The Broad Humor Film Festival features funny films written by and directed by women. Broad Humor's screenplay competition supports women screenwriters with feature and short categories. The Broad Humor Film Festival honors women who craft stories on film that put a grin on your face or a chuckle in your belly.


The BROAD HUMOR FILM FESTIVAL aims to honor Female Creators of Content. Begun in 2006, Broad Humor was named in 2013 one of the top five festivals for women by MovieMaker magazine. This niche film festival dedicated to comedic films written and directed by women highlights all the ways that women make other women and men laugh and to celebrate their power to do so. Projects submitted with exclusively male writers or directors will be disqualified without refund.

In 2016, Broad Humor recognized 50% of the screenplay submissions, and 1 in 3 films submissions were screened during our 4- day event. We STRONGLY encourage women directors with feature films to submit their work. We Know you are out there! Send us your funny films.

Finalist screenwriters in attendance are treated to a stage reading by up to a dozen professional stage and film actors from the Los Angeles Area. Excerpts of their work are read before a live (Typically SOLD OUT) audience.

The subject matter of films and screenplays featured in the festival, if not strictly speaking a comedy, must include a healthy dose of humor. We are interested in showcasing all types of funny female voices. We strongly encourage female filmmakers and screenwriters of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds to submit their humorous works. Submissions make up 95% of the programming.

The judging takes into account both the quality of the finished film, the strength of the filmmaker's vision, and puts value on taking risks in style and narrative. A broad farce that only hits in places or a nonlinear absurdist experiment might be selected over a more traditional sitcom style short that is good but unexceptional.


Awards ceremony always takes place immediately following the Staged readings, and before the closing night party. Winners will receive software prizes from Write Brothers, makers of Movie Magic and Dramatica screenwriting software. Cash Prizes TBA.

In Addition Every Program includes a raffle giveaway preceding the event.

The 13th Annual Broad Humor Film Festival begins accepting submissions on January 15, 2018. Submitted works must be comedic films or screenplays written and/or directed by a woman. Works need not be strictly speaking "comedies" so long as they include a healthy dose of humor.

This is a festival for women creators. Either the writing or directing of the film MUST BE EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE. Films written by women but directed by men (or co-directed with men) are only eligible for writing awards. Best Film awards will go to films directed exclusively and entirely by women.

The judging takes into account both the quality of the finished film, the strength of the filmmaker's vision, and puts value on taking risks in style and narrative. A broad farce that only hits in places or a nonlinear absurdist experiment might be selected



FilmFreeway online screeners is the preferred method of film submissions for those using the online service.

- short films: under 30 minutes TRT
- feature films: up to 120 minutes TRT

Feature and short screenplays: pdf in standard industry format uploaded to FilmFreeway or emailed to

- short scripts: under 35 pages
- pilots & web sereis scripts: under 45 pages
- feature scripts: between 75 and 115 pages

If your film or script does not fit the pages/TRT requirements, you may contact the festival to see if it is possible to make special arrangements.


Press kit information will be requested upon acceptance to the festival. Timely receipt within two weeks of notification is required for participation in the festival.

Submitted materials will not be returned.


All deadlines are are for completed submissions and must include payment of the appropriate fee.

PLEASE NOTE: As with all submissions to Broad Humor, a woman must either be the sole writer or director. On film submissions, men can serve EITHER as director or writer. However, if a male is a collaborator in both or either categories, the film will be either disqualified, or screened "out of competition". On screenplay submissions, only scripts for which ALL WRITERS ARE FEMALE will be considered. A male writer or co-writer WILL disqualify the submission.

Overall Rating
  • Michelle Gritzer

    Really nice group of people. The hospitality was awesome. I especially enjoyed the broads brunch and lecture. Am very glad I had the opportunity to attend.

    September 2017
  • Andrea Holz

    This is a festival with real heart. They are spirited, and passionate bunch who are dedicated to empowering women. They have truly inspired me. I feel so honoured to have be amongst such talented writers, actors, and filmmakers. The organizers are truly dedicated to helping each particpant grow as an artist.

    September 2017
  • Maggie Franks

    These women are fabulous, fun, hardworking, organized and funny. I went to the festival during Labor Day Weekend with hesitation. But other female writer and filmmaker pals of mine said it's a great festival. And they were right! Thanks to all the hardworking broads!

    September 2017
  • Sarah McLean

    Broad Humor Fest was such a blast. It exceeded my expectations for a smaller film festival. The quality of shorts was incredible and more importantly the ladies who's films were shown were fantastic human beings. I would definitely suggest this fest as a way to meet and network with established and up and coming talent, be it writers, directors and/or actors.

    September 2017
  • Karen Frances

    I am so grateful to have attended The Broad Humor Film Festival 2017 with "Kit". The ladies running this festival are superheroes- they created such a welcoming atmosphere. It was a weekend packed with hilarious films and kind, supportive people. I was so impressed with the program, including the features. It was worth traveling across the country for and I'd recommend it for any woman director/writer with a great comedy film.

    September 2017