10th Annual

Iris Prize Festival

October 12, 2016 to October 16, 2016


Iris Prize - international shorts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

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
Earlybird Deadline
March 30, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Regular Deadline
June 1, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Late Deadline
July 1, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 1, 2016

Shorts: maximum 39 minutes

Projects completed after July 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Iris Prize
The winner of the Iris Prize 2016 will receive the worlds largest LGBT short film prize, and will be invited to make another short film using a package of services and facilities generously supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation valued at at least £30,000. Recognised worldwide as the filmmakers' preferred destination, the Iris Prize winner will benefit from the very best facilities available in the UK.
Sponsor:The Michael Bishop Foundation
Value of Goods/Services: 30,000 United Kingdom Pound

Category Rules

To be eligible for the Iris Prize your short film must be 39 minutes or less, and should be by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences, and must have been completed within 2 years prior to the submission deadline (between 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2016).

A shortlist of 35 entries will be selected to compete for the Iris Prize, and screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival. Iris partner festivals will nominate 25 of the shorts, and 10 will be selected from open submissions by a pre-selection jury.

Viewing by the pre-selection jury will take place after submissions close in July 2016.

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

Successful entrants will be informed that their work has been shortlisted by early August 2016. Please do not enquire about acceptance until then.

Updated versions of submitted short films will not be accepted after the submission deadline date, Friday 1 July 2016.

We are sorry but any short film shortlisted for Iris 2015 is ineligible to compete.

If shortlisted, you must submit your work to be exhibited as a .H264 digital file, ProRes digital file, or a DCP.

We screen in 1.85 flat, and 2.35 scope.

Works in languages other than English or Welsh must be subtitled for exhibition. English subtitles are strongly preferred for on-line screeners, but works without subtitles will be viewed for consideration.

We now ONLY accept on-line screeners for preview purposes (WAB secure screener, FilmFreeway secure screener, or Vimeo/YouTube). We do not accept DVDs/Blu-Rays.

Digital press kit required after acceptance.

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. All digital images must be JPEG or TIFF format and at least 1200 x 900 pixels. Materials will be requested when you are notified of acceptance.

The Festivals Company Limited and the Iris Prize accept no responsibility for the loss or damage of any exhibition material whilst in transit.

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.

Iris Prize Outreach:
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.