The SketchFest Awards - awarding awesomeness
As part of our commitment to artistic development, London SketchFest hosts a Best New Act comeptition, honouring outstanding work and highlighting the most successful new and unsigned acts.
Judged by an expert panel, these awards are our way of supporting new sketch comedy and paying recognition to great work. A symbol of excellence, our award logos are given out to winning troupes so you can be sure they're ones to watch.
A handpicked panel of industry professionals will be judging the awards, providing their expert opinion. Panel members for 2015 are:
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman Chief Comedy Reviewer
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph Comedy Editor
Sara Shulman, comedy blogedy Editor
Alex Hardy, The Times TV and Comedy Critic
Sharon Lougher, The Metro TV and Comedy Critic
In addition to our New Act competition, we also run a film competition for funny video sketches called Sketch Screen. Partnering with Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival we look for exceptional comedy film talent working with sketch comedy. To discover great talent we both scout and open submissions. We then screen a selection of the best in front of an expert panel of industry figures. The selected winner will receive the chance to shoot a new video with comedy director Dipak Patel.
The 2015 panel is TBA but Screen judges for 2014 were:
Director of Cofilmic, a unique talent network for comedy across TV, Film and live performance. We aim to discover and develop new comedy talent through festivals, competitions and courses.
Mike Leigh Associates is an agency representing some of the most exciting talent in the media today. The company prides itself on its reputation as a trustworthy agency that provides a personal and thorough service for its clients. Their client list includes well established household names in radio and television and fresh new acting and comedy talent who we believe to be the future faces and voices of broadcasting. Mike Leigh set up the agency in 2007 having previously represented talent at JGPM Ltd, Paul Duddridge Management and MK Management.
Former talent manager for BBC Comedy, Toby's responsibilities included finding new acts and exec-producing sketches for the BBC's online channels and stand-up DVD releases. He is currently working on a new online stand-up platform and is a consultant for comedy short film festival, CoFilmic.
Suzy is an Assistant Producer working for BBC Comedy with experience developing sketch and narrative comedy for TV and YouTube. Suzy has just finished making a comedy game show hosted by Joe Lycett and is now producing the launch film for the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards 2014.
In the hunt for great sketch comedy London SketchFest is going back to where it all begins – the writer’s room.
For 2015 we’re launching a new competition called Sketch Scribe, open to sketch and comedy writers to help shine a light on raw and undiscovered talent.
From written sketch submissions, we'll be picking 10 scripts and have them perfromed live by a sketch super-troupe (a sketch troupe made up of other well-known sketch troupes) in front of a panel of industry judges. The winner will win a one-on-one mentoring session with a professional script editor.
Judges for 2015 include:
Simon Nelson, BBC Writer's Room Development Producer