ANNUAL BROAD HUMOR FILM FESTIVAL
September 30-October 2, 2011
at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California
The Broad Humor Film Festival supports funny female
filmmakers with a variety of events packed into one short weekend.
Some of these events are typical of film festivals: screenings,
discussions, awards and parties. Some of the events are
unique to this festival.
All too often, writers, who craft the stories everyone
else in the filmmking process depends upon, are themselves marginalized
at festival events. We created the Broadsides Lab to give
them a turn for their work to enjoy the spotlight. We invite all
the screenplay finalists to submit a scene which we then cast
and have professional actors read for them and an invited audience.
Once a filmmaker has been a part of our festival,
we want to continue to support them in their craft. So we
created the Legacy Project to give them a venue to use as their
own. In the annual Invitational, any writer or filmmaker
who has been a part of the festival can make a short film that
fits the year's 3 rules and be guaranteed a screening during our
Legacy Showcase. In addition, we screen a feature film of
an alumna to give their work an added boost in our Legacy Feature
Although Broad Humor gives out awards, our focus
is on the festival being the prize. Our main reason for
having an awards program is the benefit that winning these awards
confers on the filmmakers and their projects, giving their work
a greater chance of success in the wider world; our energies and
resources are concentrated, however, less on the prizes and more
on making sure that the event is a win for all.
WHY THIS FESTIVAL
||The creation of Broad Humor was triggered by
an article in the Writers Guild magazine in which no woman
made it into the finals of a Guild competition with blind
submissions. Pretty clear evidence that women are not
funny. Or is it?