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
  • Laurel Vail

    I had a great time at this festival. There were so many great women there and it was nice to have that time to chat with other women in the industry. Plus it's a comedy fest, so the films and series are a good time. They also held a writers' brunch with a special guest who had a lot of insight into pitching. Also the swag bag was very unique.

    December 2018
  • Alison Loeb

    Great idea, fun festival -- thank you for showing our first film, "My Head." We hope to meet you and all the Broads some day.

    October 2018
  • Shara Zeiger

    I didn't get a chance to attend this fest, but the people who run it are fantastic and make an effort to communicate well whether you can be there or not. I heard such fun thing from those that did attend.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind words. We really hope you can make it next time! Cheers - THE BROADS

  • Ana de Lara

    I love what the Broad Humor Film Festival stands for. I appreciate the opportunities they provide for female comedic voices and all the hard work and thoughtfulness they provide to put on such a unique festival. I was so happy to have my film selected in their 2018 program and thrilled to win the Best Director Award. I sadly could not go but two of my actors did and they had a blast! Communications were warm, welcoming, fun, and full of love. If you are a female writer and/or director, I highly recommend submitting your comedic work here. Thank you Broad Humor FF Team!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were delighted to have your fantastic film at Broad Humor!

  • Aviva Dove-Viebahn

    Wonderful festival with dedicated, hardworking women at the helm. It was small enough to feel very welcoming and not overwhelming for a first-time finalist, but also provided a platform for many great films and good networking opportunities.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind words. It was great having you!