Previous Iris Prize winners reunite for international jury along with Team GB international hockey player, Sarah Jones 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

This week, our lovely friends at Iris Prize welcomed a fresh group of diversely talented individuals who have excelled in their chosen fields as jury members judging the films in Best of British and the international Iris Prize categories. 

With the festival programme available online for free, UK-wide audiences will be able to view all the shorts films for the first time. With Film 4 supporting the Best of British Award, Iris Prize has embraced this new partnership by inviting Tim Highsted, Film4’s Senior Editor of Acquired Feature Films, to chair the jury. He’s joined by Team GB Women’s hockey player Sarah Jones, actress Rakie Ayola, director of My Brother, The Devil Sally El Hosaini, and Scottish filmmaker Charlie Francis, who won Iris Best of British Award for Middle Man in 2014.

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Today we shared the news of the brilliant individuals who are sitting on the Iris Juries this year! We're delighted to introduce you to the Best of British Jury – with Film 4 supporting the Best of British Award, Iris Prize has embraced this new partnership by inviting Tim Highsted, Film4’s Senior Editor of Acquired Feature Films, to chair the jury. He’s joined by Team GB Women’s hockey player Sarah Jones, actress Rakie Ayola, director of My Brother, The Devil Sally El Hosaini, and Scottish filmmaker Charlie Francis, who won Iris Best British Award for Middle Man in 2014. #iris20 #filmfestival #lgbt #lgbtfilm #lgbtqfilm #queerfilm #filmmaker #filmmaking #shortfilm #filmfest #cardiff #wales #onlinefestival #freefilmfestival #featurefilm #irisprize #irisprizefestival #bestbritish

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Berwyn Rowlands, the festival director, commented: “This year is proving to be our biggest celebration ever as we share our programme of LGBT+ films with a UK wide audience. The partnership with Film4 is a huge boost to our work especially in highlighting British Talent. So, obviously we also wanted to bring together a dynamic Jury which would help us shine a light on the best LGBT+ film content from the UK. 

“The film executive, producer, actors, writers, director and athlete are all at the top of their game and are a fabulous example of creativity and diversity. Together they represent a picture of Britain at its best and I’m delighted they have been able to accept our invitation to judge this year.” 

With the pandemic presenting many challenges, Iris has been resourceful in embracing the strength of its relationships with many filmmakers from across the world who have participated in the festival over the years. This means that international jury has been assembled from many of directors who have been previous winners of either the Iris Prize or Best of British Award. The chosen winners will be revealed on the closing night of the festival. 

The festival opens on Tuesday 6 October and closes on 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.

Head over to the Iris Prize website for more information on the full programme and how you can get involved.

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