By Berwyn Rowlands
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16 August 2019
36 short films compete for the 2019 Iris Prize

19 countries represented in Cardiff final including for the first time Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia

The £30,000 prize continues to be funded by The Michael Bishop Foundation

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:

TITLE DIRECTOR COUNTRY           
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
Dubs Anthony Greyley UK
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
Greta Sparkman Clark 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
Marguerite Marianne Farley Canada
Mini DV Shauly Melamed Israel
Miss Chazelles Thomas Vernay France
Outdooring Maxwell Addae USA
The One You Never Forget Morgan Jon Fox USA
The Orphan (O Órfão) Carolina Markowicz Brazil
Ponyboi River Gallo USA
Renovation (Reforma) Fábio Leal Brazil
ruok Jay Russell USA
Skies Are Not Just Blue Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay Canada
Skin Audrey Rosenberg USA
Stigma (Estigma) David Velduque Spain
Strangers Jamieson Pearce Australia
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
Wonder Javier Molina USA

 

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
The Early Bird Passes are VERY limited, so book now to guarantee your Iris 2019 experience for the cheapest possible price. Get tickets at www.irisprize.org/tickets

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.

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