Category Description: Iris Prize

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25 June 2017. No work will be accepted after this date.

The Prize

The winner of the Iris Prize 2017 will be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2018 Iris Prize International Jury, and will receive the largest LGBT short film prize in the world – valued at £30,000. The winner will be invited back to the United Kingdom to make another short film, and will benefit from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the UK, recognised worldwide as the filmmakers’ preferred destination.

Exhibition format

DCP (preferred), .MOV, .MPEG

We screen in 1.85 flat, and 2.35 scope.

Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for on-line screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

Preview format

We now ONLY accept on-line screeners for preview purposes (WAB secure screener, FilmFreeway secure screener, or Vimeo/YouTube). We do not accept DVDs/Blu-Rays.

Press kit

Digital press kit required after acceptance.

Category rules

To be eligible for the Iris Prize your short film must be 39 minutes or less, and should be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline (between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).

A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected to compete for the Iris Prize, and screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival. Iris partner festivals will nominate 25 of the shorts, and 10 will be selected from open submissions by a pre-selection jury.

Viewing by the pre-selection jury will take place after submissions close in July 2017.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Successful entrants will be informed that their work has been shortlisted by early August 2017. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.

Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Sunday 25 June 2017.

We are sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2016 is ineligible to compete.

If shortlisted, you must submit your work to be exhibited as an .H264 digital file, ProRes digital file, or a DCP.

Production information, director’s biography and image, and film stills are essential publicity materials. Please ensure that all images are of the highest quality possible. All digital images must be JPEG or TIFF format and at least 1200 x 900 pixels. Materials will be requested when you are notified of acceptance.

The Festivals Company Limited and the Iris Prize accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any exhibition material whilst in transit.

All shortlisted entrants are strongly encouraged to attend the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, and every effort will be made to provide them with accommodation.

Iris Prize Outreach

We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia, and develop an audience for LGBT film. As part of this work we would like you, if selected for the shortlist, to grant us a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your film in programmes offered as part of this activity.

Category Description: Iris Prize Best British Short

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25 June 2017. No work will be accepted after this date.

The Prize

The winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short 2017 will be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2018 Iris Prize International Jury, and receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000.

Exhibition format

DCP (preferred), .MOV, .MPEG

We screen in 1.85 flat, and 2.35 scope.

Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for on-line screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

Preview format

We now ONLY accept on-line screeners for preview purposes (WAB secure screener, FilmFreeway secure screener, or Vimeo/YouTube). We do not accept DVDs/Blu-Rays.

Press kit

Digital press kit required after acceptance.

Category rules

To be eligible for the Iris Prize Best British Short you should be a UK citizen or have been resident in the UK for at least three consecutive years prior to submitting your film.

All entries must be 39 minutes or less, and should be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline (between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).

A shortlist of 15 entries will be selected to compete for the Iris Prize Best British Short, and screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival. Iris partner festivals will nominate 5 of the shorts, and 10 will be selected from open submissions by a pre-selection jury.

Viewing by the pre-selection jury will take place after submissions close in July 2017.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Successful entrants will be informed that their work has been shortlisted by early August 2017. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.

Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Sunday 25 June 2017.

We are sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2016 is ineligible to compete.

If shortlisted, you must submit your work to be exhibited as an .H264 digital file, ProRes digital file, or a DCP.

Production information, director’s biography and image, and film stills are essential publicity materials. Please ensure that all images are of the highest quality possible. All digital images must be JPEG or TIFF format and at least 1200 x 900 pixels. Materials will be requested when you are notified of acceptance.

The Festivals Company Limited and the Iris Prize accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any exhibition material whilst in transit. All shortlisted entrants are strongly encouraged to attend the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, and every effort will be made to provide them with accommodation.

Iris Prize Outreach

We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia, and develop an audience for LGBT film. As part of this work we would like you, if selected for the shortlist, to grant us a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your film in programmes offered as part of this activity.

Category Description: best feature

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25 June 2017. No work will be accepted after this date.

The Prize

Any feature film 40 minutes or longer will be eligible for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award.  Please note: any feature film selected to appear in the 2017 Iris Prize Festival programme will only be eligible for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award and NOT the Iris Prize, which is for short films ONLY.

Exhibition format

If selected, you must be able to submit your work to be exhibited on DCP, or Blu-Ray (Note we cannot exhibit using other formats).

We screen in 1.85 flat, and 2.35 scope.

Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for on-line screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

Preview format

We now ONLY accept on-line screeners for preview purposes (WAB secure screener, FilmFreeway secure screener, or Vimeo/YouTube). We do not accept DVDs/Blu-Rays.

Press kit

Digital press kit required after acceptance.

Category rules

All entries should be by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline (That is they must have been completed between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).

We’re sorry but any work submitted for consideration in 2016 is ineligible.

We screen in 1.85 flat, and 2.35 scope.

Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for on-line screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

Digital press kit required after acceptance.

Production information, director’s biography and image, and film stills are essential publicity materials. Please ensure that all images are of the highest quality possible. All digital images must be JPEG or TIFF format and at least 1200 x 900 pixels. Materials will be requested when you are notified of acceptance.

The Festivals Company Limited and the Iris Prize accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any exhibition material whilst in transit.


 Terms & Conditions

  1. All entries should be by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline (That is they must have been completed between 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).
  2. All short films must having a running time of 39 minutes or less. Any work with a longer running time will be considered a feature.
  3. There are three awards:
    • The Iris Prize will be awarded by an international jury to the short film that in their opinion represents the best of those works shortlisted for the Prize.
    • The Iris Prize Best British Short will be awarded by an independent jury to the best short film made by a United Kingdom citizen or UK resident of 3 or more years.
    • The Iris Prize Best Feature Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best feature.
  4. All entrants must certify that appropriate copyright clearance for public exhibition of the work in the United Kingdom has been obtained. Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified.
  5. By submitting your work to the Iris Prize Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibt your work (if selected) theatrically during the 2017 Iris Prize Festival. Shortlisted film makers are encouraged to also license their work for use in secure on-line streaming in the United Kingdom for one month after the theatrical exhibition. In addition, you also grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to use an excerpt of your submission up to two minutes in length for promotional purposes only, and without limitation as to time in all media including but not limited to internet and television broadcast.
  6. It is the intention of the Iris Prize to compile a selection of the shortlisted entries for the Prize (Best of Iris 2017) to be made available as a package to festivals worldwide to promote Iris and the shortlisted entries. By entering your work, you agree to have your entry included as part of the package (exceptions can be made if requested).
  7. We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia, and develop an audience for LGBT film. As part of this work we would like you, if selected for the shortlist, to grant us a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your film in programmes offered as part of this activity.
  8. 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.
  9. The international juries will comprise of film makers and film industry personnel invited by the festival to fulfil the duties allocated to them. The decision of the juries and the festival will be final.
  10. The Iris Prize Festival takes place in Cardiff, Wales – part of the United Kingdom. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.