Iris is the home of LGBT+ filmmaking.

A BAFTA-qualifying festival, Iris has also been identified as one of the best 50 film festivals in the world for filmmakers by MovieMaker Magazine 4 years in a row. The festival prides itself on sharing the very best of LGBT+ filmmaking in Cardiff each October. This is supported through a worldwide network of 25 partner festivals in 19 countries who nominate films each year, alongside open submissions.

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

  • 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 Best British Jury;
  • Iris Prize Best Feature Award – sponsored by Bad Wolf;
  • 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.