•My co-writer (or co-director) was male. Does that disqualify my movie?
•I wrote, produced, and acted in my movie, but a guy directed it. Can I
still submit to Broad Humor?
•My movie has humorous moments, but is not strictly speaking a "comedy."
Do I still qualify?
•Do you accept documentaries?
•I am a female comic. Can I send a tape of me doing my act?
•Will there be industry representatives at Broad Humor?
•I wrote and produced my own web series. Can I submit them both in the
same year, so I have something in the screenwriter AND filmmaker category?
•What are my chances of getting in to the festival?
•What are the prizes for your festival?
My co-writer (or co-director) was male. Does that disqualify my movie?
Maybe. If your co-writer was a man, your movie can be chosen screen as long as the sole director was a woman. Likewise, if your co-director was male, the sole writer would have to be female to qualify. One of the jobs, either writer or director, must be only a woman or women. The only awards such films it can win are those categories where women and women alone were the creators. Unproduced screenplays can only be submitted if all writers are female.
I wrote, produced, and starred in my movie, but a guy directed it. Can I still submit to Broad Humor?
Yes you can. Your film could be up for writing awards, but not director or best film awards if a guy directed it.
My movie has humorous moments, but is not strictly speaking a "comedy." Do I still qualify?
Absolutely. We love the ways that women create humor. We have found that women prefer to create "blended genres." They are not so black-and-white in their worldview and their movies reflect that richness of vision. If your movie has lots of laughs or plenty of smile moments that are important to the story, then we want to see it.
Do you accept documentaries?
Not only do we accept documentaries, but a good number of our winners in the last four years have been docs. Documentaries are one area of mainstream filmmaking where women have a decent shot at work, so they make up a significant portion of what's out there and we want to showcase it.
I am a female comic. Can I send a tape of me doing my act?
The answer is maybe. If you just set up a camera to record a live performance, then I would say no. But if the way it is shot uses the medium of filmmaking to augment the performance experience, then I say definitely yes.
Will there be industry representatives at Broad Humor?
The whole reason we started this festival was that support for women screenwriters and filmmakers in the mainstream entertainment biz is sadly lacking. And support for comedy by women is exponentially worse. Because of that, although we try to get the doorkeepers to come, we have not yet been successful. Someone is working on putting together some panels and possibly meet-ups again this year. No promises, but we will try. Meanwhile, we can support each other so that we keep working to create an audience for women's comedy that will at some point bring the studios knocking.
I wrote and produced my own web series. Can I submit them both in the same year, so I have something in the screenwriter AND filmmaker categories?
The screenwriting competition is for unproduced scripts only. You are more than welcome submit a film work of a screenplay previously submitted in competition. But if you submit both, you will be asked to choose one or the other. Finalists have often participated as screenwriters in one year; then as a filmmaker with its film incarnation the next.
What are my chances of getting in to the festival?
We are a very inclusive festival and in the past we have accepted as many as 50% of the submissions for the festival. That said, this year's numbers will be affected by how many submissions we get, but your odds are very good compared with other film festivals.
What are the prizes for your festival?
We are a grass-roots festival with some very generous sponsors given our relatively small size. All our prizes are donated, and include software and gift items worth several hundred dollars. That said, we are not about the prizes. In a very real way, the prize is the festival itself.