Bad Wolf announces increased funding for Iris Prize in 18th year

Bad Wolf has been a staunch supporter of the Iris Prize festival since the company was established nearly 10 years ago in 2015, with financial assistance offered towards the autumn event celebrating LGBTQ+ creativity in film and television.

Bad Wolf has engaged with the LGBTQ+ community through the work of Iris by taking part in discussion sessions and pre-selection juries as well as supporting the important outreach work the charity provides through its school and community events programme.

For the 2024-25 financial year, Bad Wolf will be increasing support of Iris and committing to supporting the Best Feature category at the October festival, as well as ensuring a close collaboration between Iris and Screen Alliance Wales. The latter engagement will offer Iris a broader platform to reach the young people that Screen Alliance Wales inspire about careers in the high-end TV industry and will continue to highlight the value that diversity and inclusion brings to the stories we tell and the talented crews that work behind the scenes.

Iris will also be working with Bad Wolf to offer sessions for staff to take part in and opportunities for staff and crew to engage with Iris events and screenings.  Bad Wolf will also offer opportunities to gain a first-hand experience of working on one of the company’s many productions. The company recently announced that 28% of staff responding to its anonymous survey are from the LGBTQ+ community.

Jane Tranter, CEO of Bad Wolf, said “There is a natural synergy between Bad Wolf and the Iris Prize and I’m delighted that we are further cementing our relationship with such a vibrant, creative organisation.”

The Iris Prize Festival will take place in Vue Cinemas, Cardiff, on the 8th-13th of October.

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director said: “We are thrilled and delighted that Bad Wolf has increased their funding for Iris this year. Iris continues to offer the world’s largest short film prize and we’ve welcomed film makers from all over the world to create films here in the UK and more specifically Cardiff. The partnership between the Iris Prize and Bad Wolf continues to be a celebration of global stories and Cardiff charm.”

About Iris Prize:

The Iris Prize – the largest LGBTQ+ short film prize in the world is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. £30,000 is available to the winner to make a new LGBTQ+ themed film in the UK.  The festival is a BAFTA qualifying festival for the BAFTA awards.

The Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival – celebrating global stories and Cardiff charm, is a six-day celebration of LGBTQ+ film which takes place annually in Cardiff, Wales, UK.  The 2024 festival will be our 18th edition, and much has changed since the first 3-day festival in 2007 with 1,500 admissions. Today the flagship festival is almost a week-long, attracts 11,000 admissions, and the online offer is a month long.