Tom Abell announced as new chair of LGBT+ film festival Iris Prize

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The future of Iris is bright, DIVAs! 🎥 BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY IRIS PRIZE In a moment of renewal for LGBT+ film festival Iris Prize, Tom Abell has been announced as the new chair. As the MD of Peccadillo Pictures, Tom is a respected figure in film, having been awarded the inaugural Iris Prize [….]

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Queer film fans! Iris Prize has just announced this year’s jury

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Members include award-winning director David Färdmar and our very own Roxy Bourdillon We couldn’t be more excited about the return of Cardiff’s annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. This six-day celebration of queer cinema is always a highlight in the DIVA diary and this year, its 15th edition, is no exception. Iris has just revealed [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Valentina

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Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos tells DIVA about this uplifting trans story set in Brazil BY NADIA DAVIES Described as a timely and transcendent drama, Valentina is an impressive debut feature from Cássio Pereira dos Santos about a trans teenager trying to navigate social stigma and bureaucratic barriers.  Describe your film in three words.  Uplifting [….]

BFI Flare is here, queer, and on a telly box near you now!

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Let DIVA guide you through the best lez/bi flicks at this year’s virtual fest BY DIVA STAFF The 35th edition of BFI Flare is well underway, with many films already sold out. But if you’re still trying to decide what to watch, don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through the best lez/bi flicks in [….]

SCREEN: Iris Prize Film Festival opens submissions for its 15th anniversary year

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The LGBTQI film festival is set to return in October with £30,000 up for grabs for a budding filmmaker BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Submissions are now open for the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Celebrating its 15th edition, the Cardiff based festival, is set to go ahead in October 2021. The organisers are determined to [….]

SCREEN: Want the lowdown on this year’s Raindance Film Festival?

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We are living for the Queer strand at Raindance 2020! BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS It’s that time of year again! Raindance Film Festival is back for 2020 and once again, one of the programming strands is completely queer.  In addition, there’s 50 feature films and documentaries screening online this year, plus short film programmes (including plenty [….]