The Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival sponsored by FROOT and Aberystwyth University have established a fund to finance documentary film (Running time: 22/25 Minutes or 40 Minutes) produced by emerging British LGBTQ+ filmmakers. The fund will award up-to £20000 towards a production annually for at least three years. Key dates for the second year are listed below.

Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund

Dr Somina ‘Mena’ Fombo is the first Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund recipient.


  1. Monday 16 January 2023 – Open the call for applications.
  2. FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2023 – Last date for the receipt of applications.
  3. APRIL 2023 – Shortlisting process.
  4. TUESDAY 2 MAY 2023 – Shortlist announced. Between 3 and 6 projects max.
  5. JUNE / JULY 2023 – Summer School in Aberystwyth with support of the Theatre Film and Television Department at Aberystwyth University.
  6. AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2023 – Announce the selected project commission.


The Iris Prize will oversee the intake and shortlisting of the applications to the Fund. The Iris Prize Team will be headed by Berwyn Rowlands (Festival Director) and Angela Clarke (BAFTA nominated Documentary film maker). OMG shall make the final selection from the shortlist provided by the Iris Prize.


The initial application will require the following elements:

  1. Project Title
  2. Sentence describing project
  3. Paragraph describing project
  4. Film maker statement explaining why their project should be financed
  5. Examples of relevant work to support the application
  6. Key talent CVs.


Individuals living in the UK can apply. The fund will be interested in supporting filmmakers who identify as part of communities that are underrepresented in the film industry, including, but not limited to, black, Asian, and minority ethnic people and women.


OUTtv Media Global Inc will make sure that the finished film is seen by securing the following rights to the Film in all media for twenty-five (25) years. This will cover:

  • The exclusive Linear Broadcast Rights for Canada
  • The exclusive Expanded Broadcast Rights in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States; and
  • The non-exclusive Expanded Broadcast Rights in the rest of the world.
  • The filmmaker retains all other rights.


The applications shall be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria, in no particular order of importance:

  1. Creative elements: originality of the subject matter/point of view
  2. Creativity, discoverability
  3. Diversity of the creative team
  4. Degree of relevance of the subject matter to the LGBTQ+ community
  5. Track record of the producer/director.