Are you a stand up? Musical comedian? Sketch group? Improviser? Character act? Clown? Cabaret performer? Whatever genre your comedy style, we want to see you perform!
Whether you’re established, up-and-coming or a complete newbie, the Stage Award is looking for the best new comedy act and our prize package will offer career development and industry support.
WHO CAN ENTER?
The Stage Award is open to all new acts with no or under five years of agency representation.
HOW DO I ENTER?
To enter this year’s Stage Award complete the registration form and submit a 5-minute YouTube video of one single continuous performance, i.e. your set (see below). An edit comprising of more than one performance is not permitted. This does not need to be a professional standard video and can be a home self tape via your smartphone! Funny Women’s panel of industry judges will only watch 5 MINUTES of your recorded performance, so please, only submit the 5 minutes you want us to watch!
WHAT IS YOUR SET AND HOW LONG IS IT?
Your set should be 5 minutes of your best comedy material. It will always be 5 minutes and you can use the same material throughout the whole competition.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND HOW IS IT JUDGED?
If you are successful and selected from your video submission, your video will go through to our virtual regional heats, online during May and June. Each heat will be judged by a panel from Funny Women, other comedy industry including professionals from your region. Winners will be announced via Funny Women’s social media channels. If you are invited to participate in our live semi-finals** you will be requested to perform the same or similar material as in your submission video.
Live semi-finals take place in July and August** and the live grand final** will be held in London September 24th. A stellar line-up of industry professionals including top agents, commissioning editors and producers from leading broadcasters and the live circuit will be looking for the next future comedy star. You will be judged on your material, stage presence, delivery and originality.
HELP! I’M TOTALLY NEW TO COMEDY!
Every year we are delighted by the number of women who choose our Awards as their first foray onto the comedy stage. The atmosphere of our competition is friendly and relaxed, so you’ll be in good company. We will be running virtual workshops via our Time of the Month networking to support the development of new talent, so if you want some extra help before your gig please get in touch with any of our team in your region, details here.
The deadline for registration for the Stage Award is the 30th of April.
If you still have any questions about the Stage Award please email email@example.com.
Not sure where to start? Awards Director Becky Singh has some advice:
**Please note that our planned live events are subject to change or cancellation in order to protect the health of our entrants, team and audiences. We’ll keep you posted.
We’re looking for script writers with a real flair for comedy narrative and the ability to put together a laugh-out-loud joke on paper. Joint entries are welcome. The award focuses on new voices, meaning you are not eligible to enter if you are or have been employed as a writer or given paid commissions on a regular basis for one or more TV, Radio, Digital or Film projects.
Your script must be an original piece of work of which you are the author/s. Please do not submit work that has previously been produced for broadcast on television or radio. If in doubt, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for registration for the Comedy Writing Award is the May 30th
If you still have questions about the Comedy Writing Award please email email@example.com.
Are you a budding Director? Producer? Screenwriter? Are you collaborating with friends to make a funny video? Then we are looking for YOU!
If you have a short film or sketch that you think is hilarious, then enter your work for our Comedy Shorts Award to be in with a chance of winning some life-changing support and mentoring from comedy professionals.
WHAT KIND OF FILM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
A 1- 6 minute film that can take the form of anything comical. It’s a great opportunity to show us your creative flair and have fun!
WHO CAN ENTER?
This award is open to all women filmmakers and content developers. The film must be an original narrative created, produced and devised by a woman, or women, although male cast and crew members are allowed.
ARE THERE ANY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MY FILM?
Yes – we require all films to be 6 minutes or under, to be entirely original dialogue, to not feature brand logos and most importantly, to only use music with the written consent of the performer and/or publisher either personally or via the PRS system https://www.prsformusic.com/ .
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH MY FILM?
We may broadcast selected entries on our Funny Women YouTube channel and social media (so keep an eye out) and the top 10 finalists’ films will also hosted on a dedicated Funny Women Comedy Shorts Awards page on our website.
HOW IS IT JUDGED?
Films are judged for production, concept, delivery/performance, creativity, writing and overall funniness. The top 10 films are then viewed by an independent judging panel of top television and film industry professionals who will choose one overall winner and two runners up. The final three will be invited to attend the grand final** in London during September.
The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award is the May 30th.
If you need further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you seen a good show recently? Want your show to be in the running for professional recognition? Nominate it!
TO QUALIFY, THE SHOW MUST BE:
You can nominate as many shows as you like, but please don’t submit multiple nominations for your own show! (Our spies are everywhere!)
Nominate your favourite show here.
Nominations close on the 31st of August.
For more information about the Best Show Award please email email@example.com.