Can’t make this year’s festival? Continued sponsorship from Film4 means that all of the shortlisted projects will be available to view on All 4
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY IRIS PRIZE
Supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, The Iris Prize is the largest LGBTQIA+ short film prize in the world. A six-day celebration of film, this year’s Iris Prize will be taking place in Cardiff from 5-10 October, and the shortlist of nominees for the Best British Short has just been unveiled. Get excited, DIVAs!
With 15 films from across the UK, 2021’s Iris Prize celebrates diversity. The winner will receive an exclusive screening of their film in the deluxe John Barry Theatre at Pinewood Studios, accompanied by a red carpet and a welcome reception complete with drinks and canapes. Bougie! Their film will also be shown on All 4 along with all the other nominees.
This year’s nominations explore the darker moments of queer and trans existence, but ultimately focus on diversity, representation, and importantly, joy. Trans and disability representation are the focal point of this year’s nominations, with Leo LeBeau’s Birthday Boy focussing on the journey of a transgender teenager and Ian Smiths’ Three Letters platforming disability in the form of star Paul Davies, the former Mr Gay Wales.
Lesbian, directed by Rosemary Baker and written by British-Syrian writer Lisa Luxx, is a poem about the connotations of the word ‘lesbian’ and the decades of toxic undertones it has acquired. It’s nominated for both the International and Best Film prizes.
George Webster, is the star of S.A.M and an ambassador for Mencap, a charity supporting those living with learning disabilities. David Tag of Hollyoaks and Sam Retford of Ackley Bridge similarly feature, and the film explores how people living with a learning disability can feel about love and sexuality. Directed by Neil Ely and Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, both have been previously nominated for the Best of British. Lloyd collected the prize for popular short Closets in 2015.
Can’t make this year’s festival? Continued sponsorship from Film4 means that all of the shortlisted projects will be available to view on All 4. Hurray for home-based viewing! Read more about this year’s Iris Prize online, and enjoy the trailer below, featuring music from Scottish synth-pop duo HYYTS.
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