Submissions for 2018 are now closed

Thank you for so many wonderful submissions from around the world in 2018! If you have submitted a film, successful filmmakers will be notified in July. The announcement of the Best British shortlist will be on Wed 8 August, and Iris Prize on Mon 13 August. 

Submissions will be reopened in January 2019.


Want to be in with a chance to win £30,000 to make your next LGBT+ short film?

Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for a fourth year in 2018, 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.

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.

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