SUBMISSION FAQs

When can I submit?

2021 Submissions are tentatively scheduled to open April 1st, 2021.

We will be accepting submissions for stand up, live podcasts & musical comedy. Submission fees are escalated until they close on July 1st. Final lineup announcements will be made on (or before) July 28th, 2021. Because our 2021 Festival will include our Big Pine 2020 Lineup; we have fifteen (15) open spaces available for 2021.

All fees are non-refundable. Thank you for your donation and support of the art community. Be sure to watch Big Pine on social media for discounts and promotions.

Fees:
Open Submissions - $37 (April 1-July 1)

Will industry be invited to the festival?

Yes. Big Pine is dedicated to providing a strong industry presence each year. Accepted performers will each receive a minimum of one set at a Big Pine Industry Showcase. Please check our industry page to view last year’s attendees.

What if I’m accepted?

Big Pine performers will each receive one industry showcase in-front of Big Pine attending Industry. Performers also receive an additional 1-2 performance opportunities during the fest (based on interest, scheduling and availability). Acceptance includes daily free meals, accommodation discounts, festival swag, and an ALL ACCESS Performer Pass (including entrance to all events).

Set times may vary. Stand Up/Musical Comedy sets range from 5-15 minutes.

Will accommodations be provided?

Big Pine Comedy Festival has secured accommodation discounts at multiple San Diego venues. Selected performers will have the option to select between discounted accommodations or private accommodations. Big Pine has affordable and discounted rooms available for all festival pass holders, and we encourage you to take advantage of these deals.

Do I have to submit clean material?

Absolutely not! We welcome all versions of comedy from clean to down and dirty. However, if you have a clean set of 10 minutes or more, please be sure to check the appropriate box on the submission form as this may result in additional opportunities for stage time.

I already submitted, but have a new video? Can I send you a new link?

Yes. Due to the volume for submissions each year, performers must complete a NEW submission for each new link submitted to our judges.

Best of Fest?

Festival performers are eligible to win one of the coveted Best of Fest awards at the Big Pine Best of Fest ceremony. Big Pine strives to give away as many paid opportunities as possible. Past opportunities include paid time at Stand Up Live (AZ), Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy (AZ), HaHa Comedy Club (CA), Laugh Boston (MA), John Tobin Presents (MA & CT), Laughs Unlimited (CA), Harvey’s (OR), LA Comedy Club (NV), Orpheum Theatre (AZ), The Stand (NY) and a Radio/Media spot with Laugh At Me (AZ). Check out the former Best of Fest Winners here (link).

In 2019 Big Pine Comedy Festival, Inc., launched the Big Pine Road Scholar Program. Each year, one performer will be awarded the Big Pine Road Scholar fund of $1,000.

What are you looking for in video submission?

We want to see funny! A stand-up video should be no less than five minutes in length. Videos should be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo and be marked non-private. Judges need to be able to easily hear and see your act. Please consider the following when submitting a video:

  1. Start with you. Don’t save your best material until the end.
  2. Judges will watch (5) minutes of your stand up video. Only five.
  3. Submission videos with inactive links, expired links, or videos marked to private will be ineligible.
  4. We do not accept “Best of” or “Highlight” reels.
  5. We need to see and hear you. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. As long as we can hear and see you, phone recordings are ok. Please be sure to turn your phone horizontally. Also, be sure whomever is filming you rests the camera on something steady.

I didn't get into the festival. Are there still opportunities for me?

Absolutely! By attending Big Pine you are placing yourselves in the middle of an amazing networking opportunity. During the festival there are MULTIPLE open mic opportunities for ANY comedians in attendance. Additionally, with your submission you receive a FREE Comedian Pass. Your pass will give you access to all festival events including a variety of workshops & seminars, showcases, industry panels, after parties and more! Big Pine is a festival for ALL comedians, not just selected performers. Our production team has worked hard to ensure that Big Pine Comedy Festival is a great opportunity for everyone involved. The opportunities for you in Flagstaff are endless. We hope you will join us.