Meet 2020 Funny Women Comedy Shorts Award Winner Nikola McMurtrie!

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Last week we live-streamed our 2020 Funny Women Awards Presentation from the Groucho Club in London, where the winners of our other Awards categories were announced. We were delighted to invite 2010 Funny Women Awards winner, actor and author Andi Osho to announce Nikola McMurtrie and her film Karaoke: Behind the Lyrics as the winner of this year’s Comedy Shorts!

Nikola announced the winner!

Funny Women: How does it feel to win the 2020 Funny Women Comedy Shorts Award?

Nikola McMurtrie: I’m absolutely thrilled. Can’t quite believe it. Every round I got through I thought “this is it, I’m going no further”, so to say I’m surprised is an understatement, especially since watching the other entries in this category. It’s been a highlight in a dreadful year and I’m so thankful.

FW: Tell us about your film?

NM: It’s a mockumentary set in the 90s’/early 00s, following somewhat self-important filmmaker called Abigail Baumfister (I don’t know why I decided that was her name but it stuck) who makes Karaoke music videos. She goes into some detail explaining her process – filming water features, pedestrians and most importantly pigeons. It is a pretty specific topic and a short no one asked for, but was made anyway.

FW: Can you share a little about your creative process?

NM: I think like a lot of people an idea will just come, usually from random places. Sometimes I’ll think of something and write it immediately, other times I need to play with the idea a bit longer. When I start making something, I do typically know what I want from it though. With this short, I had the idea ages ago but had no real motivation to make it, then in the midst of lockdown I saw the deadline for the awards and it prompted me to make it. 

FW: Any words of advice to comedy film makers? 

NM: Don’t overthink. If you like it and it makes you happy, then go for it. Try to dissuade that judgmental voice that tells it’s not any good. I honestly thought my karaoke short was too niche a concept to get anywhere, but I made it anyway and geez – I’m glad I did.

FW: And lastly, who are your favourite funny women? 

NM: Julie Walters (my comedy hero), Victoria Wood (the woman was a genius), Diane Morgan (I mean Philomena Cunk, c’mon), and Amy Poehler (if I could have a smidge of her comic timing, I’d be happy). I could name a lot more but I’ll keep it concise.

Watch Nikola’s winning comedy short here!

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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.


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