Chaplin Film Festival

The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival was founded in 2011 by Josephine Chaplin and other collaborators to honor the life and work of this great filmmaker and comedy pioneer.

Film festivals are events and reward ceremonies that establish film professionals’ reputation. The film industry meet at film festivals to mediate business and art. The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival honors Charlie Chaplin’s pioneering spirit as a social change advocate and great filmmaker.

The festival takes place

every year in August. In 2019, it took place from 23rd to 25th August. In 2020, the festival was scheduled to take place in the beautiful Waterville village located in Ireland’s South West area, on the Ring of Kerry.

Although Waterville was ready to give festival visitors a warm welcome, the event didn’t occur due to the COVID-19 issue.

The film festival usually includes a vast range of entertainment events, workshops, screenings, and Chaplin-themed street entertainment. The latter is usually fun, providing endless entertainment and lots of laughter.

The Chaplin Film Festival also includes a well-established film competition whose winners are announced over the weekend of the event. Details about the film competition and related submissions are available here.

The film festival occurs over

four days for endless fun. The comedy event usually features workshops, a lookalike contest, screenings, a parade, and street entertainment.

As mentioned before, the festival honors Charlie Chaplin’s spirit as a pioneer social change advocate and a successful filmmaker. Charlie Chaplin often visited Waterville with his children and wife, Oona, for several years.

According to his family members, Waterville allowed him to experience tranquility in a haven where he enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed anonymity when it came to spending quality time with family outdoors.

The festival receives visitors in thousands every year. Some activities to expect at the event include:

  • All kinds of comedy film
  • Animation and live action films
  • Documentaries
  • Good humor and funny loud films
  • English sub-titles as required
  • In the social and comedy commentary sections; anyone enters a film of up to 15 minutes.

Chaplin Film Festival prides

 in the quality of its range of programs and comedy styles that have been screened. The best film has the ability to make an audience smile or laugh. Therefore, we’re among Europe’s most competitive comedy short film festivals.

We’ve screened films for festivals from BAFTA nominated film and several award winners to simple, homemade films. They warm our audience and greatly amuse them.

We welcome writers to submit short film scripts. We pride in the quality of our programs. Selected filmmakers, in this case, Charlie Chaplin, are honored because they usually attend the festival’s best screenings every year.

Moreover, it occurs when the world celebrates its largest art and culture festival. Blackmagic Design has always sponsored the festival. On the other hand, the festival formula for final draft donates amazing and fantastic prizes for winning films in every category of our awards section.

We create the perfect comedy environment for our audience at the festival. We showcase world class comedy films to entertain guests at the event. We also integrate stand-up comedy, live music performances, and Shart Lager with our comedy films for lots of entertainment over the four days.

The Chaplin Film Festival is a social festival celebrated worldwide. Visitors take their time to relax and have fun. The festival is a time to forget about divisive politics, economic recessions and global warming, among other issues in life. Guests simply get entertained!

Laugh yourself sick in the midst of a tsunami of hilarious comedy honoring great international comedy filmmakers. We honor Charlie Chaplin. The filmmakers also get a chance to showcase their work amidst other world class comedy films.

Our audience is in for a raucous, funny, well-planned and energetic event. They come ready for endless laughter as they celebrate the fine art of making comedy. After all, laughter is the key to happiness and a longer life.

Mission and Vision


The mission of the Chaplin Film Festival is to honor Charlie Chaplin’s life and work as a great filmmaker. We also want to bring laughter and smiles into the lives of the residents of Waterville.


Our vision is to become a leading international film festival that’s celebrated worldwide. We strive to reach millions worldwide with great films and comedy by great filmmakers from around the world.


The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival was founded in 2011 by Josephine Chaplin and other collaborators to honor the life and work of this great filmmaker and comedy pioneer. The event is celebrated annually in August at Waterville in Ireland where Chaplin enjoyed most of his summer holidays with his family. The event showcases the great works of Chaplin and other leading filmmakers from around the world. The festival also showcases live music performances, live stand-up comedy shows, dances and street performances, films and movies, among other great film productions. Although the festival is barely a decade old, it strives to quickly become a leading film festival worldwide. The Chaplin Film Festival is all about making people laugh and have good times.