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Submissions for the Iris Prize Festival open on 9 January 2017. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25 June 2017. No work will be accepted after this date. A shortlist of 35 entries for the Iris Prize, 15 entries for the Iris Prize Best British Short, and up to 10 Feature Films will be selected to screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 10 - 15 October 2017. The six-day event also includes masterclasses, panel sessions, parties, and the glittering Iris Awards ceremony.

The Iris Prize Patrons are Sara Sugarman, Matthew Rhys, Andrew Pierce, Christopher Racster, Carol Coombes, and Lord Glendonbrook.

Please note that this is an LGBT film festival, and 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 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).

Awards & Prizes

The Iris Prize Festival is an international LGBT film festival that attracts a mixed audience, and awards three main prizes.

The Iris Prize:
The winner of the Iris Prize 2017 will be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2018 Iris Prize International Jury, and will receive the largest LGBT short film prize in the world - valued at £30,000. The winner will be invited back to the United Kingdom to make another short film, and will benefit from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the UK, recognised worldwide as the filmmakers' preferred destination.

The Iris Prize Best British Short:
The winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short 2017 will be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2018 Iris Prize International Jury, and receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000.

The 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 2017 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

Previous Winners:
The winner of the 2007 Iris Prize was Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. The 2008 winner was Cowboy, directed by Till Kleinert. Eldar Rapaport won with his film Steam in 2009. In 2010, the prize was won by Magnus Mork for his film The Samaritan. In 2011, Daniel Ribero won for his short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. Grant Scicluna won in 2012 for his short The Wilding. In 2013, the Iris Prize was awarded to Tim Marshall for his film Gorilla, and in 2014 Brendon McDonall won for his short All God's Creatures. Arkasha Stevenson won in 2015 with her short Vessels. In 2016 Toby-Fell Holden won both the Iris Prize and Best British Award for his short Balcony.

The winner of the 2007 UK Short was Private Life, directed by Abbe Robinson. The 2008 winner was James, directed by Connor Clements. Aleem Khan won with his film Diana in 2009. In 2010, the prize was won by Ana Moreno for her film Mosa. In 2011, Andrew Steggall won for his short The Red Bike. Fabio Youniss won in 2012 for his short A Stable for Disabled Horses. The 2013 winner was My Mother, directed by Jay Bedwani. In 2014, the Iris Prize Best British Short was awarded to Charlie Francis for his film Middle Man, and in 2015 Lloyd Eyre-Morgan won the Iris Prize Best British Short for his film Closets.

The Iris Prize Best Feature 2008 was Dreamboy, directed by James Bolton, and in 2009 the prize was awarded to Redwoods, directed by David Lewis. The 2010 Best Feature Award went to Nina Nuel for My Friend from Faro, and in 2011 the award went to August, directed by Eldar Rapaport. The 2012 Best Feature Award went to Sex of Angels, directed by Xavier Vilaverde. In 2013, the Iris Prize Best Feature Award went to Cupcakes, directed by Eytan Fox, and in 2014 the award was presented to Boy Meets Girl, directed by Eric Shaeffer. In 2015, the award was presented to Fourth Man Out, directed by Andrew Nackman while in 2016 the award went to Real Boy from film maker Shaleece Haas.

Rules & Terms

1. 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 1 July 2015 and 1 July 2017).

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

3. There are three awards:
- The Iris Prize will be awarded by an international jury to the short film that in their opinion represents the best of those works shortlisted for the Prize.
- The Iris Prize Best British Short will be awarded by an independent jury to the best short film made by a United Kingdom citizen or UK resident of 3 or more years.
- The Iris Prize Best Feature Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best feature.

4. 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.

5. By submitting your work to the Iris Prize Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibt your work (if selected) theatrically during the 2017 Iris Prize Festival. Shortlisted film makers are encouraged to also license their work for use in secure on-line streaming in the United Kingdom for one month after the theatrical exhibition. 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. It is the intention of the Iris Prize to compile a selection of the shortlisted entries for the Prize (Best of Iris 2017) 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).

7. We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia, and develop an audience 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.

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

9. The international juries will comprise of film makers 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 Festival takes place in Cardiff, Wales – part of the United Kingdom. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.

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    Marianne Blicher

    Iris Prize Festival is an amazing, super well-organized and friendly festival with high quality films and great networking-lunches and parties. We really enjoyed attending with "Odd Job Man" and thank you for the "Highly Commended." We are definitely coming back another time!

    October 2017