Submissions for Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2021 will open on Friday 8 January 2021 via FilmFreeway


Now in our 15th year of celebrating LGBT+ film, Iris Prize LGBT+ 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, which allows the winner to make their next LGBT+ short film here in Cardiff.

As well as the chance to see the very best in current LGBT+ short and feature filmmaking, the festival shares panel discussions, special events and legendary parties. We are renowned for our open, friendly and collaborative atmosphere, which sees hundreds welcomed into our worldwide Iris Family every year.

Iris Prize is an A-list BAFTA qualifying festival and has been identified as one of the “50 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times, most recently in 2020. For a second year running, all 15 Best British shortlisted films will be broadcast on Film4 after the festival, and available on Film4 via All 4 for one year.

A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected for the Iris Prize, 15 entries for the Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4, and up to 12 feature films. These will screen as part of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival held in Cardiff, Wales, UK in October 2021 both online and in person.

We offer a 100% fee waiver to all Iris Alumni. If you have previously screened at film at Iris, please contact info@Irisprize.org to obtain the waiver code.

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