Iris Film Festival – Deadline 04/07/15

LGBT Film Festival held in Cardiff from 7-11 October 2015.


The Iris Prize, awarded to the best LGBT short film, has been increased from £25,000 to £30,000.

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The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International lgbt short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation is the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. 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 next festival takes place from 7 – 11 October 2015.
The 2015 programme will include upto 20 new feature films, screenings of all 30 short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 10 competing for the Best British Short, the Producers Forum, talks and lots of parties! Our country focus for 2015 will be Ireland.
Iris is also the God of the rainbow – universally adopted as a symbol of sexual diversity. She is also a messenger – and this website is a network for celebrating the work of our festival partners, film-makers and friends.


Submissions for 2015 will open on MONDAY 12 January!

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 4 July 2013 and 4 July 2015.)
Any short film of 39 minutes or less which meets these criteria will be eligible for The Iris Prize 2015. The winner of The Iris Prize 2015 will be invited to make another short film using a package of services and facilities valued at £30 000 suported by The Michael Bishop Foundation.
Any short film of 39 minutes or less which is made by a film maker who is a United Kingdom citizen or who has been resident in the United Kindgom for at least three years prior to the submission deadline will also be eligible for the Best British Short Award with a package of sound post production support valued at £14,000 sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group.
Any feature film will be eligible for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award. The recipient of this Award is decided by an independent jury.
A shortlist of 30 short films and upto 20 features films will be selected to screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival, which will be held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 7 – 11 October 2015 incluslive.
All short film entries must be no longer than 39 minutes in length.
We’re sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2014 is ineligible to compete.
A fully completed entry form and submission fee must accompany each submission (short or feature). If you are submitting more than one film, please complete a separate submission form for each entry.