Key Dates

8 January Submissions OPEN
8 January – 29 March Early Bird Submissions
30 March – 1 June Regular Submissions
2 June – 24 June Late Submissions
24 June Submissions CLOSED
8 August Best British Shortlist announced
13 August Iris Prize Shortlist announced


A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected for the 12th Iris Prize, 15 entries for the Iris Prize Best British Short, and up to 12 feature films will screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from Tuesday 9 –  Sunday 14 October 2018.

Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for a third year in 2017, the six-day event is famed for its friendly atmosphere, with each year seeing more filmmakers and film lovers from around the world adopted into the Iris family. As well as the chance to watch the best in current LGBT filmmaking, the festival features everything from one-off special events and nightly parties to a glittering award show that is often referred to as ‘the gay short film Oscars’.

The Iris Prize gives out six film awards at the annual festival in October each year, including the Iris Prize (supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation), which at £30,000 is the largest LGBT short film prize in the world.

Submission Terms and Conditions