Meet 2019 Funny Women Comedy Shorts Awards Winners Teresa Burns & Samantha Lyden!

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Having watched 100s of films for the 2019 Funny Women Comedy Shorts Award, the judges picked writing team Teresa Burns and Samantha Lyden’s film Neil’s Yard as this year’s winner! We caught up with the pair to talk about their creative process, builders and the #MeToo movement… 

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

Teresa Burns & Samantha Lyden: We feel like we’re famous! Our phones have been like hotline bling since the word got out and we’re trying not to let it change us… But seriously, it’s been incredible and we’re humbled to be selected amongst such talented and funny women. It’s an amazing event and prestigious platform to showcase our work to the industry. It’s only been a few days and we’re already feeling the influence of the award on our careers.

FW: Tell us about your Comedy Short Neil’s Yard. 

TB & SL: The idea for the short came from both our Dad’s being builders, as well as the #MeToo movement. To be clear our Dads are complete gents, but we’ve both witnessed first hand ‘site culture’ and how unwittingly the banter often edges into misogyny. We thought it would be fun to explore the idea of a woke builder chairing a support group for men who no longer want to objectify women.

FW: How do you two collaborate on your projects? 

TB & SL: Basically our process entails meeting up at Soho Theatre Bar once a week, chatting shit together and catching up for the first hour (three hours!) and then work through our ideas, madly rushing to get something written by 6pm. We always act everything out as scripts are obviously written to be spoken aloud and also we like the sound of our own voices. People must walk past and think we’re doing an immersive site-specific play but it really helps us hear whether something is funny or hitting that beat.

FW: Any advice for budding filmmakers out there? 

TB & SL: Invest in yourselves, our view on it is if you can spend money on a holiday etc you can spend it on a film that could get your work out there. Surround yourself with likeminded people that you rate and respect – basically find your tribe! We treat it like a job – even though no-ones paying us! Fake it till you make it baby!

FW: Who are your favourite funny women? 

TB & SL: Kathy Burke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Catherine Tate, French & Saunders, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne… Gemma Collins!

You can watch the award-winning video Neil’s Yard here!

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Comedy Shorts Award Entry Requirements

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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.

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 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.

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 on the 23rd September.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

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