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Phoebe Frances Brown was a hugely talented writer and performer who lost her battle with brain cancer in April 2022 aged just 29. She brought immense wit and warmth to all her work on stage and screen and was a founder member of the all-female comedy collective Major Labia.


The Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund is a £1000 grant that Mister Tibbs will award to an up and coming female filmmaker with a comedy idea they want to produce.

So if you’re a writer, director, producer, performer, animator, or some combination of those disciplines, if you identify as female, and if you make comedy, then we want to hear from you.

To apply there are two things we need from you. A written statement and an example of your work.

YOUR STATEMENT should be 500 words tops (or you can record a 3 minute video/audio clip if you find that easier). Your statement should give us a sense of your filmmaking experience to date, what you aim to achieve in your career and how this grant might help move you towards those goals. Tell us a bit about the project you want to make and how £1000 would help you produce it.

YOUR WORK SAMPLE can be anything: an unmade script, a previous sketch, a short film or a live show excerpt. Show us something that you’ve created which gives us a sense of your voice and your tone (and please send links not large attachments wherever possible).


  • The deadline for applications is Friday June 16th 2023.
  • Mister Tibbs will arrange follow up conversations with shortlisted applicants through July.
  • The winner will be informed on Friday August 4th 2023.
  • Mister Tibbs will screen your work to industry professionals in London and in Manchester in January 2024 but they can only do so if you deliver your finished film on or before December 31st.

Please note: this grant is only available to applicants who identify as female. You must be based in the UK and aged 18 or over to apply.

Please also note: Hampstead Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse run a very similar scheme for new playwrights called “The Phoebe Frances Brown Award”. So if you write for stage you might be better served by their scheme than by the one by Mister Tibbs, which is strictly for screen.

You can apply to the Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund by submitting an application form HERE.


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