Assemble a team of your most creative friends to spend a frenzied 24 hours (that’s 1440 minutes!) making a 3-minute or shorter film. Ready to learn more?

Challenge Details


November 8: Get the prompt, line and comedy genre that need to be included in your film via Instagram Live at 7pm with an email to follow
November 9: Write, shoot, edit, and upload your film to Dropbox by 7pm
November 10: Join us for a reception at 1:30pm and watch your film on the big screen at 2pm at Columbia College in the hub of downtown


There’s no limit to the amount of people you can have on your team. Register here and submit your team details. Don’t forget to Venmo your friends to split the cost!

$50/team: Early Bird Registration deadline October 11
$60/team: Regular Registration deadline October 25
$70/team: Day-Of Registration deadline November 8 by 5pm


So, what’s all of this for? Well, the winning team gets their film screened during a prime shorts program at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival March 21-22, 2020 and 4 VIP passes to the fest. CCFF brings in filmmakers worldwide to champion strong comedic voices in storytelling. To date, CCFF has screened over 600 films. Films will be judged during the screening on November 10 and the winner will be announced then and there. Each team’s film will be available to stream on the CCFF website for a limited time with a chance to win the Audience Favorite Award. The film with the most donations will win and have a chance to be screened at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival and will get 2 VIP passes to the fest.

Judges to be announced at a later date.


Tickets for the screening on November 10 will be available online and at the door for $5. Participating teams will receive 4 complementary tickets to be used at their discretion. Additional tickets may be purchased. This event is open the public.

Rules and submissions

  • Your film must clearly include the prompt, line and comedy genre provided via Instagram Live and email on November 8. They cannot be used in the credits.

  • All production of the film must take place in the allotted 24-hour time period (from 7pm November 8 to 7pm November 9).

  • Films submitted after 7pm on November 9 will not be eligible for Judges awards, but will still be allowed to screen on November 10.

  • All films must be submitted by 7pm on November 9 via Dropbox provided to the Team Leader.

  • Team Leader must send title, synopsis of film and credits by 7pm November 9.

  • It is up to the Team Leader to assure that the final file is formatted and plays correctly.

  • All films must be at or under 3 minutes, including credits.

  • Films must clearly include team name for 3 seconds in the credits.

  • You must own the rights to all music used.

  • File requirements: Quicktime File, no 4K.

  • All costs associated, equipment needed, locations and any other production needs for the project are the responsibility of the team.

  • At this time, CCFF cannot offer refunds for participating teams. We are a nonprofit and greatly appreciate your support!

Additional Questions? Email to learn more.

Chicago Comedy Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and exists to educate and support a diverse network of comedy filmmakers from across the globe. We appreciate your support!