The winner of the 2015 Iris Prize will receive a bigger cash reward, organizers announced today (12 January).
The LGBTI short film awards, which are supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, will raise the prize from £25,000 ($38,000, €32000) to £30,000 (€38,000, $45,000).
Together with sponsorship from Pinewood Studios, Gorilla Post and Martin Briggs, there is now a total prize fund of £45,000 ($68,000/€57,600).
‘We are delighted that The Michael Bishop Foundation has generously increased their support of the Iris Prize,’ festival chair Andrew Pierce said.
‘This significant fund, at a time of continued austerity, allows Iris to continue supporting new LGBT film making.’
Shanghai Film Festival will also be joining the family of partner festivals that nominate a short film to compete for the prize in 2015.
‘We are thrilled to welcome Shanghai into the Iris family. This brings the total number of countries where we have a direct relationship to 13,’ Pierce added.
‘Add to this the number of open submissions from non-partner countries and I think we can confidently state that Iris represents the global LGBT film making community.’
The Cardiff international prize is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.
Film submissions must be for, or about, or of significant interest to LGBTI audiences.
Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands said: ‘Six short films have been produced to date by the Iris Prize with award-winning filmmakers from across the world’
The festival will take place in October and will see three Iris Prize awards given; The Cardiff International LGBTI Short film prize, the Best Short sponsored by Pinewood studios and the Best Feature award.