Iris Awards

Iris Awards show 2023

Followed by the Iris Loves after party at 10pm at Clwb Iris, Stadium Plaza, Wood Street, Cardiff. CF10 1LA
After a week of watching the films and talking about the films we get to discover who the juries believe deserve the awards. This is always a very special evening as we meet to celebrate excellence in storytelling. 13 Award will be presented on the night in the following categories:

Short Film Awards: 

  • Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation

The largest LGBTQ+ short film prize in the world with £30,000 to make your next LGBTQ+ short and an invitation to sit on the 2024 International Jury.

  • Iris Prize Best British Short sponsored by Film4 and Pinewood Studios

The winner will receive an exclusive screening of their film at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet, and a welcome reception with drinks and canapés. All shortlisted British films will be broadcast on Channel 4 and streamed on their online streaming service.

And the following performance awards in a British short sponsored by Out & Proud with a cash award of £250 each.

  • Best British Performance in Female Role
  • Best British Performance in a Male Role
  • Best British Performance Beyond the Binary

  • Iris Prize Youth Jury Award

Sponsored by Cardiff University for Best Short chosen by a jury of young people.

Iris Prize Audience Award for best short film at Iris sponsored by the Co-op (presented in November)

Feature Film Awards: 

  • Iris Prize Best Feature Film Sponsored by Bad Wolf
  • Iris Prize Best Performance in a Male Role in a feature film sponsored by Attitude Magazine
  • Iris Prize Best Performance in a Female Role in a feature film sponsored by DIVA Magazine
  • Best Performance Beyond the Binary in a feature film, sponsored by Peccadillo Pictures

The following three awards are sponsored by Mark Williams in memory of Rose Taylor.

Community Award – £250 to enable the community group to make further films

Education Award – £250 to enable the school/youth group to make further films

Micro Short Award – £100 to enable the filmmaker/group to make further films


USW Atrium Theatre USW, Adam Street, Cardiff, CF24 2FN (October 14, 2023)