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 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
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
Our Film Festivals
Vadim Inin — producer, member of the Union of Cinematographers
Ada Bernadotin — film critic, member of the Film Historians Guild
Yana 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».