What We're All About in 2013
As we enter our 8th year, we are continuing the changes we made last year. Starting last year, we began to allow films directed by women but written by or with men as we well as films written by women but directed by men. The awards only went for categories where women were the sole creators, however, and that will remain the same. So, for example, a film directed by a man but written by a woman could receive the Best Screenplay (produced) award but not Best Director.
This year we're opening up our Invitational Challenges to all participants, not just alumnae of the festival. However, as we promised, the short film invitational will still be fee-free for past participants so long as they receive a code by contacting us prior to submission.
There will be 2 invitational challenges this year: one for a short film and the other for 10 pages of a screenplay.
BECHDEL TEST CHALLENGE: The 2013 competition invites filmmakers to submit short films under 5:00 TRT that pass the so-called Bechdel Test, a "test" that was part of comic Alison Bechdel's standup routine and which caught on because, simple and minimal as they seem, many films fail at least one of the three.
1. The film must have at least 2 female characters with names who...
2. share a scene where they talk to each other ...
3. ..about something other than men.
GOLDILOCKS AND THE 10 PAGES
2013 SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE
For our first screenplay challenge we are asking screenwriters to submit a 10-page comedic script for an updated revision of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We are not looking for a children's script necessarily, but rather a new take on an old and familiar tale.
The ten pages may present an entire tale or could be the first ten pages of a feature film. In either case, page 1 should be the opening of the film.
All submissions must be hard copy submissions mailed to the Broad Humor FF, 9854 National Blvd. #166, Los Angeles, CA 90034. The title page of the script must not have the author's name nor should the writer's name appear anywhere else in the script.
All deadlines are postmark deadlines.