The Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival has established a fund (up to £20,000) to finance documentary films (running time: 22/25 minutes or 40 minutes) produced by emerging UK-based LGBTQ+ filmmakers. The Documentary Film Finance Fund is sponsored by OUTflix and Aberystwyth University. Find out the key dates for 2024 below:

The fund is now closed for applications!

If you have any questions regarding the fund feel free to email

2024 Key Dates

  • Tuesday 13 February – Open the call for applications
  • Thursday 29 February, 2024 – Zoom call with Angela Clarke and Grant Vidgen for interested filmmakers
  • Sunday 31 March, 2024 – Last date for the receipt of applications
  • April 2024 – Shortlisting process
  • Thursday 2 May, 2024 – Shortlist announced. Between 3 and 6 projects maximum
  • June/July 2024 – Summer School in Aberystwyth (TBC) with support of the Theatre Film and Television Department at Aberystwyth University
  • August/September 2024 – Announce the selected project commission

If you have any questions regarding the fund feel free to email


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). OUTflix 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 with stories that are set in the UK. 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.

Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund - 2nd Recipient

Ira Putilova is the second Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund recipient

Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund - 1st Recipient

“Some Girls Hate Dresses” by Somina Fombo, the first recipient of The Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund, had its global streaming premiere on OUTtv Media Global on 4 January 2024.