Curated by Bristol Pride and sponsored by Triodos Bank, Queer Vision presents a diverse programme of LGBT+ films from around the globe, including independently-made feature, animation and award-winning short films.

Queer Vision is a partner festival to Iris Prize and takes submissions for Best of British short film category.

Screenings run during the Bristol Pride season which this year is from 26 June until 11 July 2020.

Our focus is on widening engagement, increasing audience viewing and screening opportunities of and for LGBT+ content films and filmmakers.

The winner is put forward to the Iris Prize Best British Short category. 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 Iris Prize Best British 2020 shortlist will be broadcast on Film4 and streamed on their online streaming service, All 4. All Iris Prize British short films will also be considered for the Iris Prize shortlist.

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.

The winner of the Queer Vision Best of British will be entered into the Iris Prize Best British Short – where the winner will receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000, and the winner invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2021 Iris Prize Best British Jury;

1. All entries should be by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the Iris Prize 2020 submission deadline (That is they must have been completed since 22 June 2018).

2. All short films must having a running time of 39 minutes or less.

3. All submissions must agree to and abide by the rules & terms of the the 2020 Best British Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival (

4. FILM FORMAT: DCP (preferred), .MOV, .MPEG. We ONLY accept on-line screeners via FilmFreeway secure screener. We do not accept DVDs/Blu-Rays.

5. PRESS KIT: A digital press kit will be required after acceptance.

6. Queer Vision aim to make their screenings as accessible as possible. By submitting your film to Queer Vision Film Festival it is on the agreement that the film may be shown with Descriptive Subtitling to make the screening accessible to Deaf/deaf and hearing-impaired audience members. Where possible a transcript of the film may be requested after acceptance.

7. The juries will comprise of Queer Vision programmers and invited film professionals. The decision of the juries, the festival and the audience will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8. Successful entrants will be informed that their work has been shortlisted by 15 May 2020. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.

9. Queer Vision Festival takes place in Bristol, England. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.

Overall Rating
  • Jared Watmuff

    Had a lovely time -- the Watershed is a cosy, intimate venue. Would love to come again next year.

    July 2019
  • Emma Frayne-Ford

    Great festival to be apart of. Thank you for all your hard work. Best screening venue I’ve been to this year.

    July 2018
  • The whole team are so helpful big thanks the technical team at Watershed as well. It is a great experience to have your work judged by the public. Thanks so much !

    July 2018
  • I was very happy with the event. The whole team were respectful and well organised.

    August 2017
  • Rodrigo Rodriguez

    I was really excited to see my short film at Queer Vision Film Festival, the selection was outstanding and the whole event is really amazingly organized and ran by fantastic people. I can't wait for next year. Many thanks to all.

    July 2017