Iris Prize Festival

Iris Prize Festival
c/o The Festivals Company Ltd
Ty Cefn, Rectory Road
CARDIFF, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 29 20232744

Tue 8th Oct to Sun 13th Oct
Submission deadline: Sun 23rd Jun 19

Festival Overview

The Iris Prize - Cardiff's International LGBT short film prize is the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need - funding, support and guidance.
The Iris Prize is presented annually during the Iris Prize Festival which takes place in Cardiff, Wales. The full programme includes new feature films, the Producers Forum a full day industry event, parties, a glittering awards show and of course, screenings of all 35 short films competing for the Iris Prize.

Iris is also the God of the rainbow - universally adopted as a symbol of sexual diversity. She is also a messenger - and Iris is a network for celebrating the work of our 25 festival partners, film-makers and friends who return to Iris year on year.


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 2020 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 2020 Iris Prize Best British Short Jury;

Iris Prize Youth Jury Award for Best Short – sponsored by Cardiff University.


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Known festival contacts Contacts
Grant Vidgen
Film Festival
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Recent Festival News News
14th Jan 2019 2019 Submissions Open
11th Sep 2017 2017 Iris Prize shortlist
28th Sep 2014 2014 Iris Prize shortlist confirmed


Open to the public


Any film maker who identifies as LGBT+ or has made a film of particular interest to a LGBT+ audience.


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