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.

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 online and offline on the big screen during the solemn final ceremony on April 01 – 05, 2022 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 Mobile New Media (Sketches, Skits and Vlogs)

Best Comedy Actor

Best Comedy Actress

Best Comedy Director

Best Cinematography

Dates & Deadlines

Super Earlybird Deadline May 27, 2021

Earlybird Deadline June 30, 2021

July Deadline Juuly 29, 2021

Summer Deadline August 31, 2021

October Deadline October 28, 2021

Autumn Deadline November 30, 2021

Winter Deadline December 30, 2021

Late Deadline February 3, 2022

Spring Deadline March 1, 2022

Extended Deadline March 27, 2022

Notification Date March 28, 2022

Our team 

Valery Shanin’s Film Club

Festival President 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.

Director Irina Spirina

Irina Spirina – professional psychologist, coach, theta-healing instructor, graduated from the Erickson Coaching University, worked at the Moscow Training Center, has authored self-development courses, and has been organizing international film festivals since 2016.

PR Manager Alina Fedulova