A new UK comedy writing competition, supported by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK Film Council and Working Title Films, has been launched to help aspiring writers break into the film and television world.

Writers will be able to submit their scripts until the end of February 2010, when they will then be judged by an industry panel made up of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Dan Mazer (pictured), Kenton Allen (Big Talk Productions), Sally Caplan (UK Film Council), Amelia Granger (Working Title Films) and Sarah Farrell (Comedy Central).

The winning screenplay will be made into a short film, which will be funded by CTBF and the UKFC. The writer will also receive a $1622 (£1000) cash prize from Working Title.

Norma Burke, who will be executive producing the winning short for N20 Entertainment said: “The UK is an amazing hotbed of comedy talent and this award is a fantastic opportunity for new writers or writers from disciplines such as stand up or theatre to show their funny bones on celluloid whilst working with a team of people who will support and nurture them”.

For more information about the competition see the CTBF website.