Submissions Now Open

Early Bird Submissions for Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2021 are open now via FilmFreeway

Early Bird Deadline – 31st March
Regular Deadline
– 1st June
Late Deadline
– 22nd June

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15 years of sharing the best 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, the prize allows the winner to make their next LGBT+ short film here in Cardiff.

Iris also works with Film4 to share all Best British shortlisted films on All 4, the UK’s largest free streaming platform.

Find out more about the festival categories and awards


What happens at Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival?

  • See the very best LGBT+ short films and features
  • Panel discussions about filmmaking and LGBT life
  • Filmmaker Q&As with every short film screening
  • Special events and networking opportunities
  • Legendary parties

Iris is open, friendly and collaborative, with hundreds welcomed into our worldwide Iris Family every year. Iris Prize is an BAFTA A-list qualifying festival. We have also been identified as one of the “50 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times, most recently in 2020.


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

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