Cardiff’s International LGBT+ Short Film Prize

Iris is the home of LGBT+ filmmaking. Now a BAFTA qualifying festival, Iris has also been identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for 4 years in a row. The festival prides itself on sharing the best content from around the globe to our annual audience in Cardiff each October, made possible through our 25 partner festivals in 19 countries.

The Iris Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world. With the winner receiving £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK, Iris is exactly what film makers need – funding, support, guidance and of course a warm welcome into the Iris Prize family.

To date 9 short films have been produced with the winning filmmakers of the Iris Prize, with the 10th currently in post-production.

The Iris Prize Awards:

Often referred to as the Gay Oscars, every Iris Prize Festival ends with a glittering award show where the winners of the following prizes are announced:

  • Iris Prize – Sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the winner will receive the largest LGBT short film prize in the world – valued at £30,000. They will be invited back to the UK to make another short film, benefiting from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the country, and are offered the chance to sit on the 2019 Iris Prize International Jury;
  • Iris Prize Best British Short – The winner will receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000, and be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2019 Iris Prize International Jury;
  • Iris Prize Best Feature Award – sponsored by Buzz Magazine;
  • Iris Prize Best  Performance in a Male Role in a feature film sponsored by Attitude Magazine;
  • Iris Prize Best Performance in a Female Role in a feature film sponsored by DIVA Magazine;
  • Iris Prize Youth Jury Award for Best Short – sponsored by Cardiff University.