Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival LA Presented by iO West
December 4th – 6th, 2014
iO West is proud to present Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival! For three days on December 4th-6th, the iO West stages will be filled with female-only performances, various competitions, celebrity headliners and judges, and a variety of female focused workshops. Funny Women Festival – Los Angeles (#FWFLA) will be a celebration of creative women in all types of comedy, sure to create an even stronger community by attracting comedians from across the country.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved! You can apply as a featured show in the categories of improv, sketch, musical comedy and written pilot (must be written by a woman but can have male characters that will be performing in the stage reading, pilot applicant is responsible for casting and directing the stage reading). In addition to these showcase show, there will be a variety of competition categories for performers: Sketch Cage Match, Stand Up, Improv Cage Match, Storytelling and video shorts. FWFLA also offers numerous workshops for both improvisation and sketch, open to the public (You too, Boys.) These workshops will be led by current iO West instructors as well as special guests who are currently working in the industry; credits include SNL, Conan, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Emmys, Shameless, Cougar Town, MADtv and more.
Participants can apply to be a featured show on one of our three stages OR they can apply to compete in one of the multiple competition categories for prizes awarded to the winners of each category. Each competition entry requires a separate $25 application fee.
Prizes include stage time at iO West and the iconic Comedy Central Stage, meetings with casting directors, and networking opportunities with celebrity judges.
There’s more! We are pleased to support The Downtown Women’s Center as the festival’s official beneficiary. A percentage of all revenue will be donated to The Downtown Women’s Center, a nationally recognized pioneer of permanent supportive housing and the only resource in LA that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’s Skid Row community.
-Written Pilots (Staged Reading)
OR APPLY FOR ONE OF OUR
-Sketch Cage Match
-Improv Cage Match
2014 Funny Women Festival LA – CompetitionsSketch Cage Match:
4 teams will enter but only 1 will leave in the ultimate sketch comedy tournament.Rules:
· We’ll need a labeled, stapled copy of each sketch for the light booth.
· Please keep your set at 20-25 minutes. The lights will be cut at 25 minutes.
· Tech is allowed but we advise you to keep it to a minimum. Lights, music, sounds are OK.
. Video segments or standalone videos are NOT allowed.
· Please keep the stage clean.
· Each audience member will be given a ballot as they enter the theater. In order to preserve the
integrity of the vote, we will not be passing out additional ballots inside the theater.
· No ballots will be distributed once the show starts.
. The championship round will feature an audience vote as well as special guest judges to decide
who is the best of the best.
Winning prizes include a showcase at the famous Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater, a 4 week run on the iO West Main Stage and more.
4 teams will compete to be the Cage Match Champion!Rules:
Two teams at a time will compete performing 20 minutes of improv. The winner is determined, based on audience votes.
Each audience member will be given a ballot as they enter the theater. In order to preserve the integrity of the vote, we will not be passing out additional ballots inside the theater.
No ballots will be distributed once the show starts.
The championship round will feature an audience vote as well as special guest judges to decide who is the best of the best.
Winning prizes include a showcase at the famous Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater and a 4-week run on the iO West Main and more.
With two nights of comedy, 10 comics per each of the two shows per night, 5 minutes each, and only one winner chosen by audience vote each show, there is only time for your premium material in the Stand Up Competition. Our four finalists will get the opportunity to perform another 5 minutes with special guest headliners on the championship night. An audience vote plus the votes of the headliners will decide the champion.
The winning prizes include $250 a stand up punch up session with Casting Director and Stand Up teacher Lesley Wolff, the opportunity to perform with the guest headliner in the finals and the opportunity to host a monthly Stand Up show on the iO West Main Stage.
With two nights of comedy, 10 storytellers per night, 5 minutes each, and the top three performers chosen by audience vote each night, you need to bring your best story. Our six finalists will get the opportunity to perform another 5 minutes with special guest headliners on the championship night. An audience vote plus the votes of the headliners will decide the champion.
The winning prizes include $250 and the opportunity to perform with the guest headliners in the finals, the opportunity to host a monthly Storytelling show on the iO West Main Stage.
Send in your 5 minute or less comedy short and put it to the test. Videos must be submitted as an mov or mp4 file at firstname.lastname@example.org
The winning prizes includes your video featured on Jill Soloway’s (creator, writer and director of Amazon’s hit series Transparent) WIFEY.TV web site and she will review your short, your video will also be featured on the iOWest Web site front page and iOWest Youtube with a chance to shoot more sketches there. Winning video will also receive $100.