Now in its 14th year of celebrating LGBT+ film, the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival brings filmmakers and film lovers from all around the world to Cardiff. Iris is the home of the largest short film prize in the world, the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize which allows the winner to make their next LGBT+ short film.

Famed for its open, friendly atmosphere, each year sees more visitors adopted into the Iris family. As well as the chance to see the very best in current LGBT+ short and feature filmmaking, the festival offers legendary parties, panel discussions and special events. A BAFTA A-list qualifying festival, Iris has also been identified as one of the "50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times, including in 2020. For the first time in 2020, all Best British shortlisted films will available on Film4 after the festival via All 4. 

Iris Prize LGBT+ Festival will take place 6 - 11th October 2020 and has contingencies in place should the festival be forced to move online. We are delighted to confirm that the £30,000 Iris Prize to make another short film WILL be awarded in 2020, no matter what.

Iris Prize
The winner of the Iris Prize 2020 will receive the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world - £30,000 to make another short film in the UK, benefiting from the very best filming equipment and facilities. They will also be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2021 Iris Prize International Jury.

Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4
The winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short 2020 will receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000. They will also be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2021 Iris Prize Best British Jury. All films in the Best British 2020 shortlist will be broadcast on Film4 and streamed on their online streaming service, All 4. To be eligible 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 British short films will also be considered for the Iris Prize shortlist.

Iris Prize Best Feature
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.)

The Youth Jury Award
Shortlisted from the Iris Prize and Best British shortlists by a jury of young people, the award winner is voted for by young audiences.

The Best Performance in a Female Role Award
Awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a female role in a feature film.

The Best Performance in a Male Role Award
Awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a male role in a feature film.

1. As Iris is an LGBT+ film festival, all entries should be for, about or of significant interest to LGBT+ audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline. Films which do not fit this criteria will not be considered.

2. All short films must have a runtime of 39 minutes or less. Any work with a longer runtime will be considered a feature.

3. We have no restrictions regarding films that have previously been or are currently available online, or which have been broadcast on television.

4. To be eligible for the Iris Prize Best British Short you should be a UK citizen or have been resident in the UK for at least three consecutive years prior to submitting your film.

5. By submitting your work to the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your work (if selected) theatrically at Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. 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. 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 2020. This is a condition of festival acceptance - If your film is selected for the Best British shortlist 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.

7. It is the intention of the Iris Prize to compile a selection of the shortlisted entries for the Prize (Best of Iris 2020) 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).
We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia and develop audiences 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 (exceptions can be made if requested).

8. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film 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 LGBT+ Film Festival and Iris Prize competition in the light of commercial, economic or other operating requirements.

9. The juries will comprise of filmmakers 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 LGBT+ Film Festival takes place in Wales – part of the United Kingdom. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.

11. 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.

12. The Festivals Company Limited and Iris Prize Outreach Ltd accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any exhibition material whilst in transit.

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  • Jared Watmuff

    Probably the best festival experience I've ever had, absolutely loved it.

    February 2020
  • Alfie Dale

    This was the greatest professional experiences I've ever had, and one of the best personal experiences too. Such an incredible community of talented and passionate filmmakers, many of whom I will collaborate with on future projects. It's well worth going for the whole week, there's so much on. I went on my own, and within moments of arrival made a huge number of friends, all as eager to chat film as me. Such a welcoming community, really well put together festival, and really high quality work. Can't reccommend highly enough. Can't wait for next year.

    November 2019
  • Gabriel Furman

    Words can't express how amazing this festival is. Not only have I seen some of the best films in any festival but the people that put this together truly care about the film maker. Thank you. This festival makes you feel like family and they even have families open there doors to you and give you a place to stay. WOW! I love you Iris. Thank you.

    October 2019
  • Alexandre de Villeneuve

    Thank you again !!! Wonderful prize ;)

    October 2019
  • Jay Russell

    It was an incredible week in Cardiff! Truly once in a lifetime. My hosts were lovely and generous and really made my week there very special. If you are lucky enough to get your film into Iris you really must go for the entire festival. It is just not to be missed.

    October 2019