Performer FAQ

What? Where? So exciting!

SheDot Festival is held every year in downtown Toronto, Canada near the end of April/beginning of May.

What are the 2017 SheDot festival dates?

May 4-7, 2017

What kind of comedy may be submitted to the festival?

This year we are changing things up a bit and will be accepting submissions for STAND UP ONLY. Based on 4 years of experience of planning and executing 3 festivals, we have decided to focus our attention on an ever-growing interest in the stand up category.

We still adore all forms of comedy, and SheDot plans to honour those other areas in unique and exciting ways.

When do submissions open?

Submissions for SheDot Festival 2017 will be from December 2nd, 2016 until January 8th, 2017.

What are the submission fees and cut off dates?

Submissions open December 2nd, 2016 - Noon EST.

Early bird submission rate: $20  December 2nd  – December  21st, 2016.

Regular submission rate: $30  December 22nd  – January 2nd, 2017

Get your sh*t together rate: $40 January 3rd  – January 8th, 2017

Submissions close midnight EST January 8th, 2017. Seriously.  No late submissions will be accepted.

We’ll begin selection announcements in early March, 2017.

Can I just mail/tweet/Facebook you my stuff?

Nooooooooo!  Submissions sent via email or social media will not be viewed.  You must go through the submissions process.

Same deal with headshots.  They must be submitted through submission forms.  DO NOT email photo files.

If I know someone running the festival, can I just email/Facebook message them my submission?

We know you know this one but doing our due dilligence. Nnnnno00000. Yes with five n’s.  Submissions go to jury so by reaching out to the one person you know, you’re wasting your time and theirs. Harsh! We know. Let’s save our networking and conversing for the actual festival. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend and that’s where all the good times and shmoozing will be happening.  Plus, our intention is to make this a pure what-you-got-not-who-you-know show.

Can I mail my submission to a physical address?

No. If we had office space in Toronto your submission fee would be $800 so we’re saying no. Internet only. Details on how to submit will be under the submit button on the home page when the time comes.

What are the categories about?

On the submission forms you will be given a selection of show types you would like to be considered for. Give each category a good thinking over and don’t submit if it’s not one of your strengths. Your chances for being chosen will not increase by the number of boxes you check.  The jury will make a decision based on the tape you submit. If you choose “Clean/Corporate” as one of your strengths and your submission clip does not reflect that, you may be asked to submit a clip that does.

What information will I need to submit for my act to be considered?

Form filled out completely including a short bio. Payment submitted. Video & headshot uploaded.

I didn't get chosen or just completely missed the submission cut off... what do I do?

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. We are not going anywhere and expect next year to include some serious growth. While you’re thinking about it though, here are a few things to have ready by fall when submissions open for the next SheDot Festival.

Get a great set on video. Record a bunch and pick the best. Sending us a clip that we’ve seen isn’t the best strategy.  We want to see that you’re in the game and working hard to grow as a performer. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…make sure we can hear/see/understand you. Since one of the criteria for the judges is “audience response”, submitting a clip where you are alone in a room puts you at a disadvantage.

Make sure you either have a PayPal account or know how to use PayPal without an account. It’s relatively simple and the most secure way to process submission fees.  Some transactions take some time to process, days in fact, so don’t leave it until the last day.  Once submissions close, they are closed.  Plus, the earlier you have all your ducks in order, the lower the submission fee.

We look forward to seeing your stuff next year. Don’t forget to check out the workshops once we post them and also the panels that we are building right now. Some great conversations have been started with some heavy hitters in this town. People you would want to get face time with even if you aren’t from Canada. Don’t miss out. Everyone is welcome.

I don't live in Canada. How do I process the submissions fee?

Good news is that we use the secure service PayPal to process your submission fees.  Our only hitch is that due to those darn borders, all US and International submission fees must be processed with a credit card.

If you are without a credit card and have a friend or relative covering the credit card transaction for you, please let us know in the space provided on the form so we can make sure your fee matches your submission.  And say thanks to them on our behalf for helping you out.

What are the venues I'll be performing in?

Our primary venue is again Comedy Bar, though we will be adding other venues. Watch this space for updates!

How long should my submission video be?

Five to seven minutes of unedited video for stand up. (By “unedited” we mean one uninterrupted clip, not a ‘best of’ reel.) Come submission time, you will be asked to send us a link to your video that has been posted online. From there it goes to jury.

Please note: If you are wanting to show a  clip from a longer show, please respect the time of our jurors and edit the video clip that you wish for them to view.  Long clips will only be viewed for the duration of the required time.  Simply put, a twenty minute video where your good stuff is at the end will blow it for you.

