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25-May-2015 2:30am PDT  


Iris Prize Festival

9 Annual: October 07, 2015 to October 11, 2015

  Iris Prize - international shorts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

All fees will be charged in United Kingdom Pound
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
March 30, 2015
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *

June 1, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 15.00

July 3, 2015
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 15.00

Approximately 21-Aug-2015

Shorts: maximum 39 minutes

Projects completed after 01-Jul-2013

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Color Print
> Production Still Photos - Black&White Print
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Color Print
> Photo of the Director - Black&White Print
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director

Prizes & Awards
This category is a competition.

Iris Prize
The winner will receive the largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film in the world - valued at 30,000 pounds. The prize allows the winner to make another short film in the UK. The Iris Prize winner will benefit from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the UK, recognised worldwide as the filmmakers' preferred destination.
Sponsor:The Michael Bishop Foundation
Value of Goods/Services: 30,000 United Kingdom Pound

Category Rules
All entries should be by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline. (That is they must have been completed between 4 July 2013 and 3 July 2015.)

Any short film of 39 minutes or less which meets these criteria will be eligible for the Iris Prize 2014. The winner of the Iris Prize 2015 will be invited back to the United Kingdom to make another short film using a package of services and facilities valued at least £30,000.

A shortlist of 30 short films will be selected to screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival, which will be held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 7- 11 October 2015 inclusive.

All short film entries must be no longer than 39 minutes in length.

We’re sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2014 is ineligible to compete.

On-line screeners are the preferred format for submission viewing copies (but we are also able to view digital media files, DVDs or BluRay). All viewing copies must be clearly labelled with the title of the work, running time, filmmaker’s name and contact details. Please test consumer burned discs on several players prior to submitting your work.

If shortlisted, you should be able to submit your work to be exhibited as an H264 digital file or a DCP. (Note we cannot exhibit using other formats.)

Production information, Director’s Biography and image, and film stills are essential publicity materials. Please ensure that all images are of the highest quality possible. Any digital images must be JPEG or TIFF format and at least 1200 x 900 pixels .

Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Friday 3 July 2015.

The Festivals Company Limited and the Iris Prize accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any submission viewing copies or supporting materials, or any exhibition material whilst in transit.

Works in languages other than English must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for submission viewing copies, but works without subtitles will be accepted for consideration.

Successful entrants will be informed that their work has been shortlisted by late August 2015.

All shortlisted work will be exhibited during the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff over the period 7 - 11 October 2015. We also undertake education and outreach work throughout the year to combat homophobia and develop the 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.

All shortlisted entrants are strongly encouraged to attend the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff and every effort will be made to provide them with accommodation.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Viewing by the pre-selection jury will take place in July 2015

Entries should be sent to: The Iris Prize, c/o The Festivals Company Limited, Ty Cefn, Rectory Road, Canton, Cardiff. CF5 1QL. Wales, UK.

The Iris Prize will send an acknowledgement email once your entry has been received.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 July, 2015. No work will be accepted after this date.