Iris Prize

Russell T Davies & Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize - is presented annually during the Iris Prize Festival which takes place in Cardiff, Wales in October.

The 2015 programme will include upto 20 new feature films, screenings of all 30 short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 10 competing for the Best British Short, the Producers Forum, talks and lots of parties! The country focus for 2015 will be Ireland.

The Iris Prize is open to film makers from around the world and judged by a panel of international filmmakers and artists. The winner receives the largest prize for an LGBT short film in the world -  £30,000 supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation - allowing the winner to make their next short film.

Since its inception in 2007, the Iris Prize Festival has established itself "with lighting speed" as a must-attend event in the UK and international calendar. The festival has welcomed numerous renowned artists including Russell T Davies (pictured with 2008 Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert), Simon Russell Beale, Sarah Walters, and Alan Hollinghurst and whose patrons includes Matthew Rhys, Sara Sugarman, Lord Glendonbrook (Michael Bishop), Carol Coombes and regular festival guests Andrew Pierce (appointed Chair in 2013) and Christopher Racster.