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Iris Prize

Iris Prize


All the winners and nominees here

Now in our 15th year of celebrating LGBT+ film, Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival brings filmmakers from around the world to Cardiff, Wales, UK. Iris is home to the largest short film prize in the world - the coveted £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, which allows the winner to make their next LGBT+ short film here in Cardiff.

As well as the chance to see the very best in current LGBT+ short and feature filmmaking, the festival shares panel discussions, special events and legendary parties. We are renowned for our open, friendly and collaborative atmosphere, which sees hundreds welcomed into our worldwide Iris Family every year.

Iris Prize is an A-list BAFTA qualifying festival and has been identified as one of the "50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine 5 times, most recently in 2020. For a second year running, all 15 Best British shortlisted films will be broadcast on Film4 after the festival, and available on Film4 via All 4 for one year.


Iris Prize
The largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world with £30,000 to make your next LGBT+ short and an invitation to sit on the 2022 International Jury.

Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4
The winner will receive an exclusive screening of their film at Pinewood Studios complete with red carpet, and a welcome reception with drinks and canapes sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group. They will also be invited to be part of the 2022 Iris Prize Best British Jury. All films in the Best British 2021 shortlist will be broadcast on Film4 and streamed on their online streaming service, All4. A licence fee will be paid to all shortlisted Best British filmmakers.

Iris Prize Best Feature, sponsored by Bad Wolf
Best Performance in a Female Role, sponsored by DIVA Magazine
Best Performance in a Male Role, sponsored by Attitude Magazine
Youth Jury Award
Community Award - £250 to enable the community group to make more films
Education Award - £250 to enable the education/youth group to make more films
Micro Short Award - £100 to make more films


The Iris Prize 2021…

One World

Pitoc e icinakosian (Dir. Gerry-Ottawa & Jos Onimskiw Ottawa-Dube | Manawan, Nitaskian (Canada) | 6mins

And Just Two More (Dir. Allireza Mohammadi | Iran | 20mins)

Eggshells / Cherupki (Dir. Slava Doytcheva | Bulgaria | 15mins)

Baba (Dir. Sam Arbor & Adam Ali | UK | 18mins)

We Will Become Better – Sansara (Dir. Andsej Gavriss | Russia | 6mins)

City Of Night

Butterflies / Vlinders (Dir. Liza Koifman | Netherlands | 23mins)

How to Die Young in Manila (Dir. Petersen Vargas | Philippines | 12min)

The Hunter (Dir. Sam McConell | USA | 15mins)

Private Photos / Fotos Prividas (Dir. Marcelo Grabowsky | Brazil | 20mins)


Not in Tanzania (Dir. Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid | Norway/Tanzania | 22mins)

Johnita (Dir. Alon Reter | Israel | 14mins)

Why Did She Have to Tell the World? (Dir. Abbie Pobjoy | Australia | 27mins)

A Big Life (Dir. Anna Brownfield | Australia | 27mins)

“Respect your elders, protect the young.”

The Leaf (Dir. William L. Zang | USA | 4mins)

Between Us (Dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes | Canada | 17mins)

Jackfruit (Dir. Thuy Trang Nguyen | Germany | 37mins

Brief Encounters

Buffalo (Dir. Freddie Paull | USA | 12mins)

Must Be Painful (Dir. David Semler | Czechia | 15mins)

A Present Light / Luz de Presença (Dir. Diogo Costa Amarante | Portugal | 19mins)

The Song We Sang (Dir. Aarti Neharsh | India |


Do I Know You? (Dir. Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair | Ireland | 12mins)

The Binding of Itzik (Dir. Anika Benkov | USA | 17min)

You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow (Dir. Michael Hanley | USA | 17mins)

Young Hearts Run Free

The Night Train / Nattåget (Dir. Jerry Carlsson | Sweden | 15mins)

Bonhomme (Dir. Thomas Raoul | France | 19mins)

Before the Eruption / Antes de la erupción (Dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo | Spain | 10mins)

Bonde (Dir. Asaph Luccas | Brazil | 18mins)

Beyond ‘Carol’

Lesbian (Dir. Rosemary Baker | UK | 5mins )

Duet (Dir. Shae Xu | China | 14mins )

En ce moment (Dir. Serena Vittorini | Italy | 15mins) 

A Summer Place (Dir. Alexandra Matheou | France | 20mins) 

Noor & Layla (Dir. Fawzia Mirza | USA | 13mins)

Are You Still Watching? (Dir. Alex Cardy, Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal | Australia | 6mins) 


De La Terreur, Mes Soeurs / Terror, My Sisters (Dir. Alexis Langlois | France | 28min)

God’s Daughter Dances (Dir. Sungbin Byun | South Korea | 25mins) 

Best British 1- DARK DAYS

Factory Talk (Dir. Lucie Rachel & Chrissie Hyde | 5mins)

Baby Boy (Dir. Greg Hall | 17min)

Pop (Dir. Laura Margo Roe | 20mins)

Inertia (Dir. Mat Johns | 18mins)

Birthday Boy (Dir. Leo Labeau | 20mins)

Best British 2 – SMILE

Cwch Deilen / Leaf Boat (Dir. Efa Blosse-Mason | 8mins)

Silver and Gold (Dir. Jack Pulford | 11mins)

Dragged Up (Dir. Laura Jane Tunbridge | 19mins)

From A to Q (Dir. Emmalie El fadli | 19mins)

S.A.M. (Dir. Lloyd Eyre-Morgan | 16mins)

Best British 3-RESILIENCE

Lesbian (Dir. Rosemary Baker | 5mins)

Three Letters (Dir. Ian Smith | 7mins)

Acrimonious (Dir. Olivia Emden | 14mins)

Baba (Dir. Sam Arbor & Adam Ali |18mins)

Split Sole (Dir. Barnaby Boulton | 14mins)



Goodbye Mother

Love Spells and All That

Not Knowing

Rebel Dykes


Saint Narcisse

Swan Song