2020 Comedy Shorts Longlist Announced!

Emily O'Neill

Emily O'Neill

The Funny Women Comedy Shorts Team have worked over the last month to bring the list of videos down to 25 videos of an exceptionally high standard. The longlist represents a variety of eclectic genres and include a number of videos made during the UK lockdown. Faced with the ongoing challenge of creating, producing and directing video shorts for the majority of 2020, it was truly heartening to see how many of our entrants had overcome those difficulties and been able to produce such brilliantly original videos.

Rhiannon HopkinsNaked Pictures
Donna PrestonHello From the Inside
Marla Jane LynchHow Many Twitter Followers Do You Have?
Isabelle Farah and Jenny RushBreakfast
Naomi CooperPhillipa: Notes from Isolation
Natasha Santos#Soulmate
Megan Smith and Lily HowkinsBest Friends
Charlie DinkinWhen You Can’t Stop Checking Yourself Out On Zoom
Phoebe Batteson-Brown and Miztli RoseHow Does That Make You Feel?
Steph Leigh and Mo Bayliss Pancake Jam
Niamh ByrneBeat Until Smooth
Rachael Hilton, Harriet Webb and Emily HoughtonThe Wedding
Sascha LowdermilkHow Does the Coronavirus Affect Gap Year Students?
Lydia and Sabrina ParkerThe Band Formerly Known As The Planet’s On Fire!!!!!!
Lizzy MansfieldAn Inorganic Love Story
Katie DavisonUndateable
Kitty PatersonStranger Hings
Julie LockeyHam!
Millicent BinksLadies, Have We Progressed? 1920’s-2020’s
Emma Edwards and Abigail DooleyFlaws
Briony PuddephaHow to Ensure Personal Growth During Lockdown
Eryn TettThe Foxes F*ck on Wednesdays
Nikola McMurtrieKaraoke: Behind the Lyrics
Laura McMahonSex and the Quarantine
Ilayda Arden1800 PHWOAR-antine

Congratulations to everyone involved!

And we are so pleased to now announce that our Head Judge for the 2020 Comedy Shorts Award is Andi Osho!

Andi is an award-winning actor, writer and stand-up comedian, having won the Funny Women Stage Award in 2007, Andi has starred in Live at the Apollo, performed sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival and appeared at the O2 Arena in London. Alongside all this, Andi is also a talented actor and has starred in Sky Atlantic’s Curfew and featured in Holby City, EastEnders and Death In Paradise, amongst many other credits.

Andi told us: “I’m delighted to be head judge for the comedy shorts competition. I’m particularly passionate about film and storytelling so can’t wait to see what all these fabulous, funny filmmakers come up with. I switched career from an office job to performer relatively late in life and I’m here to say, it’s never too late to give performing, writing, film making or any creative endeavour a try.”

Each of the longlisted videos will be viewed by an independent panel of judges, headed by Andi, and including a raft of industry professionals from the comedy world.

The shortlist will be released on 31st July 2020.

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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.


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 https://www.prsformusic.com/ .


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.

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