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February Events...

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)
  • Australian International Documentary Conference
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • LesFlicks LGBT History Month
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Pride: Bloomington's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Queer Film Festival: University of Oregon
  • Queer Lens
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Salento Rainbow Film Fest
  • Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
  • Tag! Queer Shorts Festival!
  • Tels Quels Festival
Iris Prize

Iris Prize

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 until Sunday, 10 October 2021

All the winners and nominees here


Now in our 15th year of celebrating LGBT+ film, Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival brings filmmakers from around the world to Cardiff, Wales, UK. Iris is home to the largest short film prize in the world - the coveted £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, which allows the winner to make their next LGBT+ short film here in Cardiff.

As well as the chance to see the very best in current LGBT+ short and feature filmmaking, the festival shares panel discussions, special events and legendary parties. We are renowned for our open, friendly and collaborative atmosphere, which sees hundreds welcomed into our worldwide Iris Family every year.

Iris Prize is an A-list BAFTA qualifying festival and has been identified as one of the "50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times, most recently in 2020. For a second year running, all 15 Best British shortlisted films will be broadcast on Film4 after the festival, and available on Film4 via All 4 for one year.

Iris Prize LGBT+ Festival will take place 5 - 10th October 2021 both online and in person.

We offer a 100% fee waiver to all Iris Alumni. If you have screened a film at Iris previously, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain the waiver code.

Iris Prize
The largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world with £30,000 to make your next LGBT+ short and an invitation to sit on the 2022 International Jury.

Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4
The winner will receive an exclusive screening of their film at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet, and a welcome reception with drinks and canapes sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group. They will also be invited to be part of the 2022 Iris Prize Best British Jury. All films in the Best British 2021 shortlist will be broadcast on Film4 and streamed on their online streaming service, All4. A licence fee will be paid to all shortlisted Best British filmmakers.

Iris Prize Best Feature, sponsored by Bad Wolf
Best Performance in a Female Role, sponsored by DIVA Magazine
Best Performance in a Male Role, sponsored by Attitude Magazine
Youth Jury Award
Community Award - £250 to enable the community group to make more films
Education Award - £250 to enable the education/youth group to make more films
Micro Short Award - £100 to make more films