Charlie Chaplin Film Festival Waterville

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The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival is a four day event is packed with workshops, circus performances, street entertainers, art exhibitions, amusement rides, film competition screenings and pop up improvised comedy.

The village of Waterville, with the patronage of Josephine Chaplin, along with other patrons, friends and local businesses, hold an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival rach year every August.

Waterville, the Kerry seaside village that Charlie Chaplin loved, is holding this festival to honour the life and work of the master comedian and filmmaker, whose legacy remains both relevant and influential to comedy today.

It is an event to showcase the best of Charlie Chaplin and showcase the culture and heritage of Waterville and the Iveragh Peninsula. The festival also incorpates a variety of fringe shows and activities.

There are entries from all parts of the world. The festival has received entries from Egypt, England, Greece, Israel, Croatia, Bulgaria, India, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, & Australia.

There is a film competition for aspiring filmmakers which is a pivotal event in the Festival. The festival accepts:

Live action and animation films.

All forms of comedy film.

Good humour and laugh out loud films.


The ultimate aim is for the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival to quickly become an international fixture that will bring a smile to Kerry, Ireland and the World. Chaplin with his courage and pioneering spirit, brought laughter to millions of people through the medium of film, in very dark times.

The hope is that the film-makers of today will follow in Charlie’s illustrious footsteps by showcasing their comedy films at our festival!

In 2016 at the festival there was a Guinness World record attempt to have the most Charlie Chaplin look-alikes.

It made a spectacular sight, 151 Charlie Chaplin lookalikes walking from the community centre to Fossett’s Big Top on the promenade in Waterville, Co Kerry, where the iconic comic and his wife Oonagh holidayed with their family throughout the 1950s and ’60s.

And even though they didn’t beat the world record of 250 set in Los Angeles, organisers of the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival were happy with the numbers who dressed up as ‘The Tramp’, up 10 from last year’s effort.

Known for their irreverence, integrity, honesty, humour and warmth, as well as their use of social commentary, Charlie Chaplin’s are films that have truly stood the test of time.

The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival aims to reflect the courageous and pioneering spirit of Chaplain’s work through both screenings of his films and a competition for new and aspiring film makers.

The judges for the films will look for entries that, like Chaplin’s films, offer social commentary, try to innovate, and include some kind of pioneering aspect of spirit

The winning entries will each receive an award known as

‘The Charlie’ 

For Further Information And This Years Festival Programme:




Tel: +353 (0)66 947 8818


Address :
Chaplin Film Festival Office,
Co. Kerry,

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