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 2017, Broad Humor recognized 50% of the screenplay submissions, and 1 in 4 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 14th Annual Broad Humor Film Festival begins accepting submissions on January 15, 2019. 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 20 minutes TRT
- long shorts: 21-30 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 sole 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
  • Great Festival, very supportive! The organizers were thoughtful and created a great atmosphere.

    December 2019
  • Angie Powers

    I LOVED THIS FESTIVAL! So grateful to this community and really enjoyed all of the other films, the filmmaker get togethers. I will super apply again!!

    October 2019
  • Vickie Rose Sampson

    Broad Humor is a great festival for women! I have been a part of this festival for many years and it is consistently welcoming, supportive and a fantastic place for networking, camaraderie and celebration. Michelle Clay is a great programmer and is the visionary of this festival. I HIGHLY recommend this festival!

    October 2019
  • Julie Sharbutt

    I love this festival so much! The organizers are kind and enthusiastic, the community is supportive, and the filmmakers are talented, open, unique, and of course very funny. I highly recommend this festival, particularly for filmmakers in the LA area!

    September 2019
  • Maybe it's because all the filmmakers were women, but this was truly one of the warmest festivals I've been too. Especially for Los Angeles! The moment you walk in, it feels like family. No one amongst the organizers or the filmmakers is pretentious or stuck up. And I was surprised to find out that of all the L.A. festivals I've been in, this was the one where people who could actually help me accomplish the next steps in my career ended up seeing my film and loving it!

    September 2019