Organisers of the Iris Prize have today (16/08/2019) announced details of the 36 short films competing for the Iris Prize at the 2019 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. The winning director will be presented with £30,000 to make their next short film here in the UK, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation.
Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:
“This impressive shortlist represents the very best in LGBT+ storytelling, offering a window into queer lives of the past, present and future. From love stories to tales of persecution, moving documentaries to joyous celebrations of freedom and pride.
“I’m also delighted to include our first films from Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia. This further confirms our role in sharing stories from across the world.
“I can’t wait to see them on a big screen and enjoy the conversations that flow after each screening. The introduction last year of the themed discussions after every screening was popular with our audience – a safe space for all of us to talk and just as important to listen”
As you might expect, as well as reflecting the freedoms many LGBT+ people enjoy, those stories remind us that there are places, often close to home, where those freedoms are either compromised, threatened or non-existent. They take us from the jungles of Peru to rural India, via a Portuguese village and a high-rise flat in Sarajevo.
The full list of nominated films:
|Black Hat||Sarah Smith||USA|
|The Booth||Rohin Raveendran||India|
|Break Me (Knus meg)||Irasj Asanti||Norway|
|By the End of the Night (Que la nuit s’achève)||Denoal Rouaud||France|
|Carlito Leaves Forever (Carlito se va para siempre)||Quentin Lazzarotto||Peru/France/Spain|
|Crash and Burn, Honey||Dawid Ullgren||Sweden|
|Dante vs. Muhammed Ali||Marc Wagenaar||Netherlands|
|Delivery Boy||Hugo Kenzo||Hong Kong|
|EQUAL||Gillian Callan||Northern Ireland|
|FAME||Christian Christian Hödl, Lene Pottgießer||Germany|
|Ficus (Fikus)||Andrey Volkashin||Bosnia & Herzegovina / North Macedonia|
|Girl Friend||Chloe Sarbib||USA|
|How to Live Your Life Correctly||Xindi Lou||USA|
|In Case of Fire (Em Case de Fogo)||Tomás Paula Marques||Portugal|
|Joy Boy||Stef Smith||Australia|
|Leaking Blue (Azul Vazante)||Julia Alquéres||Brazil|
|Mini DV||Shauly Melamed||Israel|
|Miss Chazelles||Thomas Vernay||France|
|The One You Never Forget||Morgan Jon Fox||USA|
|The Orphan (O Órfão)||Carolina Markowicz||Brazil|
|Renovation (Reforma)||Fábio Leal||Brazil|
|Skies Are Not Just Blue||Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay||Canada|
|Stigma (Estigma)||David Velduque||Spain|
|Terminally in Love||Justin Black, Emily Jenkins||Canada|
|Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love||Pip Kelly||Australia|
|U for Usha||Rohan Parashuram Kanawade||India|
|We Outlaws (红裙下)||Wang Kaixuan||China|
Media assets and more information:
View the 2019 Iris Prize Montage features original music composed by Freddie Hill, a graduate of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama here: LINK
You can read more about each film, the directors and view trailers by following this link: LINK
Early Bird Passes still available
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The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, BBC Cymru Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, For Cardiff, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect, University of South Wales and Cineworld. The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.