Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival culminates with an award ceremony, announcing winners in 11 categories. The Iris Prize awards are decided by a jury of figures from the world of film and the LGBT+ community.

The main award, the Iris Prize, is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The Iris Prize is the largest short film prize in the world, with the winner receiving £30,000 to make their next short film. The Iris Prize offers a very rare opportunity to develop a new LGBT+ short film, fully funded and benefiting from the best support, equipment, and crew the UK has to offer.

To date, 11 short films have been produced with the winning Iris Prize filmmakers, with the 12th and 13th in pre-production.

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The Iris Prize Awards & Prizes

  • Iris Prize – Sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the winner will receive the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world – valued at £30,000. They will be invited back to the UK to make another LGBT+ short film, benefiting from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the country, and are offered the chance to sit on the Iris Prize International Jury the following year.
  • Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4 –The winner will receive an exclusive screening of their film in the deluxe John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet, and a welcome reception with drinks and canapes sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group. They will also be invited to be part of the 2023 Iris Prize Best British Jury. All films in the Best British 2022 shortlist will be broadcast on Film4 and streamed on their online streaming service, All4. A licence fee will be paid to all shortlisted Best British filmmakers.
  • Best Performance in Female Role in a British short – £250 cash to the performer, sponsored by Out & Proud
  • Best Performance in a Male Role in a British short – £250 cash to the performer, sponsored by Out & Proud.
  • Iris Prize Best Feature Award 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.
  • Iris Prize Youth Jury Award Sponsored by Cardiff University for Best Short chosen by a jury of young people.
  • 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. These three awards are sponsored by Mark Williams in memory of Rose Taylor.

An A-list BAFTA-qualifying festival, Iris has also been identified as one of the “50 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times. The festival prides itself on sharing the very best of LGBT+ filmmaking in Cardiff each October. This is supported through a worldwide network of partner festivals in 19 countries who nominate films each year, alongside open submissions.