9th Annual

Iris Prize Festival

October 07, 2015 to October 11, 2015

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Iris Prize - international shorts
To be eligible for the Iris Prize your Short Film must be 39 minutes or shorter 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. (That is they must have been completed between 4 July 2013 and 3 July 2015.)
Feature Film
Feature films - work over 39 minutes in length - by, for, about or of significant interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and which 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.)
Best British - United Kingdom shorts
To be eligible for the Iris Prize Best UK Short you should be a UK citizen or have been resident in the UK for at least three years. Your short film must be 39 minutes or shorter 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. (That is they must have been completed between 4 July 2013 and 3 July 2015.)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Iris Prize Festival awards, recognises, celebrates and promotes lesbian, gay and transgender moving image content, which will also promote tolerance, acceptance and further understanding of the credibility and business of gay and lesbian filmmaking.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Iris Prize Festival is an international gay and lesbian film festival that attracts a mixed audience and awards three main prizes:

The Iris Prize
This is an award for the best LGBT short as determined by an independent international jury. Open to any short film which is by, for about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences and which must have been completed within 2 years prior to the prize deadline. The winner of The Iris Prize 2015 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

The Iris Prize Best British Short
Awarded by an independent jury to the best short made by a UK filmmaker. The prize includes a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group and valued at £14,000.

The Iris Prize Best Feature
The Iris Prize Festival awards a cash prize (£1,000) to the director of the feature film chosen as The Iris Prize Best Feature by the independent Iris Prize Best Feature Jury..

Submissions for the Iris Prize Festival open in January 2015. The Iris Prize will be judged by a prestigious panel of industry figures. A shortlist of 30 entries will be selected to screen as part of the Iris Prize Festival, held in Cardiff, Wales (UK) from 7 - 11 October 2015, which will also include features films, masterclasses, panel sessions, and the Iris Prize award ceremony.

Any short film which meets the prize criteria will be eligible for the Iris Prize.

Any short film of 39 minutes or less which is made by a filmmaker who is a United Kingdom citizen or who has been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to the submission deadline will also be eligible for the Best British Short Award.

Any feature film will be eligible for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award which is a £1,000 cash prize kindly sponsored by Martin Briggs. Please note, any feature films selected to appear in the 2015 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 winner of the 2007 Iris Prize was Pariah by Dee Rees. The 2008 winner was Cowboy by Till Kleinert. Eldar Rapaport won with his film Steam in 2009. In 2010 the prize was won by Magnus Mork for The Samaritan. In 2011 Daniel Ribero won for his short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. Grant Scicluna won in 2012 for his short The Wilding. In 2013 the Iris Prize was awarded to Tim Marshall for Gorilla and Brendon McDonall won in 2014 for his short All God's Creaturs.

The Iris Prize Best Feature 2008 was Dreamboy directed by James Bolton, and in 2009 the prize was awarded to Redwoods, directed by David Lewis. The 2010 Best Feature Award went to Nina Nuel for My Friend from Faro and in 2011 the award went to August directed by Eldar Rapaport. The 2012 Best Feature Award went to Sex of Angels directed by Xavier Vilaverde.In 2013 the Best Feature Award went to Cupcakes by Eytan Fox and in 2014 the award was presented to Boy Meets Girl directed by Eric Shaeffer.

The Iris Prize Patrons are Sara Sugarman, Matthew Rhys, Andrew Pierce, Christopher Racster, Carol Coombes and Lord Glendonbrook.


ORGANIZERS

Berwyn Rowlands (Festival Registrar); Grant Vidgen (Company Manager); Nathaniel Plevyak (Festival and Outreach Producer)

GENERAL RULES

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. 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.) 2. They must having a running time of 39 minutes or less. Any work with a longer running time will be considered a feature.
3. There are three awards:
- The Iris Prize will be awarded by the international jury to the short film that in their opinion represents the best of those works shortlisted for the Prize;
- The Best British Short award will be given by the l 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 the independent feature film jury to the best feature.
4. 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.
5. By submitting your work to the Iris Prize Festival, you grant The Festivals Company Limited a non-exclusive licence to exhibt your work (if selected) theatrically during the 2015 Iris Prize 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.
6. It is the intention of the Iris Prize to compile a selection of the shortlisted entries for the Prize 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).
7. The Iris Prize Festival, The Iris Prize and The Friends of Iris 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 Festival and Iris Prize competition in the light of commercial, economic or other operating requirements.
8. The International Jury will comprise film makers and film industry personnel invited by The Festivals Company to fulfil the duties allocated to them. The decision of the Jury and The Festivals Company will be final.
9. The Iris Prize Festival takes place in Cardiff, Wales – part of the United Kingdom. All terms and conditions will be interpreted according to the laws of England and Wales.