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Amplifying Your Voice Through Comedy

Funny Women is the destination to discover, connect and grow with humour. With support from the Arts Council England, we show women from all walks of life how to use comedy to build confidence. We strongly believe in equal rights and opportunities for all; by empowering female-identifying voices, we can contribute to gender parity in our industry and beyond. 

From our Comedy Crash Course to our Stand Up to Stand Out workshops, performance is encouraged, participation mandatory and laughter absolutely non-negotiable! 

We’re best known for the Funny Women Awards—an important industry platform for women looking to break into comedy. So far, over 4,000 gob-smackingly talented comics have taken part in 17 competitions, and our alumni include, Sarah Millican, Zoe Lyons, Sarah Pasco, Katherine Ryan, London Hughes, Desiree Burch, Kerry Godliman, Rachel Parris.

There are many ways to get involved with us, discover our magazine; take part in our interactive workshops; enter our awards; join our Patreon; connect with our Facebook group, or work with our sister company: HERlarious

Whatever your goal—we aim to provide a positive and inclusive experience for all.

Our Founder

Find out what makes our fearless founder Lynne Parker get out of bed in the morning.

Our Team

Meet the fabulous team of producers, writers, associates, and volunteers who make the magic happen.

Our Board

We’re supported by an incredible advisory board of talented businesswomen, journalists and producers, who help Funny Women every step of the way.

Our Matron

We’re unbelievably proud to be supported by the one, the only, trailblazing tour-de-force Jo Brand.

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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.

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?

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