Stage Award

Judging Process

Round 1

Every video is watched and scored by at least two different viewers from the world of live and broadcast comedy industry across UK and Ireland.

Round 2

The top 100 videos are then reviewed and scored by new industry figures. The top scoring candidates from those 100 entrants will go through to the Virtual Heats.  These entrants will be announced on the week of 22nd June via the website and social media.

Virtual Heats

In June and July, ten private Virtual Heat screenings will be held online, where our highest scoring videos will be judged by panels of top industry professionals.

The Semi-finalists will be contacted by email and the list published on Tuesday 4th August.

Semi Finals

These will take place in August – location and/or format tbc   The top 5 from each event will be revealed on the night.

Finals

Those 10 finalists will compete at the grand final – location and/or format tbc.  

Best Web Series

Judging Process

Nominations Open

The Best Web Series Award is entirely publicly nominated.

Nominations are made via the funnywomenawards.com website only starting from Monday 1st June.

Nominations Close

Nominations close 23:59 on Monday 14th of September. 

The web series receiving the most votes by this point will be the winner of the Best Web Series Award.

Finals

The winner will be announced at our Grand Final!

Ready to nominate for Best Web Series?

Comedy Shorts Award

Judging Process

Round 1

Every video is allocated to a panel of viewers from Funny Women and the narrative comedy and broadcast industry. Every video will be scored by two different viewers, before the marks average is worked out and the longlist created.

Round 2

Those lucky enough to be longlisted will be announced the week of 6th July on the Funny Women site and social media. Judging continues until we reach our Shortlist of 10 films.

Round 3

The shortlist will be announced via the website, social media and emails to the successful entrants on the week of 31st July.

These Shortlisted videos will then be viewed by our exclusive panel of top industry judges who will then decide which ones should make it to the top three.

The top three will be announced via website, social media and email again the week of 28th August.

Finals

The winner will be announced at our Grand Final!

Comedy Writing Award

Judging Process

Round 1

Every script is allocated to a panel of readers from Funny Women and the narrative comedy and broadcast industry. Every script will be scored by two different readers, before the marks average is worked out and the longlist created.

Round 2

Those lucky enough to be longlisted will be announced on the Funny Women site and via social media the week of 6th July. Again all scripts will be read twice before their scores are averaged and those with the highest marks are shortlisted.

Round 3

For our final round the shortlist will be announced via the website and emails to the successful entrants the week of 31st July. These Shortlisted scripts will then be read by each of our exclusive panel of top industry judges who will then decide which scripts should make it to the top three.


The top three will be announced via website, social media and email again the week of 28th August.

Finals

The winner will be announced at our Grand Final!

All Entry Requirements

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 stageaward@funnywomenawards.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 writingaward@funnywomenawards.com.

  • Send us your 1-2 page treatment, and 10 consecutive pages from one episode of a comedy script for television or radio. Do not send us your full script.
  • Scripts and Treatments must be submitted in English and scripts presented in standard TV or Radio format. There is excellent script writing software free to download online. Refer to the BBC Writers Room for guidance on format. Please send your treatment and script as a single PDF – again there are many free packages online that will convert documents into pdfs.
  • Scripts are judged for their concept, tone, characters, plot, structure, dialogue, humour and overall marketability.
  • A panel of professional readers will select a long-list of 25 scripts which will be submitted to a panel of industry judges for the final short-list.
  • Due to the high number of entries, we are only able to offer feedback to those who make the short-list.
  • There is no ‘right’ way of writing a Treatment, however we would recommend you consider including a logline, short synopsis, outline of the series, character breakdowns and 3-6 episode summaries as used by BAFTA-Rocliffe.
  • One entry per person or writing partnership.  If you write in a partnership you may also submit a solo script.

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Writing Award is 31st of May.

If you still have questions about the Comedy Writing Award please email writingaward@funnywomenawards.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 31st of May.

If you need further information please email shortsaward@funnywomenawards.com

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:

  • Comical (obviously)
  • Performed between 1st January and 30th August 2020 live or online as live
  • Full stand up or sketch show of at least 45 minutes
  • Created by a woman, but can contain male cast members

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 31st of August.

For more information about the Best Show Award please email bestshow@funnywomenawards.com.

The Best Web Series Award is moving up to take its place as the public voted award of the year, as the absence of live events has led the Best Show Award to take a hiatus for 2020. This award focuses on finding new voices that might otherwise be overlooked by networks, and we want to help them find the limelight.
 
Rules
  • No duplicate votes from nominators.
  • Series must consist of at least 3 episodes under the same title.  These must be linked by narrative or theme of sketches .
  • Has to be comedy.
  • At least one episode released after 20th September 2019.
  • Not associated to a broadcaster or production company that produces broadcast material.

Nomination period ends 28th August 2020