The Iris Prize is a film and media organisation committed to increasing audiences for LGBTQ+ stories. Our main projects include the annual Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival and Iris on the Move, our UK wide touring programme. Our partnership with Film4 / Channel 4 delivers a million viewers for our Best British programme of shorts films. We also support the production of new content via the £30,000 Iris Prize; our Documentary Film Finance Fund invests £20,000 annually in one British documentary; and our community work funded by the Lottery Community Fund will soon have produced 50 short films! Iris also runs LGBTQ+ education and community outreach projects in Wales & the UK throughout the year.

Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival brings filmmakers from around the world to Cardiff, Wales, UK. Iris is home to the largest short film prize in the world – the coveted £30,000 Iris Prize. Supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, the prize allows the winner to make their next LGBTQ+ short film here in Cardiff. The 18th festival will take place in person from 8 – 13 October 2024. And Iris Online will be available for viewers in the UK until the end of October.

Iris also works with Film4 to share all Best British shortlisted films which is streaming now on Channel 4., the UK’s biggest free streaming service.

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Bad Wolf announces increased funding for Iris Prize in 18th year

As part of Bad Wolf’s commitment to diverse & inclusive workplaces, the company has pledged £10k

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Reviews & Features

LUMI at Iris Prize Film Festival 2023

As a LUMI programmer, I had the chance to find out when I travelled to Cardiff to join the 17th edit

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Join us for the Iris Summer Party

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