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BCG Pro Talent Awards: Production

BCG Pro Talent Awards: Production

The BCG Pro Talent Award for Production runs from February to April each year.

What is it?

We want to find and encourage the best new and upcoming creative comedy talent. For this Production contest, we're looking for those who make content. If you're a producer, cinematographer, editor, director, podcast creator or fill a similar behind-the-scenes role we'd like you to submit your best work to us for the consideration of our esteemed judging panel.

What can I win?

Aside from bragging rights, shortlisted finalists will get the opportunity to have their work showcased here at British Comedy Guide and to the industry in BCG Pro. The BCG Pro Starter member with the best entry will also receive mentoring and advice.

Best of all, we hope to offer the selected winner of the main BCG Pro contest (for those on the full BCG Pro package) an exciting mentoring and work experience opportunity.

All prizes are subject to change.

How do I enter?

We want video and audio submissions: short films, sketches, or a podcast or audio clip. As we're looking to shine a light on up-and-coming talent, this competition is for content made independently rather than for a distributor/broadcaster like the BBC, nor with/by a major production company.

Each BCG Pro member may submit one entry to the contest, either by themselves as an individual or on behalf of a partnership or group. Entries can be in the form of a full production or a highlights package, and whilst they can be of any length, we'd suggest a 3-minute ballpark is the best duration.

The contest will return early in 2021.

2020 contest

The winners

BCG Pro: Big Red Button (director)

BCG Pro Starter: Melon Comedy (editor)

The judges

Kenton Allen.
Andrew Chaplin.
Ben Farrell.
Gill Isles.
Lucy Lumsden.

Kenton Allen. Kenton is Chief Executive at the acclaimed ITV-backed film and television production house Big Talk. His credits range from The Royle Family to Him & Her, and Cold Feet to Mum.

Andrew Chaplin. Now in high demand, director Andrew's recent credits include GameFace, Witless, Mister Winner and Alma's Not Normal.

Ben Farrell. Ben is a producer and executive, who is currently Chief Creative Officer at production company Objective Fiction.

Gill Isles. Gill is an award-winning freelance producer with credits including Car Share, Man Like Mobeen, Ideal and Gavin & Stacey.

Lucy Lumsden. Previously head of comedy at both Sky and the BBC, Lucy now heads her own independent production company, Yellow Door.


This competition is open for entries from 1st February 2021 until 23:59 on 30th April 2021. Do not leave it until the day of deadline to submit your entry as you will leave yourself no time for troubleshooting. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Each BCG Pro subscriber can submit one project into the competition for consideration. You may use your entry opportunity to submit a project on behalf of a team/collective, although it will be judged on a single criteria of your choosing. I.e. if you select 'Director', then the judges will look at the direction skills shown. If other crew members wish to be judged on their own skill area, they will need to submit separately.

Any material can be submitted, provided there is a web link to it. However, the judges are unlikely to have time to view full productions over 10 minutes in length, and in such cases they will focus on a random sample from the full production. You may wish to edit and submit highlights to circumvent this. If you have made a series, you'll need to pick the strongest episode to submit.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

Please ensure you are credited on the submitted work, to prove you had a hand in creating it. The credit can be on-screen text, read in audio, or in the description on the hosting platform.

Submissions must have been published/released no sooner than 1st January 2020. If the material has not been publicly released, it must have been produced after 1st January 2020. This award is for up-and-coming talent, and thus material produced for major distributors - including television and radio channels - or with the backing of major production companies, cannot be considered.

BCG Pro is facilitating a connection between the winning entrant and the placement company, and cannot be held in any way responsible for the provision or delivery of the work experience/mentoring opportunity once the winner has been picked. It is the right of the company to amend or withdraw any offer of assistance, advice, or other contact with the winning entrant, should they feel it necessary to do so. The winner will need to liaise with the company in order to arrange a mutually agreeable schedule. Neither British Comedy Guide nor the company are obligated to provide such services, although they will endeavour to do so. Unless agreed otherwise with the company in arranging the placement, the winner shall be liable for travel and/or accommodation.

No cash or other alternative prize will be offered.

Whilst you may enter this competition if you are under 18 years old or living outside the UK, please be aware the production placement prize is only available to entrants aged 18 or over, who reside in the UK.