Organisers of Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have today (17 January 2022) announced details of a new Iris Prize Documentary Film Finance Fund Sponsored by FROOT and Aberystwyth University. A total fund of £60,000 will support three documentary films with an annual request for ideas from filmmakers each January.
The purpose of the fund is to support queer British documentary filmmakers - with a particular emphasis on those from underrepresented groups.
Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director said: "This is a major commitment to support the development of LGBT+ film making in the UK. This partnership allows the finished documentaries to be seen by a global audience thanks to the extensive network of OUTtv Media Group Inc which includes FROOT.
The support from Aberystwyth University is both a welcome cash commitment in the individual films but also a fabulous opportunity for film makers to access the wealth of support available from the University.
We are delighted that this fund, added to our existing commitments via the Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4, will see more content being created and share with a global audience."
Philip Webb, COO of OUTtv Media Group Inc said: "We are thrilled to be working with Team Iris to support the wealth of talent in the UK. We are very keen to support film makers who love documentaries. We want to entertain and inform audiences and new voices."
"The purpose of the fund is to support queer British documentary filmmakers - with a particular emphasis on those from underrepresented groups."