For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the funniest, laugh-out-loud comedy festivals below!

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from documentary to LGBT. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

This week MovieMaker presents today’s Comedy category and Thursday’s Environmental/Social Cause festivals. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite comedy fests right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the most comical of comedy festivals (that also happen to be the coolest of cool) in each of five pools. The comedy fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on the “Top 5 Coolest Comedy Film Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Monday, August 19 at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!

To browse all 20 of this week’s short film festivals and vote, click on the arrows to the right or left of the voting bar (you’ll need to hover your cursor over the edge of the bar until the translucent arrows appear).

For more information on each fest (including MovieMaker fun facts), click on its picture, or the magnifying glass icon. To visit the festival websites, click the shopping cart icon.

Voting for the Comedy category has concluded. Thank you for participating!

MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in categories ranging from Environmental to Experimental over the next two months. And check back tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20, for our Women’s category and Thursday, August 22 for LGBT fests. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Comedy category.

Pool 1:
L.A. Comedy Festival
Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival
The World of Comedy Film Festival
Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival

Pool 2:
Middlestate Independent Comedy Film Festival
Shart International Comedy Film Festival
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival
SketchFest Seattle Film Festival

Pool 3:
Chicago Comedy Film Festival
Laugh or Die Comedy Festival
Comedy Ninja Film Festival
Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest

Pool 4:
Boston Comedy Festival
Friars Club Film Festival
LoCo Film Festival
Hell Yes Fest Film

Pool 5:
Laugh Track Comedy Festival
Gangrene Film Festival
Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Fest
International Comedy Film Festival

Don’t forget, MovieMaker has several other sub-genre categories to vote in, spanning from experimental to environmental, launching every Tuesday and Thursday until the very beginning of September.

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