With a focus on excellence in LGBT+ storytelling, the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival awards the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world - the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize.

The six-day festival is famed for its open, friendly atmosphere, with each year seeing more filmmakers and film lovers from around the world 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 amazing parties, special events, discussions and networking opportunities. A BAFTA qualifying festival, Iris has also been identified as one of the "50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine for 4 years in a row.

Please note that as Iris is an LGBT+ film festival, all entries should be for, about or of significant interest to LGBT+ audiences. Films which do not fit this criteria will not be considered.

Iris awards six prizes chosen by esteemed independent juries of film makers, film & media professionals and influential figures from the LGBT+ community.

The Iris Prize:
The winner of the Iris Prize 2019 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 2020 Iris Prize International Jury.

The Iris Prize Best British Short:
The winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short 2018 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 2020 Iris Prize International Jury. 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 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 2019 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. 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. (That is they must have been completed between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2019).

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. There are six 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.
The Best Performance in a Female Role Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a female role.
The Best Performance in a Male Role Award will be awarded by an independent feature film jury to the best performance in a male role.
The Youth Jury Award will be shortlisted from the Iris Prize and Best British shortlists by a jury of young people, and the award winner voted for by young audiences.

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 LGBT+ Film Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibit your work (if selected) theatrically during the 2019 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 2019) 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 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 (exceptions can be made if requested).

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film 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.

10. 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.

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  • Rodrigo Alvarez Flores

    I look forward to participating again, the festival looks amazing.

    October 2018
  • Anderson Clark

    The Iris Prize is a supportive, professional, fun, friendly festival that's incredibly well-organized and full of creative, high-quality, emotionally impactful films. I met wonderful people, saw amazing films and had a great time. The staff and organizers were warm and welcoming and had everything covered from start to finish. I highly recommend Iris and the city of Cardiff!

    October 2018