SUBmissions are open for the iris prize festival 2016

Submitting is now easier than ever! Follow one of the links below to be in with a chance of your film featuring at our 2016 festival, along with the opportunity to win one of our six coveted Iris awards.



Submissions Open: 11 January 2016
Earlybird Deadline: 30 March 2016
Regular Deadline: 01 June 2016
Late Deadline / Submissions Close: 01 July 2016


A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected for the Iris Prize, 15 entries for the Iris Prize Best British Short, and up to 20 feature films will screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 12 – 16 October 2016.

Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for the second year, our slogan is “Watch films. Party Nightly. Repeat.” Celebrating its 10th birthday in 2016, the five-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.

To see the previous winners of the Iris Prize awards, please click here.

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