The 15 richly diverse films from across the UK competing for a package of services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group

BY DIVA STAFF

The wait is over for filmmakers as the organisers of the Iris Prize, announce the directors of the short films who are competing for this year’s Iris Prize Best British Short supported by Film4.  For the first time in the festival’s history, UK audiences can watch all the nominated shorts for free online via All4 , 6 – 11 October.

This year saw a record number of submissions from all over the country. The shortlisted films explore a multitude of stories reflecting richly diverse LGBTQI+ experiences of contemporary British life in cities or countryside.

The shortlist really is a joyous celebration of how we express our individuality in our community, our family, and the wider world, helping to bring us together. 

The shortlist of 15 films are:

BETTER (UK, 2019) – directed by Michael J Ferns                                                                           

CINDY (UK/ France, 2020) – directed by Rosanagh Griffiths                                                                       

DUNGAREES (UK, 2020) – directed by Abel Rubinstein                                                                                   

GO HOME POLISH (UK, 2019) – directed by Ian Smith                                                                                     

JUST ME(UK, 2019) – directed by Adam Tyler                                                                                                   

MANDEM (UK, 2019) – directed by John Ogunmuyiwa

MY GOD, I’M QUEER (UK, 2020) – directed by Matt Mahmood-Ogston                                                       

PAINT THE DRAGONS’ EYES (UK, 2020) – directed by James Lucas                                                              

POMPEII (UK, 2019)   – directed by Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi & Matthew Jacobs Morgan                 

QUEENS (UK, 2020)   – directed by Nick Bechman 

QUEERING DI TEKNOLOJIK (UK, 2019) – directed by Timothy Smith 

RHIW GOCH (ON THE RED HILL) (UK, 2020) – directed by Anna Winstone 

THE PASSING (UK, 2020) – directed by Nichola Wong 

THE SCENE (UK, 2019) – directed by James Corley 

WINGS (UK, 2020) – directed by Jamie Weston

This year also marks the first of new three-year sponsorship agreement with British producer/broadcaster Film4. The agreement will see Film4 acquire broadcast and streaming rights to each of the 15 British LGBT+ short films shortlisted for the newly rebranded Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4.

The 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation will be announced shortly with £30,000 prize going to the winning director. The Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest LGBT+ short film prize.

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, commented: “Congratulations to the Class of 2020, in a year where good news is at a premium, I’m delighted we have 15 superbly crafted stories to share in the Best British competition. This year was particularly competitive with many previous Iris alumni not making the final 15.

“I can’t wait to share these films for the first time with a UK wide audience. I hope that the many thousands who have shown an interest in Iris but have been unable to join us in Cardiff for our annual celebration of LGBT+ cinema, will get a better idea of what the fuss is all about. These films are without a doubt the best of the best.”

The festival opens on Tuesday 6 October and closes Sunday 11 October, with all screenings, talks and events available online for free. There will also be a pay-per-view catch-up service which will run until the end of October.

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film4, University of South Wales, Co-op Respect, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Peccadillo Pictures, Pinewood Studios, Attitude Magazine, DIVA Magazine and The Ministry of Sound.  

The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.

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