1. All entries should be related to or be of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBT+) audiences and completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline.
2. Community and Education short films must have a running time of 20 minutes or less. Films submitted for the Micro Short category must be 2 minutes or less. Any films that exceed these limits will not be viewed by the pre-selection panel.
3. The Iris Prize Community Award is open to UK based community groups. We consider a Community Group to be a group which works for the public benefit or the benefit of its members, or a group who share a common interest (such as sports teams; choirs etc.) Charities or public sector organisations can submit under this category, but we do not accept submissions from commercial businesses.
4. The Iris Prize Education Award is open to schools/colleges/other education establishments or youth groups based in the UK. At least 90% of participants involved in making the film must be under the age of 20 years.
5. The Iris Prize Micro Short Award is open to any individual or group based in the UK.
6. All entrants must certify that appropriate copyright clearance for public exhibition of the work in the United Kingdom has been obtained.
7. Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for online screeners but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.
8. By submitting your work to the Iris Prize Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your work (if selected) theatrically during Iris on the Move 2023 and at other events. In addition, you also grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to use an excerpt of your submission for promotional purposes only, and without limitation as to time in all media including but not limited to internet and television broadcast.
9. Iris Prize Outreach also undertakes education and outreach work throughout the year to challenge discrimination of LGBT+ people and to develop an audience for LGBT+ film. By submitting your film to us you grant us a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your film in programmes offered as part of this activity.
10. The Iris Prize Festival, The Iris Prize, and Iris Prize Outreach are trading styles of The Festivals Company Limited. The Festivals Company Limited reserves the right to vary the programme and detail of the Iris Prize Festival and Iris Prize competition in the light of commercial, economic or other operating requirements.
11. The juries will comprise of film makers and film industry personnel. The decision of the juries and the festival will be final.
12. The prize money will be payable to the school/college/education establishment/youth group or community group and not to any individual with the exception of the Micro Award category.
13. Photographs of participants attending the awards event will be shared on social media. Please let us know if we may not take photos of any participants.
14. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.