By Berwyn Rowlands
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06 April 2016
• Movie Maker‘s annual list of the 50 film festivals worth the entry fee announced.

• Movie Maker Magazine - the world’s most widely read independent film magazine.

The Iris Prize Festival team are celebrating having been recognised as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth paying the entry fee by Movie Maker Magazine for

Movie Maker logothe second year. The annual list is produced by the world’s most widely read independent film magazine and is an indication of how useful a film festival is for film makers.

“This is amazing news for the Iris Prize, especially in it’s 10th anniversary year. We’ve always respected film makers and those who come to the festival are very well looked after with most becoming life-long members of the Iris family. I’m delighted with the recognition from Movie Maker and hope it will encourage more film makers to consider getting involved with the Iris Prize,” said Andrew Pierce, Festival Chair.

“As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we have decided to increase the number of partner festivals from 20 to 25 making sure we get to see the very best LGBT content from all four corners of the globe, and giving more film makers than ever before the chance to be part of the Iris family.” He added

“These are the festivals that will, most likely, form the backbone of your journey on the circuit this year. Careers have been forged in their fires. Your film will find an intelligent, engaged audience who really gets it. Your social media accounts will blow up with future collaborators. You’ll party with crowds you never thought you’d meet, in locales you never thought you’d visit, with drinks you never thought you’d be sipping. And you may well find distribution along the way,” said, Movie Maker Magazine.

Submissions are now open for the 2016 Iris Prize Festival and will close on Friday 1st July 2016.

“Thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation, the Iris Prize continues to be the only LGBT short film prize valued at £30,000, which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance,” said Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands.

“I’m very proud of our track record in supporting new talent, having worked with film makers from all over the world and look forward to working with Arkasha Stevenson from the US who will be responsible for the 8th short film,” he added.

You can view the full list HERE

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