Also, a video where you are hard to see and/or hear doesn’t show the jury anything in the end. Take the time to check the sound, lighting and try your best not to park your camera next to hammered loud audience member who got comped in and has no interest in anything but the pint special. We’re not kidding…. it happens. We’re so excited to see you! Show us your best.

What are the SheDot Festival producers looking for?

Funny, positive, collaborative, enthusiastic women who want to join with us to build something great and sustainable. We are foremost, a group of fellow female comedians who are excited to celebrate how kick ass we all are and to show the rest of the world just that. And we are proud to do it in the exciting, comedy rich city that is Toronto.

Who hosts the shows?

The hosts are professional, seasoned performers and are hand-picked by the producers. The hosts are NOT taken from the pool of submissions and are selected before the submission process begins.

How do you pick who's on the panels?

Great question! Partly by asking everyone who submits to SheDot Festival who they would like to get close to and ask questions of. Partly by paying close attention to what is needed in this community. Panels in our first year, panels in previous years, we have been nurturing relationships and networking like crazy so that we can put together exciting and valuable gatherings for everyone in the industry to enjoy.

Again this year panels will be free of charge and open to anyone and everyone who wants to attend.

Will you be accepting submissions for workshops?

Going forward, we will be curating our workshops to fit the festival each year.  Feel free to reach out any time if you have a workshop that you would like to be considered for an upcoming festival.

Do you pay your performers?

With love, yes. With money, no. We do our best between now and festival time to secure as many perks as we can to make this a really great experience.

Why do you have two Facebook pages?

We have created a public Facebook page for everyone who wants to follow along and keep up to date on all things SheDot.  We would love for you to invite your world to “Like” that page so everyone knows that we are happening. This page will continue year to year so “Like“ us once and you will “Like“ us forever.  #commitment

The reason we have a second page is for the performers to network and make plans as well as for us to be able to communicate things the performers might need to know as they happen.  If you are not scheduled to perform on the SheDot Festival, you will be unable to access this page.

Note: A new performer’s page will be created each year once submission process and jury selection is complete.

When is my application considered complete?

The final step in the submission process is the PayPal payment so until you get to that point, you can make any changes you like.  Please note though, your information will not be saved if you navigate away from the page.

Give it some thought as the submission fee is non-refundable and also keep your eyes on the dates because the closer it is to the festival, the higher the submission fee is.

How do I know if you have received my submission?

Once you complete all the steps on the submissions page and submit your payment, you will see a confirmation page from PayPal that your payment has been processed. Once submissions close and we’ve had some time to get the jury process underway, communications will come through email so make sure you have subscribed in the Stage Door area. We don’t want to disappear into your spam folder and have you think that we forgot about you.

Consider your PayPal receipt confirmation of your submission and remember to keep your PayPal receipt for tax time.

Can I make any changes after I've submitted my application?

Once you’ve submitted your application, it is considered final and you will no longer be able to make any changes.

If you are accepted to SheDot, you’ll be able to update your information, bio, and photo then if absolutely necessary. If it’s something minor, just send us an email with the specifics of what you would like changed and we’ll do our best to make it happen. If you‘ve changed your name between submission time and festival time, we will wonder why you are taking time to plan a wedding and not your set list. Priorities!

When will I find out if I've been chosen or not?

Usually near the beginning of March. Watch for date announcements.

What is the schedule and when will it be made public?

We will roll out the schedule to the public in March. As acts are secured and scheduled, we will be announcing on social media so that our public and your public can get excited. For this reason it’s important to provide your Twitter handle so we can include you in these announcements.

As with any festival, the schedule is subject to change at the sole discretion of the festival producers.

Will you be looking for corporate sponsorship?

Yes, absolutely! If you are a company or know of one that would be a good fit for us, please reach out.  We have sponsorship packages available upon request.

Will there be shows in other languages?

At this time there are no plans to do any shows other than in English even though Canada has two official languages.  At any time during the festival you wish to converse in sexy french with any of our citizens, please do so and we will support you fully.

I'm from out of town, where do I stay?

SheDot will set up a private Facebook group so those participating in the festival can network and help each other out. Watch for that invite as it is a closed group. Ride-sharing, accommodation sharing, billeting, adventurous brunches, sightseeing. We ask that all festival related questions still come to us at but anything you could talk to a buddy about, use this Facebook group. We want you to leave this festival with friends so consider this online space a bit of a launch party.

As soon as we’re set up we’ll let you know on social media.