Iris Prize

The deadline for submissions is Monday 22 June 2020. No work will be accepted after this date.

The Prize

The winner of the Iris Prize 2020 will receive the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world – valued at £30,000 – in order to to make another LGBT+ short film in the United Kingdom. The winner will also be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2021 Iris Prize International Jury.

CATEGORY RULES

  • All entries must be 39 minutes or less, and should be 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 2018 and 1 July 2020).
  • We have no restrictions regarding short films that have previously been or are currently available online, or which have been broadcast on television.
  • A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected to compete for the Iris Prize and screen as part of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Iris partner festivals will nominate 20 of the shorts, and 15 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 2020.
  • 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 2020. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.
  • Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Monday 22 June 2020
  • We are sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2019 is ineligible to compete.
  • If shortlisted, you must submit your work to be exhibited as an .H264 digital file or ProRes digital file, plus a DCP if you have one available.
  • 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 should be JPEG 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 LGBT+ Film Festival in Cardiff, and every effort will be made to provide them with accommodation.

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 online screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

PREVIEW FORMAT

We ONLY accept online screeners for preview purposes, and all submissions must be made through FilmFreeway.

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.


Iris Prize Best British Short supported by film4 

The deadline for submissions is Monday 22 June 2020. No work will be accepted after this date.

THE PRIZE

The winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4 2020 will be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2021 Iris Prize International Jury and receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000.

BEST BRITISH AND FILM4

All films accepted into the 2020 Best British Shortlist will screen on Film4 at a date after the festival and be hosted online on All 4 for one year from 1 November.

This is a condition of festival acceptance – If your film is selected you MUST agree to screen on Film4 and be hosted online by All 4.

Film4 Rights filmmakers must assign:

  • Exclusive right for Channel 4 Television Corporation to exploit the films in the UK & Ireland on their linear licensed services including internet transmission for one year from 1 November;
  • Exclusive right for Channel 4 Television for streaming and temporary download on demand in the UK & Ireland for one year from 1 November;
  • Exclusive right for Channel 4 Television Corporation to temporary sideload films via their platforms, approved third party platforms and any devices with the appropriate functionality for one year from 1 November.

Filmmakers are still free to:

  • Screen online everywhere apart from UK & Ireland (e.g. streaming must be geolocked so that it doesn’t clash with C4’s rights);
  • Exhibit the film theatrically – even in the UK;
  • Distribute the film on physical media for home entertainment;
  • Make the film available on a Transactional Video on Demand service;
  • Make the film available on a Download -to-Own basis.

 

CATEGORY RULES

  • To be eligible for the Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4 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 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 2018 and 1 July 2020).
  • We have no restrictions regarding short films that have previously been, or are currently available online, or which have been broadcast on television.
  • A shortlist of 15 entries will be selected to compete for the Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4, and screen as part of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film 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 2020.
  • 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 2020. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.
  • Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Monday 22 June 2020
  • We are sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2019 is ineligible to compete.
  • If shortlisted, you must submit your work to be exhibited as an .H264 digital file or ProRes digital file, plus a DCP if you have one available.
  • 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 should be JPEG 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 LGBT+ Film Festival in Cardiff, and every effort will be made to provide them with accommodation.

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 online screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

PREVIEW FORMAT

We ONLY accept online screeners for preview purposes, and all submissions must be made through FilmFreeway.

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.

best feature

The deadline for submissions is Monday 22 June 2020. 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 2020 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.  (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 online screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

Preview format

We ONLY accept online screeners for preview purposes, and all submissions should be made through FilmFreeway.

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 2018 and 1 July 2020).
  • We’re sorry but any work submitted for consideration in 2019 is ineligible.
  • 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 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 2018 and 1 July 2020).
  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 six 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.
    • The Best Performance in a Female Role Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a female role.
    • The Best Performance in a Male Role Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a male role.
    • The Youth Jury Award will be shortlisted from the Iris Prize and Best British shortlists by a jury of young people, and the award winner voted for by young audiences.
  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 exhibit your work (if selected) theatrically during the 2020 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 2019) 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.