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.

We are now expanding our Community and Education Awards to recognise community, education and micro-short film makers from across the whole of the UK. The Iris PRize LGBT+ Community, Education and Micro Short Awards welcome entries from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will take place in January 2020 in Llandudno Junction, North Wales.

The 2020 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival returns to Cardiff in October 2020. 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.

The Iris Prize LGBT+ Community, Education and Micro Short Awards recognise excellence in moving image storytelling in three categories:
- The Iris Prize Education Award, for a film of 20 minutes or less made by a school or college group. The winner will receive a cash prize of £250;
- The Iris Prize Community Award, for a film of 20 minutes or less made by a community group. The winner will receive a cash prize of £250;
- The Iris Prize Micro Short Award, for a film of no more than 1 minute. The winner will receive a cash prize of £100.

Iris awards six prizes during the Iris Prize LGBT+ each October 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 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.

The Iris Prize Best British Short:
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. 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 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. 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.

2. All short films must have a runtime of 39 minutes or less. Any work with a longer runtime will be considered a feature. Entries to the Community, Education and Micro Short Awards must have a run time of 20 minutes or less (Community or Education) or 1 minute or less (Micro Short). Runtime includes the end credits.

3. There are six awards presented at the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival:
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. There are three awards presented at the Iris Prize Community, Education and Micro Short Awards, each selected by an independent jury:
The Iris Prize Community Award for a short film of 20 minutes or less made by a community group from the United Kingdom. We consider a community group to be a group which works for the public benefit or the benefit of its members or who share a common interest.
The Iris Prize Education Award for a short film of 20 minutes or less made by a school, college, other educational institution or youth group from the United Kingdom. At least 90% of the participants making the film must have been aged 20 or under at the time of production.
The Iris Prize Micro Short Award is open to any individual or group based in the United Kingdom who have made a micro short film (1 minute or less.)

5. 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.

6. 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 on the Move 2020 or the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film 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.

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 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).

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 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 LGBT+ Film Festival and the Iris Community, Education and Micro Short Awards take\ place in Wales – part of the United Kingdom. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.

11. 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.

12. The prize money for the Iris Community, Education and Micro Short Awards will be payable to the school, college, education establishment, youth or community group and not to any individual with the exception of the Micro Short category.

13. 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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  • 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
  • Jason Bradbury

    What a treat of a festival, from start to finish an amazing experience. I've been many times before through work, but this was my first time as a film-maker. So much attention to detail is given to ensure that visiting film teams can network with industry and other film-makers. By the end it felt like a family.
    Accommodation was arranged through Friends Of Iris where the local community open their homes (thanks Claire & Will - and Frankie, meow! You guys are the best!). It's an amazing idea encouraging you to see more of the real side of Cardiff. I hope to be back in future years. Thanks again for an amazing festival, Iris!

    October 2019