Festival Submission 2024
Submissions for The 9th Annual Red Clay Comedy Festival will open November 6th, 2023 and close January 31, 2024. The festival will take place in Atlanta, GA May 9-11, 2024.
Each comedian selected to perform will receive:
-2-3 showcase shows
-Complimentary lodging at sponsor hotel
-Festival gear (shirt, gift bag…)
-Dinners, stocked artist greenroom(s), plenty to drink (booze and non booze)
-Transportation credits thru Lyft to and from the festival/hotel
-Plenty of parties and more TBA!
-5 minute video of you performing your act***
***TIPS FOR THE BEST VIDEO SUBMISSION:
-Do not send password protected videos (make sure your video can be viewed directly from the link you submit)
-Your video can be up to 5 minutes long
-If the video you send is longer than 5 minutes, we only guarantee the first 5 minutes will be watched/considered
-No need to add a long host intro with their jokes about you or your credits! That counts toward your 5 mins so try to have the video start with your act.
-It could take months for a fest viewer to get to your video so if you have not seen your view count go up in a while...don't worry, we promise it will get watched.
-If you performed in the 2022 Red Clay Comedy Festival, we ask you not to submit as we prefer not to have comics perform back-to-back festivals
SELECTIONS WILL GO OUT ON OR BEFORE APRIL 9th, 2024
A NOTE FROM THE FESTIVAL PRODUCERS RE: PAYING TO SUBMIT TO COMEDY FESTIVALS:
Here are some thoughts on comedy festival submissions, why we charge to submit to Red Clay and why we respect your opinion regardless of how you feel about the idea.
We hate the idea of paying to submit to festivals. For real. It doesn't seem fair and feels like the festival is ripping you off while the producers are getting rich off of hard working comedians. While we can't speak for other festivals, we can tell you that getting rich could not be further from what happens here. In fact to date, Red Clay is in the hole over $12k after 8 years of producing the festival. Why are we telling you that? Just to assure you that we are not just pocketing your submission money. EVERY DIME from submissions, sponsors and ticket sales go into producing the festival. There will never be a Yacht named "SUBMISSION MONEY". But if that day ever does come, you're all invited.
The money that comes in from your submissions mainly goes toward paying industry professionals to watch nearly a hundred hours each of videos while taking notes and narrowing the field and ultimately selecting the performers who will be invited to the festival. IF there is any left over, that money goes toward making the performer experience as fun and rewarding as we can possibly make it.
Speaking of submission viewers, EVERY tape will be watched by comedy industry professionals not associated with the production of Red Clay who are not comedians themselves. The producers of Red Clay do not watch tapes or make any decision on submitted comedians. We do this to ensure a fair assessment, as we ourselves are comedians and don't want to shit where we eat. Our industry professionals include late night TV bookers, comedy club bookers from around the country, talent managers, agents and more. All of which will be watching tapes of comedians they themselves do not have any personal ties or professional dealings with to ensure a fair assessment of tapes to the best of our ability.
If you still don't believe in paying for a festival submission, that is totally fair! We won't talk shit about you for it...