"Hold For Laughs" is a short film which was developed and produced as part of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. The DWW has been nurturing the talent of the next generation of female directors since it was established in 1974. The writer and director of "Hold For Laughs", Amy French, was one of just 8 women chosen for the 2010 cycle.


Margaret's life sucks. A shy 13 year old freshman at an all-girls Catholic high school, she's got braces and a baby face. The other girls make fun of her and the boy she longs for doesn't know she exists, not to mention her parents are getting divorced and her dog is dying. But by night, Margaret is precocious, confident, and full of witty and irreverent observations, as she transforms into Margaret Rose, stand-up comic.