Cardiff’s LGBT Iris Prize Festival 12-16 Oct 2016


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Identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for the second year, Iris Prize Festival are also delighted this year to have been promoted by BAFTA to ‘A’ list festival status, alongside Cannes and Sundance, by officially being recognised as a qualifying festival for the BAFTA awards. An Irish entry for the Iris Prize Shorts is:

Director: Daithí Ó Cinnéide
Ireland , 10 min

The festival’s slogan is “Watch films. Party Nightly. Repeat.” Iris is the home of LGBT filmmaking, and the festival prides itself on sharing the best content from around the globe to an annual audience in Cardiff each October. This is made possible through their 25 partner festivals in 19 countries, ensuring that the very best in storytelling is shown at Iris.

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize – is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, and continues to be the largest LGBT short film prize in the world. With the winner receiving £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK, Iris is exactly what film makers need – funding, support, guidance and of course a warm welcome into the Iris Prize family.

To date seven short films have been produced with the winning filmmakers of the Iris Prize, with the eighth currently in pre-production. As for the ninth? Well, that could be yours.

The Iris Prize Awards:

Often referred to as the Gay Oscars, the Iris Awards is a glittering award show, presented by Matt Lissack (Capital FM) and includes a three course meal, two drinks receptions, and a special musical performance. The highlight of the evening will be Lord Glendonbrook announcing the 10th winner of the Iris Prize, who will take away the £30,000 cash prize to make a new short film.

  • Iris Prize – Sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the winner will receive the largest LGBT short film prize in the world – valued at £30,000. They will be invited back to the UK to make another short film, benefiting from the very best filming equipment and facilities available in the country, and are offered the chance to sit on the 2017 Iris Prize International Jury;
  • Iris Prize Best British Short – The winner will receive a package of sound post-production services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, valued at £20,000, and be invited to Cardiff to sit on the 2017 Iris Prize International Jury;
  • Iris Prize Best Feature Award – The winning director receives a £1000 cash prize, sponsored by Martin Briggs;
  • Iris Prize Best Actor in a feature film – sponsored by Gay Star News;
  • Iris Prize Best Actress in a feature film – sponsored by Gay Star News;
  • Iris Prize Youth Jury Award for Best Short – sponsored by Cardiff University.

You can take a look at the 2016 Iris Prize Festival shortlist at:


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