Film4 boards Iris Prize Best British Short as sponsor & submissions open for 2020

Organisers of Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have announced details of a new three-year sponsorship agreement with Film4.

The agreement will see Film4 acquire broadcast and streaming rights to each of the 15 British LGBT+ short films shortlisted for the newly rebranded ‘Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4.’

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented: “This is a pivotal moment in the development of the Iris Prize. This relationship with Film4 will allow Iris to achieve our main aim which is to increase audiences for LGBT+ stories. As the premier film channel in the UK, with a strong track record for supporting diverse British film making, this is the perfect partner for Iris. We are so excited!”

Tim Highsted, Senior Editor, Acquired Feature Films for Film4, commented: “The Iris Prize, with its focus on diversity, inclusion and new voices, and its setting in Cardiff, is a perfect fit for Film4. Short form content is a critical proving ground for rising talent, but with new platforms allowing for a wider range of voices to be heard, it’s also increasingly a draw for viewers. We can’t wait to see this year’s shortlisted films and look forward to giving those filmmakers a chance to reach a nationwide audience through Film4 on All 4.”

Berwyn Rowlands, Founder Iris Prize, commented: “This is always an exciting period for us at Iris HQ as we open submissions and wonder which filmmakers will take home this year’s 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 able to support our British film makers directly with a prize valued at £20,000 for sound post production on their next short film project."

“And now in 2020 we are also able to help British filmmakers reach a huge audience thanks to our new sponsorship agreement with Film4.”

“Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what filmmakers need – funding, support, guidance and a new audience for their work.”

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Iris Prize Festival. The Cardiff based festival, funded by Ffilm Cymru, will take place from 6th – 11th October 2020, and presents three main awards:

  • Iris Prize - Cardiff's International LGBT short film prize
  • Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4
  • Iris Prize Best Feature Award

Eleven short films have been produced to date by the Iris Prize with award winning filmmakers from across the world.

Details about submitting films can be found here.