We will be back from 8 - 12 October 2014 with the 8th edition of the Iris Prize Festival!
WELCOME / CROESO - The Iris Prize Festival 2013!
• Eytan Fox returns with Cupcakes to open 2013 festival
• New British talent Simon Savory to close with his love letter to the outsiders
• Amy Lamé returns to host the 2013 Awards Show
Organisers of the 2013 Iris Prize Festival have confirmed the opening and closing night films to screen at the annual Cardiff based film festival. Festival favourite Eytan Fox returns with a special preview screening of his new feel good film Cupcakes, which centres around a group of Tel Aviv friends who end up representing Israel in a Eurovision style competition.
“I’m thrilled that we are opening with Cupcakes. We have a long tradition of opening our festival with the work of Eytan Fox having screened The Bubble in 2007 and Yossi in 2012. Both films were warmly received by our audience. I’m sure they will be thrilled, as I am, with the news that we open this year with his latest offering,” said Festival Chair Andrew Pierce.
The festival closes with Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas by Simon Savory. The British filmmaker has already been thrilling audiences in the US with his first feature that he describes as a love letter to the outsiders, the weird and wonderful people who exist on the fringe, on the outside looking in.
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the work of Simon Savory. We believe he is a fresh voice with a strong commitment to bringing diverse stories to the big screen. We are also excited to see Simon return to Cardiff and the festival as a successful filmmaker having attended previous festivals supporting others when he worked for Peccadillo Pictures,” added Andrew.
Ahead of the official launch of the full festival programme on the 23rd August the organisers also confirmed that popular performer Amy Lamé will return to host the 2013 Awards Show. London based Lamé has been credited for taking the new look awards to another level in 2012 keeping the show lively and fresh without forgetting the gravitas of the occasion and the awarding of the £25,000 Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation.
“The Iris Prize Festival has become a world leader in supporting LGBT filmmakers. The opening and closing films are both examples of the diversity and accessibility of stories we have to tell about our communities that deserve as wide an audience as possible. Iris is proud to play it’s part in reaching new audiences for LGBT content,” he added.
CUPCAKES Trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch
BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS Trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch
Our full programme of amazing LGBT films is available HERE!