Meet 2017 Funny Women Comedy Shorts Award winner Cam Spence!

Funny Women

Funny Women

For our fourth ever Funny Women Comedy Shorts Award we were lucky enough to hold a screening at the VAULT Festival in London, where our hosts Sooz Kempner and Suzy Bennett treated the audience to our top films as judged by comedian Roisin Conaty, Rob Aslett, Director of Avalon Entertainment and TV Exec Producer, Richard Grocock, TV Comedy and Development Producer at Wicked Little Critter, Baby Cow, Phil McIntyre, Clelia Mountford, Merman Co-founder and Executive Producer, Anna Bogutskaya, Underwire Film Festival Director, Kate Daughton, Commissioning Editor for Comedy at BBC, Kate Stone, Funny Women editor and creator of the Comedy Shorts Award and Becky Singh, Comedy Shorts Award director. Roxy Dunn and Alys Metcalfe were our runners-up with their film Habits, but Cam Spence and her fantastic film Polly got the top spot. We talked to Cam Spence about winning, filmmaking and why she got into comedy in the first place…

Funny Women: How does it feel to win the 2017 Funny Women Shorts Award?

Cam Spence: It feels gorgeous! I feel gorgeous!

FW: Tell us about your winning film.

CS: My film is called Polly and it is about a girl who can only communicate through spoken word poetry. I have always found spoken word poetry really funny because it is so earnest and sincere and takes itself so seriously, so I wrote something that makes a gentle mockery of it. I also love things that have a heart – because I’ve got one, thank you! And so I made the story quite sweet, with Polly desperately trying to find love in spite of her absolutely weird illness.

I loved doing the film because I made it with some of my favourite comedians including Ellie White, Patrick Turpin, Annie McGrath and also Stuart Laws who directed it. And also my mother is in it. I put her in it because Lena Dunham puts her mum in everything and she’s got a Golden Globe. Unfortunately, my mum steals the show and a violent rivalry has begun at home.

FW: How did you get into comedy?

CS: I went to the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago and fancied all the comedians and realised I would be allowed to talk to them if I became a comedian too. So now I do character comedy on stage and I’m apparently tipped to pick up all the main awards in 2019 with my debut character comedy show… No, but seriously, I’d like it to okay, please come. Help me.

FW: Any advice for budding filmmakers out there?

CS: Don’t be a perfectionist, it will hold you back, but also, do be a perfectionist, it will make the film better.

FW: Who are your favourite funny women?

CS: I am an obsessive fangirl of Ellie White, Tash Demetriou, Lolly Adefope, Rosa Robson, Matilda Wnek, Emma Sidi, and Jayde Adams! But my ultimate favourites are Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie in the Simple Life. I think they were the world’s greatest double act and I wish I had written all the things that came out of their mouths. If they ever fancy getting the band back together, I think they would have a very bright future on London’s live comedy circuit.

You can see Cam Spence’s winning comedy short on Comedy Central!

Check these out

From the Funny Women Team

Life Outside the Box

I’ve spent many years caring for my autistic son. Last year I watched a BBC television documentary with Christine McGuinness called Unmasking My Autism which charts her journey after she was diagnosed with autism. And that’s when I realised – there’s a reason why I get my son. And that’s because I’m autistic too.

Read More »

Join us at The Big Comedy Conference

It’s one month to go until The Big Comedy Conference 2024 and we’ll be there to talk to you about comedy writing, creating and more. Organised by BCG Pro, the London-based event will focus on comedy writing topics on Saturday 16th March.

Read More »

Picnic at the Soho Theatre

This will be your last chance to catch my one-woman sketch show bonanza and possibly my last solo show for a very long time… No, I’m not pregnant. I just don’t have any money or the energy to carry a dog cage, a roll of fake grass and a trunk of props around the UK anymore.

Read More »

February Gig Guide

Finally, the month is February, the mood is excited and grateful for the end of January, so celebrate than with one of these side-splittingly funny comedy shows. From fresh debut hours, established tour shows and brand new WIP material to wicked and wonderful variety nights, we’ve got it all here.

Read More »
Get notified when registration opens

Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

Funny Women NextUp…Comedy Shorts Award

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.


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!


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.


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 .


We will 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. We will also broadcast the final 3 entries as part of the grand final night.


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 on the 23rd September.


2021 Funny Women Awards Prizes

The deadline for registration for the Comedy Shorts Award has passed.

If you need further information please contact us here