Creative England has greenlit six comedy short films as part of iShorts+ Funny Girls.
iShorts+ Funny Girls is run in partnership with the BFI NET.WORK, alongside Big Talk and Baby Cow, two of the most established and successful comedy film and television production companies in the UK.
Over 240 teams applied to the nationwide search, designed to find bold, entertaining and original stories from exciting new female directors across England, all with a burning ambition to build a successful career in screen comedy.
After workshops with some of the UK's best comedy talent, including Damon Beesley and Simon Bird ('The Inbetweeners'), Tess Morris ('Man Up'), and Declan Lowney ('Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), six teams emerged victorious.
Each 'Funny Girl' team will receive £10,000 from Creative England towards the budget of their short film. Greenlit stories boast a range of diverse and unusual topics, from a twisted love triangle between a man, woman and giant poodle to a surreal workplace fantasy sporting an enigmatic grenade-touting heroine. The winning teams will also receive mentoring from top film and television comedy talent.