To celebrate LGBT History Month, Iris Prize are giving one lucky filmmaker the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

The team behind Iris Prize, the Cardiff based LGBTQI film festival, have confirmed they are working with S4C and Tinint to help support a 48 hour short film challenge, called Her Ffilm Fer. 

For the competition, participants are asked to produce a short, original film that focuses on an aspect of LGBTQI life as the challenge coincides with LGBT History Month. Starting at 7pm on Friday 12 February, entrants will have 48 hours to produce their film which must relate to the chosen theme, which will be revealed by organisers just before the challenge goes live. 

If you’re a budding queer filmmaker and have a story to tell, this is the competition for you! The winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize and a VIP pass to the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival in October, where their film will be screened. There will also be an opportunity for the winners to further develop their film idea with the Iris Film Academy, a development scheme in partnership with the University of South Wales and S4C. 

Steffan Alun, comedian and challenge host commented: “During such a touch time for the country, I was thrilled to be invited to be a part of the Her Ffilm Fer. On a personal note, as a bisexual man, it’s exciting that the competition is celebrating LGBT+ History Month – this is a fantastic opportunity for us all to celebrate together.

“To this day, we are well behind as a nation in sharing LGBT+ stories in the media, so this is a chance for the Short Film Challenge to break new ground. These stories happen every day in the real world and it’s about time we see our films reflect that.

“It sounds daunting – producing a film in just 48 hours! But to be honest, it might be easier to produce something with those restraints. There’s no time to over-think, so everyone has to just for for it from the start.”

To take part in the competition, visit www.herffilmfer.cymru and follow Hansh on Instagram for more information about the competition. 

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