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The registration period for the Stage Award, Comedy Writing Award, and Comedy Shorts Award has come to a close for 2023, and we couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming response we’ve received! We’ve received an incredible number of entries across these three disciplines, spanning an impressive 23 countries. It’s a true testament to our 20th Anniversary Year, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Given the fantastic turnout, we’ve taken a closer look at our dates and timelines to ensure fairness for everyone participating in these three categories. Let’s just say we have our work cut out for us! With hundreds of entries to review, each 5-page script taking about 8-10 minutes to read properly, the Shorts around 5mins to view and over 450 Stage Award videos to watch at least twice, we estimate we’ll be laughing for a total of approximately 114 hours!

But fear not, because we’re committed to making this a fair and enjoyable experience for all. We understand the importance of giving every entry the attention it deserves. So, rest assured, we’ve established a well-thought-out timeline to ensure each joke, sketch, and performance is given its due appreciation.

We’re truly amazed by the overwhelming response. Thank you to all the participants who have shared their potential comedic genius with us. Now, we will dive into the judging process with enthusiasm and excitement, ready to celebrate the funniest minds across the globe!


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Judging Process

Round one
Every entrant is scored by at least two different viewers from the world of live and broadcast comedy industry.

Round two

The top videos are then reviewed and scored by new industry figures. The top-scoring 144 candidates from those entrants will go through to the virtual heats.

These entrants will be announced 10th July 2023. Virtual heats will take place 31st July – 13th August 2023.

Stage Awards Heats announcement here.

Semi-finalists will be announced w/c 29th August 2023 with a further announcement regarding the process shortly after.

Semi-finalist announcement here.

Finalists will be announced 5th September 2023

Finalists announcement here.

The 10 finalists will compete at the Stage Award final on the 28th September at Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

Comedy Writing Award and Comedy Shorts Award.

Judging Process

Every entry is allocated to a panel of judges from Funny Women and the comedy and broadcast industry. Every entry will be scored by at least two different judges before the marks averages are worked out and the longlist created.

Those lucky enough to be on the longlist will be announced 19th July 2023.

Comedy Writing longlist here.

Comedy Shorts longlist here.

Again, all entries will be judged twice before their scores are averaged and those with the highest marks are shortlisted.

The shortlist will be announced on 29th August 2023.

Comedy Writing shortlist here.

Comedy Shorts shortlist here.

These shortlisted entries will then be judged by each of our exclusive panel of top industry professionals, who will then decide which will make it to the top three.

Comedy Writing Top 3 here.

Comedy Shorts Top 3 here.

The top three will be announced in September 2023.

The winner of each award will be announced at the Funny Women Stage Award final on the 28th September at Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

The Content Creator Award voting is open here.

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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 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.

If you need further information please contact us here