Submissions for this year’s Iris Prize Fest have now opened, with filmmakers invited to send in their LGBT-themed short and see whether it can make it onto the annual shortlist of 35 films that will compete for the International Iris Prize, or the 15 up for the Iris Prize Best British Short. All the shortlisted film will screen in Cardiff during the festival between October 9th and 14th. The International Iris Prize award is worth £30,000 and continues to be the world’s largest short film prize, thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation.
The festival can certainly be a great springboard, as the inaugural winner of the Iris Prize in 2007 was Dee Rees, who is tipped for Oscar success with the highly praised Mudbound. After winning the top prize at Iris, Rees travelled to Wales to make Colonial Gods, a drama set in an immigrant community in Butetown, Cardiff.
Iris Prize Chair Andrew Pierce comments, “This is always an exciting period for us at Iris HQ – that time of year when we realise we are still able to offer a prize fund of £50,000 to invest in new LGBT film talent. Thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation, the Iris Prize continues to be the largest and only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.”
“Thanks also to Pinewood Studios Group we are for the fourth year running able to support British film makers directly with a prize valued at £20,000 – sound post production on their next short film project. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance.”
“This year we will be visiting locations across the UK to encourage more local submissions and to encourage more people to join us in Cardiff for our annual celebration of LGBT film.”
You can find out more about submitting films to Iris over on the official website.