This year, Hell Yes Fest: Film is expanding in some fun ways. In addition to featuring great sketches, videos, and comedy films from all over the world, HYFF will also feature live podcast recordings, a KickStarter-fueled social experiment, fun shows that mix standup and sketch with video, and a special edition of the popular movie sequel-pitching competition show Part 2, featuring acclaimed filmmaker Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times @ Ridgemont High). Also this year, we’ll be randomly surprising audiences with Wiseau Award Awardances, in which our favorite HYFF submissions will be honored and awarded by a buffet of dumb celebrities.
This year’s HYFF lineup:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hell Yes Fest: Film?
Hell Yes Fest: Film is a showcase of the best up-and-coming comedy videos, as well as a celebration of all the coolest cult classics and experimental works that excite us. Unlike most traditional film fests, HYFF mixes live comedy with videos to create shows and screenings that are one-of-a-kind.
When is Hell Yes Fest: Film?
Hell Yes Fest Film takes place during the week of Hell Yes Fest, an ever-expanding comedy festival that is created and curated by The New Movement, a duo of comedy theaters in Austin and New Orleans. Hell Yes Fest takes place this October in multiple venues in New Orleans and celebrates the best and weirdest live comedy and films from all over the planet.
Can I submit my work to Hell Yes Fest: Film?
What can I submit to Hell Yes Fest: Film?
What you got? Is it funny? Is it unique? If you think your film makes people say, “Hell Yes,” then we want to see it. If it’s a web series, an unseen pilot, a short film, or anything we can’t think of, then you should submit it. We’re probably not the place for serious introspective works, and feature-length films have a much smaller chance of being screened, as we generally prefer shorter pieces that can be woven into shows with other live acts.
Is it true that there are actual awards at stake here?
Starting in 2014, Hell Yes Fest: Film began hosting an awards show like no other. Dedicated to one of the greatest film directors of all time, Tommy Wiseau, the Wiseau Awards celebrate all the best films submitted to the festival. A parade of celebrities and famous idiots will be presenting actual physical Wiseau Awards throughout the ceremony and we expect it to be exactly like the Oscars but a lot dumber and more prestigious.
How much does it cost to submit?
HYF: Film is committed to keeping our submission fees as low as possible, because we all know what’s it like to live on boxes of macaroni and Hot Pockets. Submissions will start at just $15 for early birds.
Can I submit my film digitally?
YES! We hate dealing with old-fashioned DVD’s so feel free to send us your digital screeners. We simply ask that you send us a private link to your work. We will not view any screener without a completed application and paid submission fee. You can still send us two DVD screeners if you have them lying around (no Blu-Ray’s please).
When is the submission deadline?
To lock in our lowest submission fees, please submit by June 1st. After then, you can still submit at a slightly higher rate until August 8th. Any submissions after that date will be politely refused.
What if I want to attend Hell Yes Fest and present my film somehow?
If you want to watch a live audience watch your film, we’d love to have you! As our festival grows, we are experimenting with all sorts of fun ways to display the films and involve the filmmakers in the festivities, so let us know what your hopes and dreams are and we will do our best to work with you on it. Not only is it a fun film fest, it’s also got the best improv, sketch, and standup performers from all over the country and it’s pretty much a week-long party so you’ll want to attend whether your film plays in the fest or not.
I’m a filmmaker or sketch group and I have this really cool idea for a live show that includes videos…
Let’s hear it! Contact us with your idea and we’ll try to make it happen. Hell Yes Fest has featured live podcast recordings, sketch retrospectives, and even panel discussions in past years, so we are always on the lookout for new show ideas that don’t fall under the normal category of film screenings.