One of the few festival's entirely dedicated to comedy in all its different colours and flavours. The festival was founded by Mario Monicelli and Ezio Greggio in 2001, in order to highlight a genre that is often forgotten in other film events.
Previous editions Jury Presidents include Emir Kusturica, Claude Lelouch, John Landis, Michael Radford, Gabriele Muccino, Vittorio Storaro. Monte-Carlo Film Festival delivered " Comedy Awards" to Filmmakers, Actors and Films in competition as well as "Career Awards" and "Legend Awards" that in the past years have been handed out to John Landis, Costa Gavras, Monica Bellucci, Emir Kusturica, Trevis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, Giancarlo Giannini, Peter Bogdanovich, Checco Zalone, Salvatore Esposito, Michael Madsen, Edoardo Leo, Paolo Genovese, Sandra Milo, Gabriele Muccino, Michael Radford, Gabriele Salvatores, Billy Zane, Claude Brasseur, Leslie Nielsen, Lina Wertmuller, Robert Hossein, Paul Belmondo, Dante Ferretti e Francesca Lo Schiavo, Michel Legrand, Ursula Andress, Louis Bacalov, Mylene Demongeot, Cécile Cassel, Vittorio Storaro, Omar Sharif, Gigi Proietti, Christopher Bucholz, Claude Zidi, Michelle Mercier, Pierre Richard, Carlo Verdone, Evelyne Bouix, Bud Spencer, Jean Claude Brialy, Jean Loup Hubert, Ettore Scola, Florinda Bolkan, Pupi Avati, Arthur Joffé, Micheline Presle, Alberto Sordi, Edourd Molinaro, Nino Manfredi, Gina Lollobrigida, Jean Sorel, Delphine Chaneac, Catherine Jacobe, Mario Monicelli, Claude Lelouch, Cristian De Sica, Robert Davi and hundreds more.
All our editions present a main feature-lenght competition, out of competition premieres, master classes, press conferences, round tables and Award Ceremony Gala Event which is held in front of 2.000 guests at the most prestigious location of the Monaco Principality with live tv shooting: the Grimaldi Forum.
In 2020 we introduced a new competiton: "The Monte-Carlo Short Comedy Award", assigned by a qualified international Jury.
Best Short Film