Please check back in Spring 2020 for more information!
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. 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. In fact, if you are selected to go through to one of our heats, we will really want to see how you perform this material to a live audience. Make sure to time your set beforehand – although we won’t pull you off stage with a comical hook (health and safety conscious, obvs), you will be disqualified if you go more than a minute over the 5-minute mark.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND HOW IS IT JUDGED?
If you are successful and selected from your video submission, we will be in contact to offer you a date to perform in one our live heats during May and June. Please check the list below and ensure that you will be available for the heat in the region nearest to your residential address.
Each live heat will be judged by a panel from Funny Women and comedy industry professionals in your region. Audiences will also be asked to judge the acts and their marks will help us decide who to put through to the next stage. No winners will be announced on the night.
Regional finals take place in July and August (dates to be announced) and the grand final will be held in London during late September. 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.
LIVE HEAT DATES
Friday, 10th May 2019 – Hoxton Hall, London
Saturday, 11th May 2019 – Hoxton Hall, London
Tuesday 14th May 2019 – Betsey Trotwood, London
Saturday, 18th May 2019 – Warwick Arts, Coventry, Midlands
Wednesday, 15th May 2019 – Alchemy, Bristol, South West
Saturday, 25th May 2019 – Komedia, Brighton, South
Sunday, 2nd June 2019 – Frog & Bucket, Manchester, North
Tuesday, 4th June 2019 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, 6th June 2019 – Gulbenkian, Canterbury, South East
Saturday, 8th June 2019 – Pulse Festival, Ipswich, East
Tuesday, 11th June 2019 – Betsey Trotwood, London
Saturday, 15 June 2019 – Comedy Attic at the Beehive, Edinburgh, Scotland
CAN I INVITE MY FRIENDS TO THE HEAT?
Of course! We charge a nominal ticket price of between £10 and £12 depending on the venue and ask our audience members to participate by completing a judging form and marking all the acts. Please ask your friends and family to come along and support you, and in return they are supporting us to keep this amazing competition going.
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 at our live heats is friendly and relaxed, so you’ll be in good company. We run workshops and our Time of the Month networking and ‘open mic’ nights throughout the year in London, Bristol, Brighton, Dublin and Manchester 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.
We’re looking for female or female identifying 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 more than welcome. The award focuses on new voices, meaning you are not eligible to enter if you are or have been employed as a writer on a regular basis or given a paid commission for one or more TV or Radio episodes or Films.
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 broadcast on television or radio. If in doubt, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 – we will only ask for this if you reach the Shortlist stage.
• Scripts and Treatments must be submitted in English and scripts presented in standard TV or Radio format. There is a wealth of excellent (and free!) script writing software 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 the 31st of July.
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? Do you think your comedy film could be the next Fleabag? Then we are looking for YOU!
If you have a short film or even a selection of sketches that you think are 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 female film makers 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.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH MY FILM?
We will broadcast selected entries on our Funny Women YouTube channel and social media (so feel free to encourage your mates to comment!) 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 gala final in London during September.
The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award is the 31st of July.
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:
• Comical (obviously)
• Performed between 1st January and 30th August 2019
• Full 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 the 31st of August.
For more information about the Best Show Award please email email@example.com.