The Fourth Annual Broad Humor Film Festival, three days of funny films written and directed by women, is scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 12th through 14th, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.

This year’s program includes feature film screenings, shorts programs, panels on screenwriting, editing, and lighting design, and parties for participants.

“The films are full of heart, unlike most festivals where what you get is a lot of head,” says founder and executive director Susan diRende.

The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 12th, with refreshments and a live performance at 7 p.m. by the Quarterly Report featuring the comic writing of LA area performers.

This year’s program includes two features that take an affectionate and funny look at teenagers. Going on 13 follows four girls in the Bay area as they negotiate the end of childhood. The mockumentary Your Name Here… tells a story of two boys starting a band with a wacky posse of adult musicians.

Coma Girl, about a determined underachiever, demonstrates that it’s not only the male comics who can play a loveable shlub. And then there’s the festival’s late night creature feature, Attack of the Yeti Hand!

The festival also hosts panels and workshops. Cinematographer Cherri Stoute will conduct a panel on simple but effective ways to give a film a more polished look.

Laura Shapiro (The First Time I Got Paid for It) talks with script consultant and blogger Julie Gray of Rouge Wave and the Script Department about writing, Hollywood, women and comedy.

A panel of top women editors including Maysie Hoy (Meet the Browns), Melissa Kent (Four Christmases), Anita Brandt Burgoyne (Legally Blonde), and Michelle Clay (Life on a Leash) discuss comic timing and the fact that good editing can make the difference between a guffaw and a groan. The panel is moderated by Mary Ann Skweres.

Legacy screenings this year include a production of an award-winning script from the 2008 Broad Humor Festival and a recognition of one of the founders of the very first Broad Humor production on stage over ten years ago. Janice Kennedy’s, The Dark, has been made into a movie starring Jodi Nelson and Julian Stone titled Man. Woman Blackbird. These shorts will screen at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14th prior to the awards at the closing ceremonies.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door on the day of the event.

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