Could you be the next Dee Rees? 📽️

Submissions for the 2018 Iris Prize - worth £30,000 - are now open!


Dee Rees, Winner of the First Iris Prize in 2007.


Organisers of the Iris Prize have today confirmed that the £30,000 Iris Prize, awarded to the best LGBT short film, will continue to be the world’s largest short film prize, thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation.​



Iris Prize Chair, Andrew Pierce commented: “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.”


The inaugural winner of the Iris Prize in 2007 was Dee Rees who is tipped for Oscar glory later this year with her film 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.



Interested? For more information on how to submit, click here



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