2022 Partners and Sponsors


Sky Studios develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Das Boot, Riviera and Britannia, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky Originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, I Hate Suzie, co-created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper and BAFTA-nominated hit comedy, Brassic.


Sky Studios seek out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.



NextUp is a worldwide subscription video-on-demand platform specialising in stand-up specials. As well as familiar household names, there are also acclaimed rising stars and circuit legends to discover. 

NextUp members have access to recording tickets and exclusive discounts whilst comedians are supported through a 50/50 revenue share model. 

NextUp seeks to bring a diverse range of comedians, with comedy to suit all tastes, to a wider audience by providing platforms for them to showcase their work to comedy fans without the restrictions of show dates, locations, ticket availability or cost. 

Since COVID-19, NextUp set-up a Just Giving campaign which has raised £120,000 for comedians and has been live streaming its virtual venue – ‘NextUp Now’ – five nights a week.


heat & Heatworld

heat is the brand that sets the agenda of popular culture and fuels conversation around the rich and famous. The heat universe has the magazine as the mothership with a digital radio station, online and social media platforms. heat gets the real story behind celeb news with unrivalled access to some of the biggest TV and pop icons, but always with the famous heat sense of humour.



Founded in 2003, London Short Festival (LSFF) is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival.

Each January, LSFF hosts ten days of short form, conversation and multidisciplinary curation. We present between 250-500 British and international films each edition, collaboratively programmed down from 5000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry offering of workshops, panels and discussion for filmmakers and workers.

LSFF exists to spotlight a multiplicity of filmmakers, visual artists and creatives, across intersections and with a commitment to peripheral voices. We pride ourselves on an 18 year ethos of giving screen-space and visibility to unconventional and thoroughly independent filmmaking, and our programming seeks to situate the contemporary in dialogue with its history and the world at large. We consider LSFF both a platform where filmmakers can cut their teeth and define their careers, and a celebrator of the archival treasures and talent that got us here.


Comedy 50:50

Comedy 50:50 is an initiative to address gender imbalance in comedy. Our aim is to change a culture. This is not about hitting quotas or targets as some form of box ticking exercise, it is about implementing practical measures as a way to achieve equal representation.  We won’t achieve 50:50 overnight, but by creating practical measures that result in incremental change, we will see a difference.


Comedy Crowd

Our mission is to empower everyone to make comedy. This brings variety and originality (and laughs too).

There are so many talented creators with original comedy ideas, and at The Comedy Crowd we embrace them.

Traditional studios work with a handful of creators. We work with over 9000 and growing.

We believe in empowering independent comedy creators to show the funny side of life.


Tatty Devine


All Tatty Devine jewellery is designed in London and handmade in-house by a small, skilled team of female makers with a passion for art, jewellery and equality in Kent, UK


Showtime Photo Booth

Showtime Photo Booth is London’s premier photo booth hire company, providing you with a stylish range of high-quality booths for your weddings, product launches, award ceremonies or birthdays. The go-to company for photo booth hire in London. Leaders in experiential & brand activations, corporate events and private parties in the capital.

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BAFTA Media Technology 


BAFTA Media Technology

BAFTA Media Technology (BMT) is BAFTA’s in-house tech development and solutions provider – servicing BAFTA’s awards, applications and events programmes. BMT’s Nucleus platform provides end-to-end management of BAFTA’s nine annual awards programmes, and has been successfully licensed by third party awards organisers including the Royal Television Society, Edinburgh TV Festival and Broadcast Magazine.



TIME’S UP is an organisation that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for everyone. TIME’S UP UK exists so no one has to say #MeToo again. In response to the growing TIME’S UP movement in the US, a group of UK-based women: actors, activists, producers, writers and others from the film, TV and theatre industries catalysed a sister initiative in the UK. For maximum impact it is set up under the TIME’S UP brand and aims to amplify and reinforce the message already promoted in the US.


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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