The festival has also announced a new documentary film finance fund, sponsored by FROOT and Aberystwyth University

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY IRIS PRIZE LGBT+ FILM FESTIVAL

Excellent news, DIVAs! Submissions for the 2022 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival are now open. Searching for ground-breaking LGBTQI short and feature films, this year’s awards have 11 awards to honour, most prominently featuring the £30,000 Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. What are you waiting for? Get those entries in!

Held annually in Cardiff, this year’s Iris Prize celebrated LGBTQI women and non-binary people, featuring celebratory wins from Rebel Dykes and Senan Kara alike. Notably, the winner of the Iris Prize Best British Short, sponsored by Film4 and Pinewood Studios, will receive an exclusive screening of their work at Pinewood Studios, further featuring a red carpet and welcome reception with drinks and canapés. Luxurious! What’s more, the Iris Prize looks to celebrate all of its nominees in broadcasting all shortlisted films for the Best British 2022 category on Film4 and All4, so that LGBTQI film fanatics can enjoy the honoured works from the comfort of their sofa.

Furthermore, the Iris Prize has introduced two new performance awards, both sponsored by Out & Proud. Of the inaugural Best Performance in a Female Role and Best Performance in a Male Role accolades, Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, states: “This is always an exciting time of year when we start receiving films. This is what Iris is all about, bringing together and sharing amazing LGBT+ stories on film.  

“We have been recognising performance awards for actors in feature films for many years. This year thanks to the sponsorship of Out & Proud I’m thrilled we are able to expand our recognition with two new performance awards in the Best British category. I hope this will encourage more actors to join the directors, producers and writers who attend the festival each October”. 

William Rutter of Out & Proud furthers: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival for a second year to showcase the amazing cinematic works of the LGBT+ community, and to make Iris even more special. 

“Our sponsorship will focus on the contribution made by actors to the world of film. We are please to be focusing on British acting talent building on the exposure given to the Best British category by Film4 and Pinewood Studios. We are looking forward to welcoming even more actors to join us in Cardiff this October. We’re honoured to be a part of this special festival.”  

Submissions are being processed via Filmfreeway and nominations can be made here. To keep up with the latest news, follow the Iris Prize Festival on Twitter. Good luck, DIVAs!

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