The 32nd Melbourne International Comedy Festival ran from Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 22 April 2018.
The 2019 Festival will take place from Wednesday 27 March to Sunday 21 April 2019.
REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER 2018.
Overseas Artist Expressions of Interest for 2019 are now open.
Overseas artists wishing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival should complete and submit an expression of interest. Form can be downloaded here. For enquiries regarding the application please contact the Festival office on (03) 9245 3700 or email@example.com. For more information regarding the overseas artist registration process please click here.
Festival Managed Venue (FMV) Expressions of Interest are now open.
If you are interested in performing in a Festival Managed Venue (FMV) in the 2019 Festival please complete and submit an expression of interest. EOIs can be completed online here. For enquiries regarding applications please contact the Festival office on (03) 9245 3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please review the guide to FMV applications here and click here.
2019 Participant Registrations will open in October 2018.
2018 season shows can click here to visit the 2018 Festival registrations site to manage your listing and registration.
For more information on the registration process contact the Festival office on (03) 9245 3700 or email@example.com.
REGISTRATIONS | OVERSEAS ARTISTS | FESTIVAL MANAGED VENUES | FOR VENUES
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an open access festival for all citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. Overseas artists or their producers should submit an Expression Of Interest to the Festival Director.
No, not if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
Apart from write and perform your show, you will also need to produce your show (or hire a producer). The Festival doesn’t produce local artists however we do produce the special events of the Festival – The Gala, The Great Debate, Festival Club etc, and some overseas artists.
Producing a show involves everything from organising venue hire, marketing and publicity, travel and accommodation, sourcing props and equipment, budgeting, ticketing, obtaining insurance and licences and much more. As part of your registration, the Festival provides information packs and workshops to assist you, but it is up to you to make it happen. We have helpful podcasts available to provide information on publicity, marketing and production that can help to answers your questions.
Registrations for the 2019 Festival will open in October 2018.
There are three parts to registering a show:
• Fill out the online registration information
• Pay the registration fee
• Sign and submit the ‘Conditions of Participation’ documentation
To register a show you will need to provide the following information;
• Show title and copy
• Good quality show image
• Venue, dates and times
• Ticket prices and booking information
• Producer & Publicist contact details
The 2018 cost for AUS or NZ performers presenting an event or show with a max. of 2 performances was $375 AUD;
The 2018 cost for AUS or NZ performers presenting an event or show with more than 2 performances was $525 AUD;
and for International artists was $685 AUD.
2019 prices will be released soon.
As a registered show you will be listed in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Program Guide, usually launched in mid to late February and inserted into an edition of a major Melbourne metropolitan newspaper. You will also have a show page with links for online ticket purchases on our website during the Festival. You will have access to resource guides and handbooks as well as regular information sessions provided by the Festival to assist you in producing your show. The Festival also negotiates discounted advertising rates and special offers with photographers and graphic designers. Your registration fee also goes towards the general marketing of the Festival as a whole.
No there isn’t, however some venues are licensed and cannot permit under 18’s on the premises. You’d need to take this into account not just for yourself as a performer, but also your potential audience. Entering the Festival is also a serious financial commitment that should not be undertaken lightly.
Performers not ready to present a full show might think about a more modest start in comedy with:
More information about these competitions can be found on their websites.
To be approved as an overseas artist, you need to submit an Expression of Interest to the Festival Director.
Expressions of Interest for the 2019 Festival are now open.
Please click here to download an EOI Form.
As above, submit information about yourself and your show. Particularly important is information about any upcoming performances, as the Festival is highly unlikely to produce an artist the Director has not seen live.
Firstly you will still need to be approved to register in the Festival (see above). There are other producers and promoters who present overseas artists in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. If you have a producer they will most likely liaise with the Festival on your behalf to obtain approval for you to register. If you chose to be self-produced, you will need to submit the information outlined above.
If self-produced, you will be responsible for organising (and paying for) all aspects of your show yourself including your own travel, accommodation, appropriate visas as well as finding a venue, organising ticket sales, marketing and publicising your show.
There are a number of visa options available and we recommend checking with the Australian Immigration Department or your local embassy to work out which is most suitable for your circumstances.
For further information regarding this service and the process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the name suggests, the Festival hires, fits out and staffs several venues within the Melbourne CBD, including the Melbourne Town Hall, Max Watt’s, Trades Hall, Victoria Hotel, the Chinese Museum, the Greek Centre and the Forum among others. If you apply and are accepted in an FMV, you will be provided with a venue fully equipped with sound, lighting, staging and seating. You will also be provided with a technical stage manager, front of house and box office staff. You will be responsible for all creative aspects of your show as well as all marketing and publicity.
To apply to perform in a Festival Managed Venue (FMV) you need to complete a separate application form to the registration site.
Applications for the 2019 FMV program are open and can be submitted via the online form here.
If you have queries about this process you can contact our office on (03) 9245 3700.
Please note: If you have applied to perform in a Festival Managed Venue, you are still required to register your show.
You do not have to perform in a Festival Managed Venue to be part of the Comedy Festival. Many shows are performed in independent venues from large theatres to council & community spaces to smaller venues such as bars, pubs and clubs. These offer a variety of spaces and hire arrangements at different prices, so there’s something to suit everyone. The Festival maintains a database of venues that have previously hosted Comedy Festival shows, as well as any venues that have expressed an interest in doing so. The database is a good start in your venue search but is not exhaustive – any venue is a potential Comedy Festival venue.
The Festival maintains a database of all interested, potential venues. This database is accessible to producers interested in registering a show in the Festival. The individual show producers will select venues to contact from this database according to their needs. Location, capacity and availability will determine which venues they approach for further information. If producers are interested in performing their show in a particular venue they will negotiate the hire agreement directly with that venue. Venues are expected to agree to ‘Terms and Conditions’ for participating in the Festival. The producer(s) of the shows in your venue will provide this document for you to sign as part of their show registration process.
To express interest in being a Comedy Festival venue, please fill in the form here and we will add you to our database. In October 2018 we will contact all venues in our database to confirm their details and their availability during the 2019 Festival. Producers will be searching for venues in October and November and must have their venue locked in before registrations close in late November.
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