About

Greek mythology Gelos is the divine personification of laughter, the most welcome of the gods, always owes its success to some novel subterfuge. This deity favourably and affectionately accompany everywhere the person who arouses and enacts his laughter, and he will never allow you to grieve in mind, but will implant continual joy on your countenance with his sunny elegance.

Gelos Comedy Film Festival is a brand new festival. We hope you will join us in a days full of fun and endless laughs! We will highlight comedy short and feature films, web series, TV episodic, filmed sketch comedy, Dark Comedy, music video and animation with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a wide audience! Our dual emphasis is on “discovering” great comedic talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the Moscow public, as well as, showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and well-known stars. We are proud to showcase, connect and promote talented comedy filmmakers from all over the world.

Awards & prizes

All officially selected films will be shown on the big screen during the solemn final ceremony on April 17-19, 2020 in Moscow, Russia, and will be able to struggle for the main prize and the title of the “Best Comedy Film”. As well as for the prizes in the standalone nominations.

Best Feature Comedy Film

Best Feature Dark Comedy Film

Best Comedy Short

Best Dark Comedy Short 

Best Alternative Comedy Short

Best Animated Comedy Short

Best Comedy Web Series Episode

Best Student Comedy Short

Best Funny Music Video

Best Fake Commercials

Best Mocumentary

Best Comedy Actor

Best Comedy Actress

Best Comedy Supporting Actor

Best Comedy Supporting Actress

Best Comedy Director

Dates & Deadlines

Super Earlybird Deadline July 15, 2019

Earlybird Deadline August 15, 2019

Autumn Deadline October 15, 2019

Winter Deadline December 15, 2019

Regular Deadline January 30, 2019

Late Deadline February 23, 2020

Extended Deadline April 1, 2020

Notification Date April 5, 2020

Our team 

Valery Shanin’s Film Club

Festival Director Valery Shanin

Valery Shanin — journalist, writer and filmmaker, producer of TV program “Around the world with Valery Sanin” on the Ocean-TV channel, president of TRAVEL FilmFest International Film Festival.

 

 

Head of Programming Slava Krasko

Slava was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a career as a financier and when he was 35 years old left the business to go on a round-the-world trip. He described his impressions of the trip in the book «The Year of Spring». In 2014, Slava traveled by motorcycle across South America on the route of Ernesto Che Guevara and shot a documentary about it. Since 2017 he has been studying at the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow.

 

Festival Manager Oleg Semichev

 

 

 

 

SMM Manager Timofey Astahov

Photographer Mihalis Ovchinnikov

Cameraman Sergey Borisov

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Festival jury

11182244_1607052202842054_849784185199105906_nVadim Inin — producer, member of the Union of Cinematographers

 

 

 

 

14680615_1007935122669002_650417607826296801_nAda Bernadotin — film critic, member of the Film Historians Guild

 

 

 

 

14199710_1738346196426614_4279657798495179938_nYana Salacinska — program director of Ocean-tv channel. Member of the jury of the festival «Vivat, Russia», one of the organizers of the international film festival «Ocean film fest».

 

Our Partners