A Word from our Partners

‘Sky Studios are proud to support the important work that Funny Women does by sponsoring this year’s Award Final and Comedy Writing Award. For years, Funny Women have done an incredible job at finding the very best new female comic talent. Sky Studios are firm believers in supporting these new voices, so with our funded development prize this year, we hope to steer some of this exciting female talent onto our screens.

Tilusha Ghelani, Comedy Commissioning Editor, Sky Studios

Equality is one of our core values at NextUp and we’re passionate about giving a platform to as many great women identifying comics as possible in a bid to level the playing field and increase representation. Funny Women have been flying this flag for many years, and we’re delighted to continue this partnership, supporting their efforts and streaming incredible talent to comedy fans at home.


Sarah Henley, Co-Founder of NextUp Comedy

Funny Women is without doubt the finest platform in this country for discovering top female comedic talent. As both a fan and former judge, my aim is to give our full support to the Funny Women brand and, hopefully, enhance the overall experience by taking the finalists on a nationwide tour of arts centers and theatres. Developing comedic skills requires stage time in front of a live audience. Few, if any, of the finalists, will have performed in front of a large audience and none will have toured in venues across the country. This opportunity offers a rare and invaluable experience to budding female comedians and my company are delighted to be part of this historic event.

Mick Perrin, Managing Director & Agent for MPW Management

Here at heat we love a good laugh, whether it’s at silly celebrity shenanigans or cutting edge comedy – the more cheeky, irreverent and hilarious the better. We’re also big fans of championing new talent, especially inspiring females, so we are delighted to partner with Funny Women and The Content Creator Award. After the year we’ve all had, it’s more important than ever to have fun and look on the brighter, lighter side of life, so here’s to finding witty women who can tickle our funny bones and put big smiles on our faces.


Kay Ribeiro, Entertainment & Features Editor, heat magazine

TIME’S UP UK is delighted to be the charity partner for Funny Women, which we see as such an important platform for discovering female comedic talent. TIME’S UP UK has worked with comedy since its very beginning, in particular championing female comedy writers and we look forward to working together to both ensure safe and dignified work environments and to support the development of women in comedy.


Dame Heather Rabbatts, Chair, TIME’S UP UK

“BAFTA Media Technology (BMT) is excited to begin working with Funny Women. Funny Women’s mission to discover, promote and celebrate female voices strikes a chord with BAFTA’s own vision to drive change, champion inclusivity and tackle underrepresentation in our industry.”

Emma Perry, Director of BAFTA Media Technology

The Funny Women Awards continue to be an incredible showcase for brilliant performers, writers and creators and last year’s Awards didn’t disappoint. This year we will showcase even more amazing new talent in partnership with leading media and comedy brands.  This support is a wonderful endorsement of our hard work and dedication and enables us to provide amazing opportunities and prizes. 

‘I am particularly proud and pleased that our new charity partner is Times Up UK.  Talent should be the priority in the selection process, not sexual favours. If we are to have true parity in the comedy industry, we have to make sure that women can travel and perform in safety.’

Lynne Parker, Founder and Chief Executive of Funny Women

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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

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