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The Broad Humor Film Festival

The Broad Humor Film Festival

Contact

9854 National Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 403-2882 (voice)

Web: broadhumor.com
Email: info@broadhumor.com

Contact: Kaat Cleenewerck, Associate Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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Objective

This festival is the first of its kind to put the spotlight on film comedies by women. Its goals are to raise the profile of female-generated humor, to give recognition and support to the women making it, and to be a locus of networking and community building.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

All writing must be done by a woman or women. The screenplays must be submitted in a hard copy in standard industry format. Feature length scripts must be under 120 pages. The genre of all screenplays must be in some way comedic. Cross-genres are welcome so long as humor is a major part of the script.

Our rules now allow for both hard copy and online submissions through withoutabox or pdf attachments for those who submit directly to the festival in all categories except the 10-page screenplay challenge.

Awards

The top five (5) screenplays will be recognized, with awards TBA.

The Broad Humor Film Festival

Contact

9854 National Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 403-2882 (voice)

Web: broadhumor.com
Email: info@broadhumor.com

Contact: Kaat Cleenewerck, Associate Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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The Broad Humor Film Festival

Contact

9854 National Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 403-2882 (voice)

Web: broadhumor.com
Email: info@broadhumor.com

Contact: Kaat Cleenewerck, Associate Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Broad Humor Announces Contest Results

The Broad Humor Film Festival has announced their 2008 Sceenwriting Competition results.

Updated: 07/26/2008

Broad Humor Film Festival Announces Contest Results

The Broad Humor Film Festival has announced their screenwriting award winners.

Updated: 08/31/2007

Local Screenwriter Nancy Raven Smith is accepted to The Broad Humor Festival in Venice, California

Local screenwriter Nancy Raven Smith has been accepted to The Broad Humor Film Festival in Venice, California from August 24-26.

Updated: 08/09/2007

The Broad Humor Film Festival

Contact

9854 National Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 403-2882 (voice)

Web: broadhumor.com
Email: info@broadhumor.com

Contact: Kaat Cleenewerck, Associate Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Nancy Smith

An interview with screenwriter Nancy Smith regarding the Broad Humor Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "HORSING AROUND" Romantic Comedy Screenplay winner - 2007

When a bookish professor impulsively marries an equestrian who loves her horse, he neglects to tell her he's afraid of animals. When they move to a rundown farm, he's forced to deal with her horse, her ex-boyfriend and his own worst fears or risk losing her.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered this contest because the screenplay categories were appealing. Usually all comedy is lumped into one category. At Broad Humor there were several comedy screenplay categories.

About the same time as the Broad Humor Contest, I entered the Women In Film Mentor Program. I was fortunate to have Sara Parriott Graham named as my Mentor. Sara and her partner, Josann McGibbon, did "RUNAWAY BRIDE," "THE STARTER WIFE," among others and are currently working on "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES." After meeting with Sara, we decided it would be a good plan to write the book I had planned which covered the same material as "HORSING AROUND" and market it first. Both projects are based on my husband's and my early life on a horse farm. So I set the screenplay aside for the moment and have been working on the nonfiction book.

I have entered other screenplays in other competitions and been fortunate to do well.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Broad Humor is run by excellent people who understand event management and the film business. They met and exceeded all commitments. At the time, they added in a reading of scenes from the top scripts and it was very informative and a nice bonus to hear your words read aloud by actors.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: It took me about a year to write the script. I don't do what I call a hard outline. I know the end, the act breaks and the characters, but I try to leave room for the characters to surprise me. Consequently my writing has been called quirky. I kind of like that. But I probably write a few more drafts than others.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I'm a believer and user of Final Draft. I tried another software first and I spent all my time trying to figure it out instead of writing. I won Final Draft as one of the screenwriting prizes at Slamdance and have used it ever since. It was easy and intuitive to understand.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I write a couple hours minimum almost every day. I tend to do all the things necessary in the non-writing part of my life (errands, groceries, etc.) in the morning and early afternoon. Then I sit down to write without having to think about all the things I would have to do later. If I want to write until 2AM, I'm free to do so. It also helps that my husband teaches in the evenings, so I have quiet time then.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: When my project isn't moving forward consecutively, I'll skip forward and write a scene out of context.

If I'm really stuck, I go back and look at the underpinnings of what I'm doing because there can be a fault there that blocks the forward flow.

Usually when my mind's relaxed, the answer to problems pop up.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have written quite a few screenplays. There's only about 6-7 that I'll let out the door now though.

My early background is in horse sport event management, newspaper and magazine articles, and equestrian competition. In Los Angeles, I worked mostly as a production assistant and production coordinator on film and TV projects.

I studied screenwriting at UCLA Extension. I've done seminars and classes on screenwriting at The Writers Guild, Paley Center for Media, Women in Film and AFI.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Live in Los Angeles and I did move here specifically to work in Film and TV.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm currently finishing the nonfiction book. I just finished putting up my first website - www.nancyravensmith.com

As for screenplays, I have several ideas waiting for me to finish the book and begin. My next project will definitely be a script. I have some serious recent interest in one of my other screenplays, so my fingers are crossed for it.

Posted Saturday, November 13, 2010