remember: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:59PM is the deadline to submit your completed film.

All participants will be sent a Google Forms link to submit their final movie and credits. If you have not received a link, please email laugh@saccomedyspot.com.

Here are some important things to remember about your final submission:

  1. The name of your movie file should be the name of your movie. Example: thewheel.mov or thewheel.mp4  Remember you can only submit .mov or .mp4 files.
  2. Your movie file must be less than 1G.
  3. Before you click the Google Form link, have all the information you will need for your credits: director, writer, cast, crew, etc.

Please let us know if you have any complications.


A diverse panel of judges will determine the following awards. Categories can have multiple winners. Winning filmmakers will be sent official certificates and award laurel graphic, and will be featured on the Comedy Spot website and social media.

  • Best Film
  • Best Performance
  • Best Direction
  • Best Script
  • Best Use of Theme
  • Diversity Award
  • Audience Award for Best Film
  • Spirit Award – Participant(s) that best embody the positive, inclusive, and collaborative spirit of this challenge

Local Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Instructor

Additional judges to be announced soon.


To ensure that the Comedy Spot Short Film Challenge represents a wide range of experiences and communities, we are working with the following community leaders and organizations to recruit participants.

Registration waivers may also be obtained for participants who have been historically underrepresented in film and comedy and for whom money is a barrier. Please email Brian Crall for more information.

Partners to be announced soon.

If you need equipment, other resources, or just have a question, please contact Brian. 

Sacramento Comedy Spot
General Manager and Founder
916-402-4757 (Text Preferred)

Here is a list of equipment the Comedy Spot can let you borrow. If you don’t see what you need on this list, please contact Brian anyway. He may be able to find another filmmaker who has what you need. 
  • DSLR Canon 70D camera
  • Rechargeable panel lights
  • Mics (lots of different mics)
  • Zoom recorder (battery powered)
  • Older tripod (but works)
  • Green material to use as a green screen

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1050 20th Street #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

916-444-3137 | @saccomedyspot

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