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Iris Prize

Iris Prize

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 until Sunday, 16 October 2022


All the winners and nominees here

Now in our 16th 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 LGBT+ Festival is planned to take place in person 11 - 16th October 2022 and online throughout October..

Films of all types are accepted, including animation and documentary. We have no premiere requirements.

We offer a 100% fee waiver to all Iris Alumni. If you have screened a film at Iris previously, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain the waiver code.

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 2023 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 2023 Iris Prize Best British Jury. All films in the Best British 202e 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 in a feature film, sponsored by DIVA Magazine
Best Performance in a Male Role in a feature film, 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
Best Performance in Female Role in a British short - £250 cash to the performer, sponsored by Out & Proud
Best Performance in a Male Role in a British short - £250 cash to the performer, sponsored by Out & Proud



The 36 films competing for the prize...

  1. A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here(Uma Paciência Selvagem me Trouxe Até Aqui) | Dir. Érica Sarmet | Brazil
  2. Beautiful They| Dir. Cloudy Rhodes | Australia
  3. Blue Eyes(Blaue Augen) | Dir. Alexander Weber | Austria
  4. Breathe| Dir. Harm van der Sanden | Netherlands
  5. Brutal| Dir. Sam McConnell | USA
  6. CANS Can’t Stand| Dir. Matt Nadel & Megan Plotka | USA
  7. Chaperone| Dir. Sam Max | USA
  8. Enlightened| Dir. Nina Bouchaud-Cheva | France
  9. Fervor| Dir. José Manuel Vélez – USA
  10. First Date| Dir. Clara Planalles | Ireland
  11. Forgiveness Day| Dir. Derek Ho | USA
  12. Grown in Darkness| Dir. Devin Shears | Canada
  13. Hornbeam| Dir. Mark Pluck | UK
  14. How Not to Date While Trans| Dir. Nyala Moon | USA
  15. Kapemahu| Dir. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Daniel Sousa (Animation Director) | USA
  16. Lambing| Dir. Katie McNeice | Ireland
  17. Lana Kaiser| Dir. Philipp Gufler | Germany / Netherlands
  18. Les démons de Dorothy (Dorothy’s Demons)| Dir. Alexis Langlois | France
  19. Lugar Nenhum (Nowhere)| Dir. Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro | Portugal
  20. Muhafiz (The Protector)| Dir. Pradipta Ray | India
  21. Night Ride| Dir. Erik Tveiten | Norway
  22. Oisin| Dir. Alba Fernandez | Ireland
  23. Peach Paradise| Dir. Shiva Raichandani | UK/US
  24. Perennial | Dir. Naomi Cubero | USA
  25. Ripples| Dir. Yael Nudelman | Israel
  26. Science Around Us| Dir. Arif Abdillah | Netherlands
  27. St Jude| Dir. Pauline Quinonero | Italy/France
  28. Static Space| Dir. Kate Black Spence and John Klein | USA
  29. Successful Thawing of Mr Moro| Dir. Jerry Carlsson | Sweden
  30. Tank Fairy| Dir. Erich Rettstadt | Taiwan
  31. Tarneit| Dir. John Sheedy | Australia
  32. This is Katherine| Dir. Ida H. Eldøen | Norway
  33. Thot or Not| Dir. Dylan Glynn | Canada
  34. Tommies| Dir. Brian Fairbairn & Karl Eccleston | UK
  35. What is a Woman?(Hva er en kvinne?) | Dir. Marin Håskjold | Norway
  36. Write Here| Dir. Jake Muñoz Consing | Philippines

Best of British…


Excited for a night out on the town, flamboyant and confident Lewis is suddenly cautious and uncomfortable when a friend asks him to pick up something from his dealer, Daniel. On arrival, he’s confronted with an invitation, and an unexpected connection.



Set in 1987, against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, this is the story of bored teenager Brittany, whose life is enlivened when she meets out and proud Faras, and the two bond over a love of music and their experience of being outsiders among their clique of friends.



Having left without warning months prior, Conor (Peter Young) has returned to his hometown after dropping out of university across the water, meeting up with his father for a tense reunion on the town’s seafront.
Set against the backdrop of the Northern Irish coast, Homebird explores the relationship between an emotionally reclusive father struggling to re-connect with his estranged gay son, and a son learning to forgive.



Under cover of darkness, two strangers bond over a shared secret. But how well do they really know each other?



Kerry is bored of small-town life. Her shop job is mundane, and the family TV is tuned in to an endless stream of Brexit, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. Nearing breaking point she follows a cliffside path to a hidden cave, and the chance of an underground escape filled with jelly, snacks and hope.



Inspired by true events. West London, 1982. Gay priest Jim Fitzsimmons reaches a decision: he’s going to spend one night with a rent boy. The night will change Jim’s life forever, but not for the reasons he expects.



18-year-old amateur footballer Sunny is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. and as the final game of the season approaches, tensions begin to rise. He and fellow player Josh are attracted to one another, and will have to fight not only for what they want both on and off the pitch.



A stylish and visually ravishing celebration of the work of the pioneering lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, who died in 2019, discussing the meaning that her work had for lesbians and experimental filmmakers the world over.



In the Mountains of Snowdonia young Dion must navigate his sexual awakening, guided by the spirits of Wales’ ancient past. This visually stunning short combines themes of sexuality and gender with Welsh myths and legends, reminding this programmer of the 1974 film Penda’s Fen.



When a mysterious gatecrasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.



During the first lockdown a teenager wanders London’s streets at night, tagging buildings in his manor. One night, while creating a new artwork he hears music from a nearby abandoned building, and finds a girl dancing ballet, sparking a newfound curiosity and desire for dance, much to the dismay of his blokey father.



A gay man confronts his belly fat in a shop changing room, triggering memories of an abusive past relationship, but who can save him from his own body? This charming short features an appearance by Welsh comedy acting legend Ruth Madoc.



Fed up with the judgement of her peers and cruel comments about her body Clare finds power in rebellion.



Once, Rev. Neil Marlow’s life was a spontaneous festival of frivolity, friends and funk music. Now, it’s one of OAPs, weekly bingo and ready-meals. Like many before him he wonders if his sexuality and extroverted personality are compatible with his religious beliefs, for just one glorious moment indulging his inner disco diva.



In Regency-era London five women waiting for a carriage descend into a frenzy of vicious gossip about a notorious scandal – with devastating results.


The Feature Films for 2022 are:

  • Lonesome | Dir. Craig Boreham | Australia
  • So Vam | Dir. Alice Maio Mackay | Australia
  • Mascarpone | Dir. Alessandro Guida | Italy
  • Fire Island | Dir. Myles Clohessy | USA
  • Elephant | Dir. Kamil Krawczycki | Poland
  • Before I Change My Mind | Dir. Trevor Anderson | Canada
  • Hello World| Dir. Kenneth Elvebaak | Norway
  • Who We Love | Dir. Graham Cantwell | Ireland
  • Sirens | Dir. Rita Baghdadi | Lebanon
  • Yes or No| Dir. Saratsawadee Wongsomphet | Thailand
  • Metaporhosis | Dir. Jose Enrique Tiglao | Phillipines
  • Barrio Boy | Dir. Dennis Shinners | USA