Submissions for 2019 now closed

Want to be in with a chance to win £30,000 to make your next LGBT+ short film? Submissions will reopen in January 2020 exclusively through FilmFreeway.  

Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals for filmmakers by MovieMaker Magazine for a fourth year in 2018, the six-day event is famed for its friendly atmosphere. Each year sees more filmmakers and film lovers from around the world adopted into the ever-expanding Iris family. As well as the chance to watch the very 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 thirteenth 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 8 –  Sunday 13 October 2019.

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