The Sixth Annual Broad Humor Film Festival, billed as one of the only Los Angeles area film festivals dedicated to woman-created humor, will take place Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.
“When we started the festival, there wasn’t a lot of recognition for women who wrote and directed comedic films,” founder and festival director Susan diRende said. “We wanted to turn the spotlight on them. Now the entertainment industry is starting to catch up and see that women are indeed capable of making audiences laugh.”
Among the features of the festival are live comedic performances. This year’s festival will kick off Thursday, Sept. 29, with a lineup of female comics live on stage including Laurie Kilmartin (a top 10 finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), Erin Foley, Lisa Landry, Jessi Campbell and Aparna Nancherla.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
On Friday, Sept. 30, workshops will be offered for aspiring and experienced filmmakers who want to develop their career on the web. Participants include the Producers Guild, Funny Or Die, GreenhouseStudios, and Media Services. The full day of workshops is offered at $50, while individual workshops are $15.
Film screenings will begin Friday night, Sept. 30 and run all day Saturday, Oct. 1. They include three feature films and three shorts programs from around the world. Individual screenings are $10, or a $35 festival pass is good through the award celebration Oct. 2.
Finalist screenplay readings and workshops aimed at the craft of writing will round out the festival activities on Oct. 2. The Writers Guild will lead a discussion, as well as Laura Shapiro, editor of “The First Time I Got Paid For It: Writers’ Tales From The Hollywood Trenches.” All Oct. 2 readings and workshops are $10.
Information on each day’s schedule is available at: www.broadhumor.com.