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.

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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Documentary Film Fund opens for third round

- The Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund sponsored by OUTtv Media Global and Aberystwyth Unive

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Reviews & Features

Reflecting on a Year of Progress and Growth at Iris – 2023 Wrapped

Award-Winning Moments and International Recognition The 17th edition of the Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film

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Iris Events

Join us for the upcoming Iris events!

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